Severe Weather Policy

The Manitowoc Campus rarely cancels classes for winter weather.

Students are expected to do their best to keep their academic commitments — just as they would honor commitments to a paid job — but also make responsible decisions about their own safety.

Like other employers and area agencies serving adults, the campus generally stays open in the midst of stormy weather, even when children’s schools close. The Manitowoc Campus will cancel classes for the entire campus only if weather and road conditions are deemed bad enough to make driving unsafe in many of the communities we serve, or if the campus itself is inaccessible. In those cases, we will use the following methods to announce class cancellations:

Class Cancellation Notification Process

  • The campus CEO will send an eAlert by text messaging cell phone numbers entered into PRISM.  If you have not yet entered your cell number in PRISM, do so at GB Alert to receive this or any campus alert via text message. 
  • The CEO will also send an email to all campus personnel and students as well as the UWC Weather Cancellations list (which includes DE personnel). 
  • The cancellation will be posted on the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Facebook page and website
  • Radio and television stations will be notified to post the cancellation (see lists below).  Keep in mind, however, that sometimes there is a lag between notification to them and their opportunity to get those messages posted.

Media Notification List

All begin broadcasting cancellations around 5:30/6:00 am for a full day cancellation.

WAPL-FM (105.7) (Appleton)
WCUB-AM 980 (Manitowoc)
WIXX-FM 101.1 (Green Bay)
WBAY-TV (channel 2)
WFRV-TV (channel 5)
WLUK-TV (channel 11)
  • If severe weather develops after classes have started for the day, requiring class cancellation to take place while students are already on campus, we will also post signs on the main entrances to each of the three campus buildings, alerting of the class cancellation. 
  • If emergency weather develops suddenly, we will also utilize the campus intercom system to alert everyone. 
  • Distance Ed Courses & Cancellation: Be aware that DE classes are recorded only when all campus classes are cancelled.

Important Information for All Employees

Please note that even when classes are cancelled, that does not mean the campus is closed for employees.  This is important to note because many radio and television stations inaccurately report cancellations as “closures.”  The campus can close to the public, but campus closure to employees requires Chancellor approval because it has complicated employment consequences. Of course, like our students, faculty and staff need to exercise sound judgment about the safety of your own driving route. Just be aware that any faculty/staff member who is unable to make it to campus for scheduled work should expect to use vacation or personal holidays. University/Academic Staff also need their supervisor’s approval. In the rare case of a snow day for everyone (campus closure), UWS policy requires that we all arrange to make up the work or take vacation leave.

If classes are not cancelled, but a storm nonetheless prevents you from getting to campus to teach a course, you should notify MAN-Class Cancel immediately so that a cancellation notice can be placed on your classroom door.

Making up work missed due to Cancellation

Faculty members are responsible for adjusting their course schedules to facilitate the making-up of course work missed due to campus class cancellation and for communicating those changes to their students. Further, they are encouraged to make allowances for those students whose personal driving route to campus is too hazardous for their safe travel due to weather. While faculty members have the authority to decide how missed classes should be handled, they are encouraged to assure students that individual absences for such safety reasons will be excused and make-up work will be permitted.