Inclement weather updates — Is the campus open?

Contact: Shana Sechrist, VP for HR and Risk Management

Here’s how to find out whether the university is closed or delayed in opening due to winter weather.


Winter weather is forecast for this week and we want to address inquiries about how one finds out if the university is closed because of weather conditions. The university has rarely closed, and it not likely to close unless there is a significant snow or ice storm. Please note that throughout the winter, walkways and parking lots on campus are not likely to be cleared of ice and snow in the early morning hours, so please plan and navigate through campus accordingly.

If a decision is made to close or delay the opening of campus, the decision will be made by 6 a.m. each weekday. This information will be available in the following ways:

1) Call the University switchboard for a recorded message at 503-370-6300. (Please do not call Campus Safety for this information).

2) Watch Salem area TV news stations and read the "crawl" message on the bottom of the screen.

3) Go to the Willamette University web page. An update will be posted in the upper left corner of the University's homepage:

4) An all campus email will be sent out.

If you are unsure whether it is prudent to travel in slippery conditions, you should use your personal judgment and make the right decision for yourself regarding coming to work or attending classes. If employees are unable to report to work because of the weather, they should contact their supervisor.

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