Inclement Weather Reminders

As winter approaches, the Marshall community is reminded about how the university responds when inclement weather occurs.
Should there be weather conditions that make travel potentially dangerous, students and employees are reminded to use their own judgment before venturing out. 

Faculty members should make every effort to notify students in advance if they need to cancel class. 

Students should inform and work with their instructors regarding expected absences due to weather, including any updates to their course schedules and assignments. 

If weather conditions prevent employees from getting to work or getting to work on time, they should notify their supervisor as soon as possible to make arrangements to charge accrued annual leave for the portion of the workday missed.

 A declaration of a weather emergency by the governor does not automatically close Marshall University campuses or offices. In addition, cancellation or delays announced by local K-12 county school systems do not affect Marshall University.
Generally it is the university’s policy to maintain its normal schedule, even when conditions are inclement. Any decision to cancel or delay classes – or to close the university or a divisional campus or office – will be made after university administrators have consulted about the condition of campus grounds and facilities, and reviewed area road conditions. Decisions regarding morning cancellations or delays will generally be made and announced by 6 a.m.
How will I know if there are delays or cancellations?
When it is necessary to alter the university’s operating schedule in response to weather conditions, every effort is made to notify everyone affected—students, faculty, staff and the general public—expeditiously and comprehensively in the following ways:
  • Marshall’s homepage (Note: The authoritatively correct statement of the institution’s operating status is stipulated by university policy to be the message across the top of the homepage.)
  • Local television and radio stations
  • Social media – @marshallu on Facebook and Twitter
The following terminology often is used in notifications:
  • University Closed:  All classes suspended and offices closed
  • Classes Cancelled:  All classes suspended and offices open
  • Delay Code A:  Classes are delayed, but no delay in the opening of offices
  • Delay Code B:  Classes and office openings are delayed
Class operation under delays:  Under both categories of delay, students should go to the class that would begin at the stated delay time or the class that would have convened within 30 minutes of the stated delay time. A two-hour delay means that classes that begin at 10 a.m. begin on time. Classes that begin at 9:30 a.m. meet at 10 a.m. and continue for the remaining period of that class.
Certain critical and emergency employees may be required to report to work on time or earlier than normally scheduled despite the particular delay code published.
During severe weather events, Housing and Residence Life makes available residence hall rooms for commuter students and employees who wish to stay overnight. When accommodations are available, specific information is announced via Marshall’s official social media accounts and university e-mail.
In the event of delays and cancellations, many units will remain operational, including dining and residence hall services, grounds and housekeeping crews, medical clinics and others. Members of the university community should check the university’s homepage at for updates regarding changes to scheduled events and services.
Marshall University’s complete policy regarding inclement weather is available at