By Mac Williams
The Spring semester is here and with it comes the snow, wind, and cold from old man Winter. As winter storms approach students dream of the possibility of classes being cancelled and having the day to whatever they want.
Matthew Wilkins, a junior at the University of Findlay, thinks the prospect of cancelling classes is intriguing.
“I think it would be nice to have for sure,” said Wilkins.
However, Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Emsweller says not to get your hopes up.
“While our most recent cancelation for weather occurred on February 2, 2015, it is actually very rare for the University to cancel classes due to weather conditions. In fact, it has only happened a handful of times since I have been here at the University of Findlay,” said Emsweller.
According to Emsweller, when weather situations arise he notifies the President of the university, Dr. Fell, and notifies Dr. Fields, vice president for academic affairs. According to Emsweller the three of them discuss the situation and determine whether or not cancelling classes is appropriate or not.
“The requirements for the University of Findlay to cancel classes really depends upon what the Hancock County Sheriff decides to do with respect to snow emergency levels,” said Emsweller. “If the county issues a level three snow emergency then all classes will be canceled for the day, however if it is only a level one or two snow emergency, then classes will most likely not be canceled.”
According to Emsweller, students will be notified through email if classes are canceled due to the weather. Emsweller also explained that it is very important for students to monitor their email during a winter weather event.
“Checking your email is critical during the winter weather season because it is how we will disseminate information out to students regarding the status of classes that day,” said Emsweller.
According to Emsweller, for those students who commute to class each day, if there is a level two snow emergency students should notify their instructors if they cannot attend class that day.
“We want our students to exercise caution and good judgment when it comes to commuting to classes during bad weather,” said Emsweller. “The last thing anyone wants to happen is for someone to have an accident commuting to class.”
While Wilkins, like many students, would like a day off, he’s realistic.
“I’m not really going to get my hopes up. Especially since we really haven’t had that much snow this year,” said Wilkins.