Snow day or school day? Provost explains how decision to cancel classes is made

February 26th, 2015



When more than six inches of snow cover the ground, and the temperature begins to drop, one thing is certain: You will see students tweeting at John Carroll University’s official Twitter account, @JohnCarrollU, asking when school will be cancelled.


But, complaining to the Twitter account does not increase the chances of cancellation of classes or help postpone them. According to Provost and Academic Vice President Jeanne Colleran, the decision to cancel classes is a collaborative effort.


“The Provost makes the decision in consultation with the head of Campus Safety Services,” Colleran said. The most common reasons to close the University are significant amounts of snow and dangerous temperatures.


“Safety of our students and the University community is the primary consideration,” Colleran continued.


However, completely cancelling of classes is not always necessary. While some professors and commuter students must drive to school, many students walk. If the weather is predicted to clear up in the afternoon, the University will most likely opt for a delay, rather than a school-wide cancellation.


“A delay depends on whether the weather will improve, so that transportation to the University will be safe and that walking to and from classes will be safe,” Colleran said.


In the event of a delay, classes that begin before noon will be cancelled, not pushed back.


Where exactly can students go to find out whether or not school has been cancelled for sure? Students should verify that the information comes from a reliable source. The first source to check should either be or local news programs. Students can also sign up for text and email alerts from the University by visiting JCU’s Alert Rave Wireless website to get up-to-date information on whether or not classes will go on as scheduled.