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In cases of emergency or severe weather affecting students and employees on the campuses of Ohio University Southern, different means of communication will be used to share important information with students and employees.
 
In the case of an emergency situation on campus or for weather related closures, information will be provided via the Emergency Notification System. The emergency notification system dispenses information via multiple media platforms (text message, email, and direct phone call).

The information system uses your contact information from your My OHIO account. Keep your My OHIO information updated to receive emergency notifications.
 
To ensure that you receive the most current emergency updates, take a moment to update your personal information.

 

Ohio University Students:
 
Ohio University Faculty/Staff:
Additionally, if the emergency is a critical incident, or becomes a critical incident, you will find information through some or all of the following, depending on the incident and the conditions at the time:
- Campus Outdoor Alert System
- Wailing siren for weather emergencies and tri-tone siren for Armed Intruder Situation.
- Ohio University Southern homepage
- Your Ohio University e-mail
- Non-tech methods (on-the-ground teams, bullhorns, posted alerts, etc.)
 

*Disclaimer: Ohio University will attempt to provide timely, important messages that are as accurate as possible under the circumstances. In an emergency, however, all forms of communication can become unreliable.

 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
When weather conditions are such or are anticipated to be such as to merit consideration for altering the normal operations of the campus, the following guidelines will be used:
 
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  • In the event of severe weather (e.g., tornado, ice storm, blizzard), the Dean or designee will have the final authority to make the decision to cancel classes or close the campus.
  • Decisions will be based on the most current weather information available at the time gathered from a variety of sources including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, National Weather Service forecasts, and OUS Facilities Management Department.
  • The decision to cancel off-campus course offerings, including operations in Proctorville and the Ohio Horse Park, will rest with the Dean or designee. Courses held at off-campus locations outside of University control will be subject to the policies and procedures of the governing authority (e.g., workshops / classes held at a public school building).
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When inclement weather threatens and forces delays, cancellations, and / or closures, notification will be made to area radio and television stations as noted below.

The media venues listed below will also be asked to announce campus-wide class cancellation information. The correctness of their broadcasts cannot be guaranteed and should be double-checked against the OHIO homepage or campus phone message system when possible.

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Station
Channel/Dial
City
TELEVISION
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WOWK--TV
13
Huntington
WSAZ--TV
3
Huntington
RADIO
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WAMX
106.3 FM
Huntington
WCMI
1340 AM
Ashland
WDGG
93.7 FM
Huntington
WIOI
1010 AM
South Shore
WIRO
1230 AM
Ironton
WKEE
100.5 FM
Huntington
WLGC
105.7 FM
Greenup
WNXT
1260 AM & 99.3 FM
Portsmouth
WPAY
104.1 FM
Portsmouth
WRVC
930 AM & 92.7 FM
Huntington
WTCR
103.3 FM
Huntington
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CANCELLING OR DELAYING CLASSES
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If one or more of the following conditions exist, the Dean or designee will consider Delaying or Canceling Classes:
  • The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office issues a Snow Emergency (SEE NOTE BELOW).
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  • Area college campuses (e.g., Shawnee State University, Marshall University, Ashland Community College) close because of inclement weather.
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  • Facilities Management Department personnel are unable to clear Campus roads and parking lots to a sufficient degree as to allow safe travel.
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  • One or more major access roads (i.e., US-52, SR-141, SR-93, SR-243) to OUS is/are closed because of unsafe road conditions.
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CLOSING THE CAMPUS
If one or more of the following conditions exist, the Dean or designee will consider closing the campus:
 
  • The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office issues a LEVEL 3 Snow Emergency
    (SEE NOTE BELOW).
  • The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office issues a LEVEL 2 Snow Emergency
    (SEE NOTE BELOW), and conditions on campus are so severe that access to parking lots and buildings is unsafe.
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