Class Cancellations & Advisories
This page is your source for the most up-to-date and reliable information regarding class cancellations and campus closings. Before calling the campus, check here to learn if an individual class has been canceled or in the event of inclement weather, if the campus has canceled all classes.
STARK CAMPUS ADVISORIES
- Official Kent State Advisory page
- Kent State Stark will post advisories on the homepage, here and on social media.
Flash ALERTS is Kent State’s official emergency text notification system to alert subscribers of critical information no matter what time it is or where they are in the world. Flash ALERTS expands the university's ability to send critical news and information to the university community during campus emergencies.
Daily Individual Class Cancellations
When an instructor cancels class as reported by the Dean's Office, the cancellation will be listed here. Every effort will be made to post class cancellations in a timely manner.
Canceling Stark Campus Classes
While the safety of our people is our priority, in general the university does not close or cancel classes because of cold weather, winter ice and/or snow. However, there are those rare occasions when weather conditions may delay or cancel classes, or close the Stark Campus. (Note: Kent State campuses will follow the general guidelines below, but each campus makes its own decisions based on weather conditions near their campuses.)
When snow and/or ice threatens, or extreme cold prevails, we expect to announce our actions by 5:30 a.m. for morning and all-day cancellations, 10 a.m. for afternoon classes and 3 p.m. for evening classes. In general, our decision will be guided by the condition of major roadways leading to campus, by the condition of campus roadways and sidewalks, and by our ability to clear our parking lots. For extreme cold, we will delay or cancel when the wind chill reaches (or is predicted to reach) -20 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period.
In the event that a Kent State Stark cancels classes due to inclement weather or other emergency, university policy specifies that:
- Morning classes begin before 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Afternoon classes begin after 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Evening classes begin after 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For example, if your class begins at 3:30 p.m. and evening classes are canceled, you are still expected to attend your 3:30 p.m. class.
Assessing Weather Conditions
Campus administration and staff continually monitor road conditions throughout the day and evening to determine if classes are to be canceled or delayed. Students are responsible for assessing their own situation to determine if it is too hazardous to travel to campus. Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their professor if they are unable to attend class due to inclement weather. Students are expected to understand their individual professor’s policies regarding class attendance as indicated on the course syllabus.
Kent State Winter Weather Advisory Information
- Read Announcement by Todd A. Diacon, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Mark M. Polatajko, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration - email announcement in FlashLine on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
Questions regarding the campus's closing policy should be directed to the Dean's Office at 330-244-3209, located in 112 Main Hall.
Should it be necessary to cancel all classes for any reason, cancellations will be announced via local radio and television stations. Announcements of class cancellations and/or campus closings will be made on the following stations:
|AM RADIO||FM RADIO||TELEVISION||WEB|
|WHLO 640||WZKL 92.5||FOX TV||CANTONREP.COM|
|WTAM 1100||WHBC 94.1||WKYC 3||WKSU.ORG|
|WDPN 1310||WQMX 94.9||WEWS 5|
|WJER1450||WAKS 96.5||WJW 8|
|WHBC 1480||WONE 97.5||WOIO 19|
|WJMP 1520||WKDD 98.1||WVPX 23|
|WAKR 1590||WGAR 99.5||WVIZ 25|
|RADIO FREE OHIO 1350||WTUZ 99.9||WAOH 29|
|WNIR 100||WUAB 43|