Severe Weather

Notification Plan for Winona Campus

WSU students, faculty and staff are urged to make cautious decisions regarding travel during severe weather. If you feel the weather is too threatening, contact your professors and/or supervisors and explain your situation.

Winter weather conditions may cause individual class and/or event cancellations even though the campus remains open. It is up to faculty and event organizers whether to cancel their classes or events due to weather.

In the case of severe winter weather conditions, WSU administration may choose to:

  • cancel all classes cancel
  • non-academic activities
  • delay opening
  • close the University

The WSU homepage is the official source for information on closings and cancellations.

If there are any weather-related cancellations, an initial campus-wide notice will be sent with a list of cancelled classes and/or events posted in an orange "Severe Weather Alert" banner on the WSU homepage.

Students will also receive an individual message to their WSU email account when a specific class for which they are registered has been cancelled.

Bad weather may force event organizers to cancel an event or activity scheduled during evening hours or over the weekend.

If possible, the event sponsor should contact the University Communications Office at 507.457.5024 ahead of time if inclement weather is predicted.

When the final decision is made to cancel the event or activity, the sponsor should call WSU Security at 507.457.5555 to provide event details such as time, location and any rescheduling/ticketing information.

The University Communications Office will post notice of such cancellations in an orange “Severe Weather Alert” section on the WSU homepage.

Because WSU is primarily a residential student campus, closings are rare. The campus may close when weather conditions are extreme and pose a serious danger for travel within the City of Winona.

Campus-wide Announcements

The information will be announced publicly on the WSU homepage, via WSU email, various media resources and Star Alert, WSU's emergency alert system. In the case of imminent adverse weather conditions—such as a tornado or flood advisory—additional communication methods may be used to notify campus.

When the campus is officially closed, all classes, events and extracurricular activities are cancelled. The decision to close Winona State University-Rochester is made independent of the Winona campus and in consultation with Rochester Community and Technical College.

Please note that WSU only announces closings or cancellations. If you hear nothing about WSU being closed, assume the campus is open and classes are being held as scheduled.

The decision to close the Winona campus is normally made by 6am. The decision to cancel evening classes is normally made by 3pm.

WSU faculty members cancel their classes online via a program available across desktops and mobile devices.

The cancellation will prompt an automatic confirmation email to the faculty member as well as to the students enrolled in the cancelled class. The notice will also be added to the list of cancelled classes linked from the orange "Severe Weather Alert" banner on the WSU homepage.

Faculty members without internet access may contact their office manager and provide name, verification and course information.