It is the practice of Lake Michigan College (LMC) to maintain normal College operations on all regularly scheduled days, except in those cases when severe weather conditions prevent this.
If the College is open, students will make their own determination concerning attendance on unfavorable travel days, based on personal judgments and the conditions of each unique situation. In instances where travel is perilous, students must communicate their absence to the instructor. Faculty are encouraged to be flexible in their classroom policies regarding make-up work for students who are unable to get to classes due to severe weather conditions.
1. Given unfavorable weather conditions, the College may take one of the following actions:
a. remain open;
b. delay the opening of College and require only personnel providing essential services to report to work prior to opening;
c. close the College and require only personnel providing essential services to report to work.
2. In making the decision of whether or not to close, the College considers a number of factors including assessment of current travel and weather conditions throughout the College’s entire district. Conditions can vary greatly from one location to another, so the College strives to make the best decision for the majority of its students. Other factors considered in the decision include:
a. overall road conditions – particularly main routes throughout the entire district, rather than localized conditions;
b. visibility – consistently poor or intermittent due to wind gusts;
c. short-term forecasts/radar – as an indicator of more immediate storm intensity and duration;
d. whether parking lots can be kept plowed for access;
e. whether law enforcement officials are requesting that travel be limited;
f. whether area businesses are closing.
There may be days when many or most K-12 school systems are closed, but LMC is open. K-12 systems have additional factors to take into consideration that the College does not, including their ability to maneuver buses on rural, snow-narrowed streets, as well as having young children stand at bus stops or walk to school.
3. When weather conditions appear hazardous, the following actions will be taken:
a. For daytime schedules, the College will make every effort to communicate a decision to delay the opening of the College or close entirely before 6 a.m.
b. For evening schedules, the College will make every effort to communicate a decision to close the College by 3:00 p.m.
c. There is a possibility that LMC would cancel all day classes and hold evening classes. Additionally, there is a possibility that LMC would close individual campuses (Napier Avenue, South Haven, Bertrand Crossing, and M-TEC).
d. Closing decisions for LMC classes held at off-site, non-campus locations will be the same as the class location facility decision.
e. Up-to-date information regarding class cancellations and College closures will be communicated for students on the College’s website and at (269) 927-8100.
f. College delays or closures will be reported to area radio and television stations. In addition, an “everyone” message will be sent through AlertNow to College e-mail addresses and home phone numbers of LMC faculty, staff, and students unless they have opted out of the service. Employees and students wanting alerts through cell phone numbers and/or home e-mail addresses must enter information through their WaveLink accounts.
h. If the College is open, instructor absences will be reported as they occur via LMC’s website.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Severe weather: The condition in this region which typically means excessive snow and/or ice which makes driving hazardous. It could also refer to other hazardous conditions, such as tornado or severe thunderstorm forecasts.
The College has delayed opening: Only personnel providing essential services before the specified opening time will be asked to report to campus or may be called in. Staff should report to work one-half hour before the designated opening time. Students should report to class at the designated opening time. If a student’s class begins before the designated opening time that class would be canceled unless one-hour of instruction remains after the designated opening time.
The College is closed: Only personnel providing essential services that day will be asked to report to campus or may be called in.
The College is open: Decisions to attend school are the responsibility of each individual student and faculty and staff member. Students are advised to inform their instructors of a decision to miss class by telephoning their instructor.