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Closing and Delay Procedures

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a commuter institution and recognizes the commitments that its employees and students make to attend work, classes, and events at the College’s locations. In that regard, Penn Highlands will remain open and operational unless extreme weather conditions or other emergencies do not permit it to do so.

In consultation with key administrative staff, the responsibility for the decision to close the College rests with the College President. In the case of severe weather which limits the College from safely opening campus buildings, the College will close as a unit. In a localized emergency or weather condition, a campus or center may be closed individually at the direction of the Center Director, in consultation with the College President.

To be notified by text message of delays and closings due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, please click here and register for PEAK txt, our emergency notification system.

It is not the College’s intention to place any student or employee into a perilous situation. Therefore individuals must exercise discretion in determining what actions they wish to take in weather or other college-related emergency situations. Employees may use paid leave time to avoid unsafe travel and the College has asked our faculty to provide for a liberal leave policy for students who are unable to travel due to inclement weather. The College does not strictly follow the delays and cancellations of local school districts.


This communication outlines the procedures that will be followed for inclement weather conditions and serves as an official notice for all members of the college community:

When weather or other issues cause delays in the opening of any location, classes will resume when the College reopens. In other words, should the College delay opening until 10 am, students enrolled in a course that is scheduled to be in session at 10 am will report to that class.

Examples:

  • Class is scheduled from 8:00am to 9:15am and the College start time is delayed until 10am – Do not report.
  • Class is scheduled from 9:25am to 10:40am and College start time is delayed until 10am – Report to this class at 10am.
  • Class is scheduled from 9:00am to 12:00pm and College start time is delayed until 10am – Report to this class at 10am.