Severe Weather Policies

During the Wisconsin tornado season (generally March until October) and throughout the winter months, abrupt changes in the atmosphere sometimes result in severe weather, such as heavy thunderstorms, tornadoes and snow storms. In the event of severe weather, Marquette University continually monitors weather conditions as broadcast by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ensure the safety of our campus community.

In the rare occurrence when classes are cancelled and the campus is closed due to extreme weather, in most cases, the following limited campus services will remain open with essential personnel, although they may have limited hours and services:

  • Marquette University Police Department
  • Facilities Planning and Management 
  • Rec Plex/Rec Center
  • Marquette University Medical Clinic
  • Information Technology Services 
  • Alumni Memorial Union
  • University Dining Services
  • Raynor Memorial Libraries

Timing of a Decision and How We Communicate

Marquette University’s severe weather policy requires a decision to be made by 5:30 a.m. regarding whether or not to cancel classes and close campus that day for weather-related reasons.

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu and the university’s social media channels will also post information.

To receive text message alerts, students should enter their cell phone number in the “Personal Information” section of CheckMarq and keep it updated. Instructions are online.

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled for text messages. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob.

Decision Process and Factors

The provost, in consultation with MUPD and the vice president for student affairs, makes the ultimate decision regarding whether to cancel classes and close campus.

The on-duty MUPD Shift Commander will monitor weather and ground conditions in the Marquette University area. The timing of the decision to close the university is influenced by the severity, intensity, and movement of a storm center. In snow-related closings, the amount of snow is not the only factor. The timing of the snow, the anticipated road conditions based on the information secured, and the safety of the commute for faculty, staff and commuter students are also considerations.

Severe Weather Precautions

In the event of a major snowstorm or extremely cold temperatures, the university community is encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Wear wind‐resistant clothing if possible and protect yourself by covering your ears, face and hands.
  • Leave extra time to arrive for classes and/or meetings.
  • Wear proper footwear and layered clothing, which can prevent frostbite.
  • At the first signs of any redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold.
  • Watch your steps. Walking on ice can be very dangerous, and ice can often blend into the pavement.
  • Contact the Medical Clinic at (414) 288-7184 if you have precaution-related questions.