Emergency Closing Information
Should the closure of campus be necessary due to weather or other emergencies, text announcements will be sent via the Buckeye Alert System. An announcement will also be placed on the Ohio State Newark homepage, newark.osu.edu, on local TV and radio stations, and on the Newark campus emergency closing phone line: 740-755-7193.
Register or update your information at the Buckeye Alert web page.
Ohio State Newark strives to remain open to ensure continuity of services to its students and to the public. When campus is open, all students, faculty and staff are expected to make a reasonable effort to attend. However, campus closure may be necessary as a result of severe weather or other emergencies. When Ohio State Newark announces an emergency closure, all credit and non-credit classes and activities scheduled by the university will be cancelled.
If a Level 3 Weather Emergency is declared in Licking County, classes will be cancelled and Ohio State Newark will be closed.
If a Level 1 or 2 Weather Emergency is declared in Licking County, Ohio State Newark will make every effort to remain open.
Campus Closure – Delayed Opening
In some instances, Ohio State Newark will delay the opening of campus until a specified time.
If campus opening is delayed, classes that started prior to the delay’s conclusion will be cancelled (i.e., if campus is placed on a delay and won’t open until 10 a.m., all classes that would have started prior to 10 a.m. will be cancelled).
Staff will report at the specified opening time. If campus opening is delayed, conditions will be reassessed prior to reopening to determine if the campus can be reopened safely, the delay will be extended or campus will be closed.
Faculty members will notify students by email if an individual class is cancelled.
Conditions for Closing
The safety of students, faculty and staff is the university’s top priority. If Ohio State Newark has not issued an official closing or delay, students are expected to exercise their judgement in determining whether to attend classes. Students are accountable for any material and assignments missed during an absence without an official closure or delay. When Ohio State Newark is open, vacation time will be used by employees who choose to stay at home or are unable to travel to their campus work location.
The decision to close campus or cancel classes in the event of severe weather is made using guidelines that are, by design, very flexible. There is no absolute temperature, snowfall amount or other specific hazard that triggers a closure. Many groups provide information and recommendations through the Office of Public Safety to campus leadership. Campus officials also monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service. Some factors taken into consideration in the decision to cancel classes/and or close campus are:
- existence of Level 3 Weather Emergencies
- road conditions within the central Ohio region
- current weather conditions and the forecast for the next 1-12 hours in Newark
- status of the buildings, parking lots, roadways and sidewalks on campus
- presence of extreme ice and/or snow
- excessive wind
- severe cold