If inclement weather forecasts have you asking “Is MTSU closed today?” or whether classes and events will be delayed or canceled, there are a number of ways the university will help you keep track of the latest updates!
Remember: All current MTSU students, faculty and staff automatically receive email alerts from the university about weather-related emergencies, delays and cancellations.
When inclement weather directly affects the university, MTSU will always inform the campus and surrounding community via:
• direct alerts to students, faculty and staff via MTSU’s Critical Notification System from Rave Mobile Safety.
• the local radio and television stations listed below.
• the “Alert Updates” web page at www.mtsu.edu/alertupdates.
• a note on the MTSU home page at www.mtsu.edu.
• the university’s primary Twitter account, @mtsunews.
MTSU students, faculty and staff who also want to receive text and/or voice alert messages can click here and log in with an MTSU username and password to add their preferences. (Campus Alert FAQs, including adding or changing contact information, are available here.)
If MTSU cancels or delays classes because of inclement weather, the announcement applies to all classes, credit and noncredit. University offices will be open unless the weather announcement specifically says they’ll be closed.
The university will announce closings or delays caused by overnight weather changes as early as possible.
Weather and class attendance
Student class attendance during inclement weather is mentioned in MTSU’s current “Blue Raider Planner and Handbook.” It explains on page 26 that “students shall not be penalized for absences … in situations where the university’s policy on inclement weather is applicable.”
There’s more information on pages 53-54 of the handbook, but in short, if hazardous weather prevents a student from attending class, they should advise their professors ASAP and arrange to make up any missed assignments.
The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center, MTSU’s early intervention community preschool, follows the university’s weather policy on closures, delays and the like.
Tornado-siren tests monthly
MTSU tests its tornado sirens monthly to ensure they operate properly during tornado warnings and other emergency alerts. A schedule of the monthly tests is available at mtsunews.com/tornado-siren-testing, and that page also includes a link to tornado shelter locations on campus.
The MTSU Alert4U emergency weather information page at https://mtsu.edu/alert4u/tornado.php also includes tips on preparing for tornadoes and a “Frequently Asked Questions” link to MTSU-specific information for tornado warnings.
By the way, ever wondered how MTSU manages to make a 530-plus-acre campus safer to navigate during winter ice and snow? Check out how our Facilities Services Department clears those sidewalks and parking lots in this archived post: MTSU “Clean and Green” snow removal plan.