actual or expected weather conditions may cause poor weather conditions, but will not pose a threat serious enough to warrant a weather warning.

Weather WATCH

alert that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Watch the skies and listen for updated watches and possible weather warnings.


means that severe weather is occurring or is highly probable. Tune in to the radio for instructions and additional weather information.

Weather Delays and Cancellations

Making the decision to delay classes, dismiss classes early or cancel school altogether is a difficult decision that involves behind-the-scenes work of the Campus Emergency Response Team. The ERT will determine if the roads are safe enough to travel for those who commute to school and work and then make an ultimate decision.

VCSU Weather Decision and Notification Procedure

VCSU will contact news media in the area as soon as the school closing or delay decision is made. An email or NotiFind message will then be sent out to students and employees informing them of the delay/closure. To receive this type of notification, as well as other emergency notifications, make sure you enroll in the NotiFind program (see page 9 for instructions).

Weather/Road Conditions

The VCSU Safety webpage offers a variety of weather information and announcements (

Tornado Safety

In the event of a Tornado Warning, the city will sound a siren alerting all residents. If you hear the siren, please move to the lowest level of the building you are in (each academic building has a basement- if you are in the dorms, move to a first floor hallway, away from all doors and windows). Stay in this area until the "all clear" has been given by the city or campus officials.

Office Information

VCSU Safety Office:

Safety Coordinator | Risk Management Contact
Jessica Frerich

Other Contacts:

Vice President for Student Affairs

Campus Nurse
Pat Egeberg

Power House
(after hours safety)