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Cancellation of Classes

Prior to setting forth this policy, it is imperative that everyone is familiar with and fully understands the following:

  • SUNY Canton has a Disaster Preparedness Plan set forth in the College Policies and Procedures Manual. Nothing in the guidelines to be set forth shall supersede this plan.
  • Closing SUNY Canton Campus – The closing of SUNY Canton can only be accomplished by a directive from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. I bring this to your attention so that we are careful when responding to inquiries. Cancellation of classes is not the same as closing the College.
  • Cancellation of Classes can be accomplished by the Campus President. The President can implement the cancellation of a class or classes only when failure to do so would jeopardize the safety of students and staff.

Implementation of Procedure

University Police personnel will monitor weather conditions (i.e. snow, ice, rain, etc.) and other major disruptions (power outages, epidemics, major fires, etc.). Special attention will be paid between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. If circumstances exist which, taken in totality, would justify the need to make students and faculty aware of the impending danger and/or cancellation of classes, the officer or officers will:

  1. At 5:15 a.m. contact New York State Police or Sheriff’s department for weather conditions throughout St. Lawrence County or update on major disruptions. (NOTE: Travel advisory, road conditions, road closures, cancellations, or other pertinent information.)
  2. Contact the Chief of University Police by 5:30 a.m. or his designee.
  3. Contact the Director of Facilities or their designee by 5:45 a.m.

Upon receiving the information from the University Police Office, the Chief of University Police and the Director of Facilities will consult and will then advise the President (by 6:00 a.m.). The President will make the final determination and when necessary will advise the Director of Public Relations to release the information via the proper channels.