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Class Cancellation Announcement Procedures

Visit for a list of individual class cancellations.  Read below for campus-wide cancellation procedures.




When classes are cancelled campus-wide in Lancaster or Pickerington due to severe weather or other exceptional situations, an official announcement will be sent as emergency texts and emails to everyone who is signed up to receive the notifications. To be sure that you are signed up to get the notifications, make sure that your contact information is entered correctly with Ohio University by using the “Receive Notification” link at  Announcements will also be posted at the OUL|P homepages, in OUL|P phone message system (call (740) 654-6711 or (614) 367-9371) as quickly as circumstances allow.

The announcement will specify the following information:

  • Date of cancellation;
  • Specific time when classes are cancelled or all day;
  • Location: Lancaster and/or Pickerington Center.


Generally weather-related announcements will be made two hours in advance of a change. Typically this will follow the schedule:

6:30AM for morning classes (starting before noon);

10:30AM for afternoon classes (starting from noon to 5:00PM); and

3:30PM for evening classes (starting after 5:00PM).

Special events are included in campus-wide cancellations or closings unless specifically noted on our web site.

Many area media outlets announce campus-wide class cancellation information. The Ohio University Lancaster web page should be checked as it reflects the official notification of any cancellations. Visit the OUL App Alert page or campus email and text message system for announcements.

Since road conditions may vary substantially around the area, students should use their best judgment about safely commuting 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.




On occasion, a professor may be unable to conduct a class due to professional travel, illness, unexpected personal reasons, or weather related travel conditions specific to their location. It is expected that professional travel needs will be known and announced in advance to the class.  Weather-related class cancellations are delegated to the Dean by the President and classes are to be held unless cancelled by the Dean. However, as safety is a primary concern, occasionally faculty must cancel an individual class (ideally with two hours’ notice) if weather conditions at their home, office or vehicle dictate.  Faculty are encouraged to cancel classes incrementally, waiting 2-3 hours before a class to assess current conditions related to their travel before cancelling each class.

If a faculty member should cancel an individual class for any reason, the faculty member must email the distribution list “Lancaster Cancelled Section” ( and their students.  Upon receiving such notification, the Faculty Support Offices post an official cancellation at the campus homepage under “Class Cancellations.” Students enrolled in cancelled classes are advised to check OHIO email and Blackboard prior to coming to class on days with inclement weather for possible cancellations and any special instructions from the professor. Students should contact the Associate Dean with any concerns about cancelled class notifications.

Students who cannot access the web at home are advised to ask a friend in class for a phone call when their shared class is cancelled.

Dr. James Smith, Dean

Ohio University Lancaster Campus/Pickerington Center

November 26, 2018