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In an emergency, call 911 (from JWU phones, dial 9 + 911).

Then call Safety & Security. Phone lines are available 24/7, 365 days a year, unless otherwise noted.



Where to Find Alerts

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Emergencies

Find alerts about emergencies here:

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Crime & Potential Threats

Find alerts about crime here:

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School Cancellation/Delays

Find alerts about inclement weather, school cancellations, delays and other interruptions in normal campus activities here:

  •  Alert Info Line: 401-598-5555

  •  Campus Website

  • jwuLink: View "Emergency Alerts"

  • TV: RI Broadcasting Association Outlets, including channels 6, 10, 12, 64

  • Radio: RI Broadcasting Association Outlets, including channels AM 630, AM 920, FM 92, FM 101, FM 105

 

Resources

You can also refer to these government sites, which include preparation guidelines, in the event of an emergency:

Non-Emergencies

  • Alert Information Line: 401-598-5555
  • Maintenance/Facilities: 401-598-1234
  • Media Inquiries: 401-598-1848

Rhode Island

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Inclement Weather Procedures

The decision to cancel or delay classes is totally separate from the decision regarding work schedules for staff, practicum properties employees and students on practicum internship. Do not assume that if classes are cancelled that administrative offices and/or practicum properties are closed. Separate announcements are issued for class cancellations and work cancellations. Practicum staff and interns should consult directly with their supervisor regarding operational and work status.

The safety of our campus community is one of our top priorities. A team of senior management that includes the provost, chief security officer, senior vice president of administration, and vice president of human resources considers the best interests of our community when there is a threat of, or actual, inclement weather. The final decision about whether or not to delay or cancel classes and work requires information about the weather, decisions made by state and local authorities related to highway access, local street clearing, parking lot openings and other safety and access issues.

Academic Classes and Functions: Principles and Communications

Academic classes and functions will be cancelled or delayed only in unusual and rare circumstances. Given that many students live on or near the campus and the fact that changes to the academic schedule are substantively disruptive to faculty and students, all efforts will be made to avoid cancellation or delay of classes.T he responsibility to cease or alter operations of the JWU Shuttle resides with the Director of Transportation in consultation with the senior management team. Users of the service should monitor communications (generally made via email to the JWU community and on jwuLink and the JWUApp) regarding service status carefully and plan travel accordingly during periods of snow, ice, freezing rain or other inclement weather conditions.When we close or delay opening offices and school, every effort will be made to announce such a decision by 6:30 a.m. that day. However, this decision requires information about the weather, decisions made by state and local authorities related to highway access, local street clearing, parking lot openings, and other safety and access issues. The precise announcement time is dependent on when this information becomes available to us. The university notifies the campus of class/office cancellations, delays, or early releases using one or more of the following official university resources:

In addition, local TV and radio stations and their companion websites frequently carry updates on weather-related closings.

Administrative Offices and Functions: Principles and Communications

In making a determination to close or delay the opening of administrative offices, the senior management team shall be guided by the following principles:

  • No member of the staff or faculty is expected to endanger himself or herself traveling to or from work. If the University is operating normally and an employee determines that travel to campus is too hazardous, he or she may with the approval of his or her supervisor, elect to stay home and use a vacation day, if he/she has vacation time available, or may make other arrangements approved by the supervisor consistent with University attendance policies.
  • In the event of a work cancellation for non-essential employees, it is every employee's responsibility to check with his or her supervisor about whether he/she is considered "essential" in each instance of a work cancellation. There are some employees who are always considered to be essential personnel (e.g., Campus Safety & Security and the practicum educational facilities staff), and there are others who may be essential depending on the timing of the inclement weather as it relates to work activity. When classes are cancelled, our campus libraries, fitness centers, and dining facilities will be staffed to accommodate our students.
  • The condition and readiness of the campus to accommodate faculty and staff, including accessibility of parking lots, city streets, and pedestrian paths, shall be an important consideration. A parking ban in the City of Providence will not necessarily affect operations of the University, although it will be taken into account, along with any directives or guidance from City and State authorities.
  • When we close or delay opening of administrative offices and operations, every effort will be made to announce such a decision by 6:30 a.m. that day. The university notifies the campus of class/office cancellations, delays, or early release using one or more of the following official university resources:In addition, local TV and radio stations and their companion websites frequently carry updates on weather-related closings.
  • When circumstances warrant, such as an early release of administrative staff due to developing inclement weather conditions during normal business hours, supplemental communications may be made via email. However, all weather-related delays or closings will be communicated via the alert information phone line, website, and Rhode Island broadcasters and those are the primary sources community members should consult to seek this information.
  • When we close or delay opening offices and school, every effort will be made for a timely announcement with full consideration of commuting times and class schedules. However, this decision requires information about the weather, decisions made by state and local authorities related to highway access, local street clearing, parking lot openings, and other safety and access issues. The precise announcement time is dependent on these variables.
  • When there are wintery conditions during your travel, please allow more time for your commute, reduce your speed, and increase the distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you.