Department of Public Safety

690 South Church Street
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
610-436-3311


Weather Alert Notification

Please do not call Public Safety for class delays or cancellations as such calls will tie up phone lines needed for emergencies.

* Severe weather events that may require those on campus to take shelter will be categorized as Priority 1 Major Emergency and assessment and response to severe weather events will be conducted within the framework of the WCU Emergency Operations Plan.

Weather Emergency Policies and Procedures

For information on the University's response for snow removal and how to report hazardous conditions, see the Snow Walks Plan on the WCU Facilities website.

Communication Methods

When adverse weather conditions affect the routine operation of the University, the primary communication methods for announcements regarding class cancellations, delayed openings, and/or University closings will be initiated from the WCU Official Weather Notification account as follows:

1. Posted on WCU’s homepage at www.wcupa.edu - the most up-to-date and specific information, including any changes as the weather develops, event cancellations or postponements, or any changes to the final exam schedule will be posted on the WCU homepage.

2. Text message to WCU Alert subscribers – West Chester University offers a text messaging subscription service for all faculty, staff, and students to receive notifications of class delays or cancellations due to weather. While there is no cost to subscribe, some cell phone providers may apply a small cost per text message sent or received. Subscribers will receive text messages on any device that accepts text messaging (SMS) through cellular service, such as cell phones, text pagers, BlackBerrys, and some wireless PDAs. In addition, there is an option to have messages sent to a personal email address.

Of equal importance, this text messaging service is used to warn the campus of major emergencies and/or safety threats.

Subscribe to receive text messages of weather-related cancellations or delays at www.wcupa.edu/wcualert

3. Mass emails to faculty, staff and students via WCU-assigned email accounts - All WCU faculty, staff and students must activate and maintain regular access to University-provided electronic email accounts. Departments that supervise employees with limited or unavailable computer resources are responsible to provide alternative notification systems for these employees and/or students.

4. Recorded message on WCU’s Information Line – 610-436-1000. However, the WCU homepage will always carry the most updated information as the weather event unfolds or as information is posted regarding cancellation/postponement of events.

5. Broadcast on many radio, TV stations and TV websites. Below is a listing of the TV and radio stations that will be contacted should the University need to announce a closing or delayed opening due to weather. Some radio and TV stations utilize a system of code numbers keyed to affected schools for cancellations and announcements. West Chester University’s code number and applicable prefix are: 853 for cancellation of day classes and 2853 for evening classes.

Because the radio and TV stations are generally not able to provide detailed information, the most accurate and detailed information will be maintained on the WCU’s homepage at www.wcupa.edu.

TV listings:

ABC Channel 6 or www.wpvi.com

CBS TV 3 www.KYW1060.com

Fox TV 29

NBC TV 10

WGAL TV 8

Radio stations:

WSBA 910 AM

KYW-1060 or www.KYW1060.com

WCOJ 1420 AM

WILM 1450 AM

WCHE 1520 AM

WCUR 91.7 FM

WDAC 94.5 FM

WJBR 99.5 FM

WARM 103 FM

WDAS 105.3 FM or www.nbcphiladelphia.com/

WKDN 106.9 FM

Communication Timing

Announcements regarding daytime classes, delayed openings, or University closings will generally be publicized by 6:00 a.m. Announcements regarding evening classes will generally be publicized by 1:00 p.m. Evening classes are defined as those classes starting at 4 PM or thereafter.

On Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings, a one-hour delay means that the 8 a.m. class is cancelled. A two-hour delay means that both the 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. classes are cancelled.

On Tuesday or Thursday mornings, either a 90-minute delay or class cancellation will be called.

Essential Personnel

Although classes may be delayed or cancelled, all essential personnel must report on their regular schedule.

Events and other WCU-related functions

Generally, should adverse weather conditions make it inadvisable to operate the University, all University-related events or functions will also be cancelled. The WCU homepage at www.wcupa.edu will carry the most up-to-date and specific information regarding event cancellation or postponement notices.

Persons attending events scheduled to occur at the University by non-University organizations should contact their event organizer for cancellation information.