Policies and procedures for students

Adverse weather

On occasion during the academic year, adverse weather conditions call for the delayed opening, early closing or cancellation of classes, programs, activities or services. In such cases, the College employs several methods to ensure the campus community is notified:

  • Mount Holyoke College weather line: 413-538-2330 
  • Mount Holyoke College website: mtholyoke.edu
  • my.mtholyoke for students, faculty and staff
  • Community email announcements
  • Mount Holyoke College’s official Facebook and Twitter channels
  • TV: Channel 22 (WWLP), NBC TV affiliate; and Channel 40 (WGGB-TV), ABC affiliate 

Our goal is to have a decision about any campus inclement weather delays made and posted immediately, or by 6:30 a.m. when the decision is made overnight.

Many factors go into the decision regarding opening and closing with primary consideration resting with the safety of students and employees. 

Campus entrances, walkways and parking lots are cleared to provide broad access for the community. Priority is given to walkways, ramps, parking lots and building entrances that provide access to individuals with disabilities. Anyone encountering a barrier due to adverse weather, such as fallen tree limbs, snow or ice should contact Facilities Management at 413-538-2012 to report the location and condition of the barrier. Facilities Management is available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. After hours, call Public Safety & Service at 413-538-2304. 

Individuals with specific routes, pathways or entrances of concern should speak with the Section 504 Coordinator, contactable at 413-538-3642 or via email at section504coordinator@mtholyoke.edu.

The College has adopted a “weather team” to monitor weather forecasts with the potential of significant impact to campus. The constitution of the team is broad, including the president of the College, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Human Resources and the Section 504 Coordinator.

See Adverse Weather Policy for additional information.