University Weather Alerts & Procedures

Below are three broad categories of inclement weather related actions for the campus. For all three, the President will make the decision on the appropriate action to take, if any. When inclement weather is present in the region, all faculty are expected to work with students in regards to class attendance and assignments. Supervisors are also expected to work with staff within existing policies and procedures.

University Weather Advisory: Rather than deciding to close the university or to cancel classes, the President may authorize the issuance of University Weather Advisory. This will be a safety advisory only and will not entail the cancellation of classes or closure of the campus.

University Weather Classes Delayed or Cancelled: The President may authorize the delayed starting time or the cancellation of classes. This scenario does not include the closure of the campus. The campus will remain open and all personnel are expected to report to work.

University Campus Closure: The President may authorize the closure of campus. A closure time will be declared. All events will be cancelled and facilities, with the exception of residence halls and the Winslow Cafeteria, will be closed.

Weather notifications will be communicated via

Once the above five notifications have been sent, the MSU Police Department will issue a text message to all users. 

Please view the Murray State University Weather Notifications/Payroll Procedure on the right under Files (PDF) for the detailed information and procedures regarding these possible actions. (PDF updated 01-13-2020)

Mobile Alerts/Racer Alerts

If the university campus is closed or classes are cancelled or delayed, mobile alerts will be sent to notify campus personnel. Visit to sign-up. Anyone may sign up and opt-in for mobile alerts. 


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