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Emergency Closing Information

Emergency Closing Information


NOTIFICATION

Should the closure of any COTC campus be necessary due to weather or other emergencies, text announcements will be sent via the Campus Emergency Alert System. An announcement will also be placed on the COTC homepage, cotc.edu, on local TV and radio stations, and on the college emergency closing phone line: 740-755-7193.

Register or update your information at the Campus Emergency Alert System page on myCOTC.

Students

Faculty and staff

 

CAMPUS CLOSURE 

COTC strives to remain open to ensure continuity of services to its students and to the public. When campus is open, all students, faculty and staff are expected to make a reasonable effort to attend.

However, campus closure may be necessary as a result of severe weather or other emergencies. When COTC announces an emergency closure, all credit and non-credit classes and activities scheduled by the college will be cancelled.

If a Level 3 Weather Emergency is declared in Licking, Knox or Coshocton counties, COTC will close its campus in that location and classes will be cancelled.

If a Level 1 or 2 Weather Emergency is declared COTC will make every effort to remain open.

 

CAMPUS CLOSURE – DELAYED OPENING

In some instances, COTC will delay the opening of a campus until a specified time.

If a campus opening is delayed, students are expected to report to their respective classes where they would normally be at the time campus reopens.

Staff will report at the specified opening time. If campus opening is delayed, conditions will be reassessed prior to reopening to determine if the campus can be reopened safely, the delay will be extended or campus will be closed.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSES

Individual class cancellations are posted online under the Class Cancellations tab at https://my.cotc.edu.

CONDITIONS FOR CLOSING

The safety of students, faculty and staff is the college's top priority. If COTC has not issued an official closing or delay, students are expected to exercise their judgement in determining whether to attend classes. Students are accountable for any material and assignments missed during an absence without an official closure or delay. When COTC is open, vacation time will be used by employees who choose to stay at home or are unable to travel to their campus work location.

The decision to close campus or cancel classes in the event of severe weather is made using guidelines that are, by design, very flexible. There is no absolute temperature, snowfall amount or other specific hazard that triggers a closure. Many groups provide information and recommendations through the Office of Public Safety to campus leadership. Campus officials also monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service. Some factors taken into consideration in the decision to cancel classes/and or close campus are:

  1. existence of Level 3 Weather Emergencies
  2. road conditions within the central Ohio region (specifically: city of Newark and Licking, Knox and Coshocton counties)
  3. current weather conditions and the forecast for the next 1-12 hours in Newark, Coshocton, Mount Vernon and Pataskala
  4. status of the buildings, parking lots, roadways and sidewalks on campus
  5. presence of extreme ice and/or snow
  6. excessive wind
  7. severe cold