Adverse Weather Information
Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests: Your Safety is Our Priority
While the Oklahoma climate is mild, severe storms can occur in the spring and summer. Oklahoma City University may cancel classes due to impending weather or alert those on campus to take the necessary shelter.
When the university is closed for weather-related purposes, scheduled events and other activities are assumed to be canceled or postponed. On occasion, classes have to be canceled or starting times delayed. Students who feel they cannot safely travel to school should contact their professor at a later time for work missed. Faculty and staff who feel they cannot safely travel to school should contact their supervisor. Please exercise caution and use your best judgement in making your decision to travel to school.
OCU officials continually monitor the weather and will announce any closings or cancellations as they arise. Campus closings, delayed openings, and weather alerts will be announced through the university’s Blue Alert text/email message emergency notification system. They will also be posted on this webpage, on the OKCU homepage, on local radio and television stations, and through the official OCU Facebook and Twitter accounts. No announcement will be made if classes are to be conducted as scheduled.
How is the decision made to close the main and law school campuses?
The decision to close the campuses and cancel classes and events is made with input from many sources. Safety is always our utmost concern, but we also want to make sure students have every opportunity to attend the classes they have purchased with their tuition. Before making the decision to close, the OCU Risk Manager talks with other universities, we monitor local conditions, we receive updates from the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, and we interact with OCU Facilities and the OCU Police Department. Because the OKC metro is so widespread and the weather is often local, we try to get as much information as possible to evaluate the many areas in which OCU commuters live.
Storm Shelters on Campus
In case of severe weather, please take shelter in whichever of these locations is closest to you.
- The basement of the Clara A. Jones Administration Building
- The first floor hallway on the northeast side of the Dawson Loeffler Center
- The north lower level hallway (practice room area) of the Wanda L. Bass Music Center
- The basement of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel
- The basement of the Dulaney Browne Library
- The east and west hallway locker rooms of Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center
- The basement of the Ann Lacy School of Dance and Arts Management
- The basement of the Gold Star Building
- The basement hallways adjacent to Room No. 14 in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center
- The lower level or Student Leadership Center in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center
- First floor and rooms 104 and 108 in Sarkeys Science and Math Center
- The basement of Walker Hall
- The basement of Banning Hall
- The basement of Smith Hall
- The basement of Draper Hall
- The basement of Harris Hall
- Downtown School of Law Campus First Floor, East Wall
Oklahoma City Snow Routes
The City of Oklahoma City maintains an online map of snow routes.