Emergency Guidelines & Information
If an emergency develops on campus — weather based or critical incident — you will find information through some or all of the following, depending on the incident and the conditions at the time:
- On campus public address system
- Ohio University Eastern's homepage
- Ohio University's Emergency Information page
- Your campus e-mail (Catmail and Exchange accounts)
- Phone or Text message
- All students taking a class at OUE will be automatically entered into the OUE Emergency Notification System.
- This web page
Campus-wide Class Cancellation Announcement Procedures
When classes are cancelled campus-wide at the Eastern Campus or when the Eastern Campus is closed due to severe winter weather or other exceptional situations, an official announcement will be sent to students who participate in the emergency alert system, posted at the OUE homepage (www.ohio.edu/eastern), emailed to OHIO accounts, and recorded in the phone message system (call 740-699-2543) as quickly as the circumstances allow. The announcement will specify the following information:
- Date of campus-wide class cancellation or campus closure
- Part of the day: one-, two-,or three-hour delay, day, evening
A “one-hour delay” for example will mean classes that start before 9AM are cancelled; those that start after 9AM will meet as normal. “Day classes cancelled” will mean that classes that start before 5PM will be cancelled. “Evening classes cancelled” will mean that classes that start at 5PM or later will be cancelled.
Announcements will generally be made at least two hours before the start of the cancellation time frame when possible. Day cancellations might follow morning delays; evening cancellations might follow day cancellations, so please look for updates. Special events are also automatically cancelled during campus-wide class cancellations or closings.
The media venues listed below will be asked to provide announcements. The correctness of their broadcasts cannot be guaranteed and should be double-checked against the campus homepage or phone message system.
- WTOV Channel 9
- WTRF Channel 7
- WOUB – 91.3FM – 1340AM
- WWVA – 1170AM
Students are always advised to check their emails before commuting to campus in case particular professors have needed to cancel class. Since road conditions may vary substantially around the area, students should use their own judgment about the commute when their classes are not cancelled. Student safety is always our first concern. However, missed class work must be made up in consultation with the professor. Consultation with your professor before your absence is highly recommended.