University Closure Policy

Dear Members of the Kent State Community: 

One of our responsibilities is recommending cancellations and closures due to severe weather.

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 Kent Campus. (Note: Kent State University's Regional 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 shovel 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.

Special note on delayed openings:  For consistency, delayed openings on Mondays through Fridays will usually be at 10 a.m. We are aware that many classes begin at 9:55 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Opening at 9:55 a.m. would mean that faculty, staff, and commuter students would begin to arrive at 9:30 a.m., which would not provide sufficient time for our snow removal crews to clear parking lots and sidewalks. The standard start times on Tuesdays and Thursdays are 9:40 and 11 a.m. 

There are three ways to learn about delays, class cancellations or campus closings:

  • Flash ALERTS message and FlashLine email. You can subscribe to Flash ALERTS at
  • Kent State website. (a red bar containing an announcement will appear on the top of the home page if there is a cancellation or closing)
  • Television and radio broadcasts.

 Below are additional points to keep in mind:

  • When classes are cancelled, university services remain open. This means that staff members are expected to report to work as usual.
  • Employees and commuting students should always employ sound personal judgments regarding the safety of their travel when deciding whether or not to report to work or classes. Students must arrange to make up missed work promptly; university leave policy governs the reporting and recording of work absences.
  • Students in special classes, such as clinical rotations, should consult with their dean on the appropriate procedures for an early morning delay or cancellation.
  • A closing order from the Governor's Office applies to state office buildings and other state employees in the field. Colleges and universities do not fall into this category.

Please be safe as you travel this winter, and go Flashes!


Todd A. Diacon

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Mark M. Polatajko

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration