Weather prompts early dismissal of classes, activities

March 03, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Mixed snow and freezing rain has caused Penn State to cancel scheduled activities at University Park, including classes and exams, for the remainder of the day today (March 3), beginning with the dismissal of students at 4 p.m. Faculty and non-essential staff will be released 30 minutes after the release of students, at 4:30. Normal activities will resume at 6 a.m. tomorrow (March 4), depending on weather conditions.

Another alert will be sent in the event of a delay tomorrow.

Only employees previously identified as performing essential services should stay beyond their official release time, unless advised otherwise by their supervisor.

Road conditions are changing constantly with the continued snowfall, and employees and students are urged to use caution when traveling. Staggering departure times for students and employees will help to ensure that facilities remain open until students are able to return to their residence halls or off-campus residences. It also may help spread out traffic to prevent roadway congestion.

All employees and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety. Faculty, staff and students should use their own best judgment when considering the need to leave earlier than scheduled departure times during times of inclement weather. Faculty and staff also should review Handling Weather Day Absences (Human Resources Guideline 10) at for specific information on how time missed for weather situations is handled.

The Chieftains concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium will be held as planned.

Answers to frequently asked questions about University Park weather events are available at

Last Updated March 03, 2015