WKU Alert

Welcome to the WKU Alert page. In the event of weather closings/cancellations for WKU’s Bowling Green and regional campuses or other emergencies, information will be posted here, on the WKU homepage, WKU News pageWKU Facebook and WKU News Twitter.

Winter weather alert for March 5-7, 2015

  • WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday (March 6). Classes Friday (March 6) remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday (March 6). Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walksMore: WKU Policy on Work Attendance During Adverse Weather Conditions
  • Saturday classes (March 7) in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled.
  • Thursday and Friday classes (March 5-6) at all WKU campuses are canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices are closed Thursday (March 5), with essential personnel reporting.
  • WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 5-7). WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox will reopen Monday (March 9).
  • WKU Owensboro will be closed Friday and Saturday (March 6-7).
  • WKU Glasgow will be closed Friday (March 6).
  • WKU Housing update: Due to the inclement weather, the residence halls will remain open until noon Saturday (March 7). For students who cannot safely leave campus for Spring Break on Saturday, they can make overnight arrangements to stay at Barnes-Campbell Hall (270-936-4850) or Bemis Lawrence Hall (270-936-4750) for Saturday night.  For students waiting for a ride after noon Saturday, the Barnes and Bemis lobbies will be open.
  • WKU Dining schedule for Thursday-Friday (March 5-6): Fresh Food 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Subway Bates and POD open Thursday (March 5) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All other locations closed. (More on WKU Dining hours.)
  • Lady Topper basketball: WKU’s game vs. Charlotte on Thursday night (March 5) will be played as scheduled. Crews will have sidewalks and driveways around the arena accessible for fans and free parking will be available in PS1 and PS2.
  • WKU Baseball: WKU’s home series versus Ohio State at Nick Denes Field has been pushed back to Sunday and Monday. The Hilltoppers (6-5) and Buckeyes (5-4) will play in a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. (CT) and wrap up their series Monday morning at a time to be determined.
  • Mass Media and Technology Hall computer lab is closed Thursday (March 5).
  • Preston Center hours: Open until 11 p.m. Thursday (March 5). While the Preston Center will be open, the IMREC Sports Office and the Health & Fitness Lab will be closed.  All scheduled programs and services for Thursday have been canceled.
  • Hardin Planetarium: Starry Tales for a Winter Night will be presented as scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 5).
  • US Bank Celebration of the Arts: The Kentucky Museum has announced that due to the most recent round of winter weather they are cancelling the opening events for the US Bank Celebration of the Arts show Friday (March 6). Both the Vernissage Preview Party and Public Opening are canceled. The exhibit will open to the general public as scheduled during regular museum hours beginning on Saturday (March 7).  Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Other event cancellations: WKU Concert Band & Wind Ensemble concert on March 5; Middle School Honors Band Clinic on March 6; 15th annual Kentucky Bluegrass LEGO Robotics Competition on March 7.

Severe weather alerts

More: WKU Emergency Preparedness page; WKU Police Department’s emergency and weather information page; Faculty and Staff Emergency Procedures Handbook.

Winter weather communications plan

In addition to this page, here are the other ways you can access official WKU information about weather closings/cancellations:

1. A link to the latest information will be posted on the WKU homepage.

2. Text messages will be sent to students, faculty and staff who have signed up for WKU’s emergency text alert system. To sign up or verify you are enrolled with the proper cell phone number, log into your WKU TopNet account.

3. Emails will be sent to students, faculty and staff.

4. Information will be posted on the WKU News Facebook page and Twitter feed

5. The WKU information line at 270-936-0000 will have a recorded message.

6. Information also will be sent to local/area media, but the most reliable sources are those listed above.

Students, faculty and staff should keep safety in mind when making travel decisions and the university will work with students who can’t come to campus for weather related reasons.

For more information about emergency communications at WKU, visit http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/emergency.php.

To check on changes in campus transportation services

You can also monitor NextBus for changes in campus transportation services. To access NextBus:

  • Call 270-392-3193 and enter the stop code.  (The stop codes are listed on the signs at each bus stop.)
  • Visit http://www.wku.edu/nextbus
  • Download the NextBus or iWKU app on your smart phone.

More: WKU Emergency Preparedness page; WKU Police Department’s emergency and weather information page; Faculty and Staff Emergency Procedures Handbook.


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