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Severe Weather

Oswego is prone to experience heavy snowfall. The college has established procedures, as indicated below, to manage the difficulties that winter storms may cause.

Class Cancellations

To find out if classes are canceled because of inclement weather, members of the campus community have several options:

  • Check SUNY Oswego's homepage
  • Sign up to receive alerts 
  • Listen to radio and television: 
    • TV Channels 3, 5, 9 and 10 in Syracuse, 
    • the WRVO Stations (FM 89.9 to 91.9 throughout Central Upstate New York); 
    • WHAM 1180 AM in Rochester.

Classes will proceed as scheduled unless official announcements of cancellation are made.

When classes are canceled, faculty and commuting students are advised not to come to campus.

Procedures to cancel class

When weather interferes with mobility on campus, the President or the President's designee will be faced with a decision to cancel classes at SUNY Oswego and the Syracuse Campus.

The President or the President's designee will consult with the Associate Vice President for Facilities and University Police Chief before making a decision. If possible, the decision to cancel daytime classes should be communicated to the Public Affairs Director by 5:30 am to ensure radio announcement before 8 a.m. classes. If possible, the decision to cancel evening classes should be made by 2 pm to insure radio announcement before 4:30 pm classes. Evening classes are those beginning at 4:30 pm and after.

The college community is informed how to find out when classes are canceled through:

  • Campus Update and Student Notes
  • Student Handbook
  • Faculty Handbook
  • College catalog
  • Online, via this website

Faculty and students in off-campus classes are informed how to find out when off-campus classes are canceled in a bulletin prepared each fall semester by Public Affairs. The Public Affairs Director gives the bulletin to the Deans, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Extended Learning for distribution to faculty teaching off-campus classes, who in turn distribute it to their students.

Snow Plowing

The college has established priorities for snow removal with the Grounds Department. First priority includes all campus roadways, commuter and employee parking lots, residential lot driving lanes, and sidewalks.

Resident parking lot plowing notification

Once the above areas are cleared, the grounds crew will move to clear the resident parking lots. The grounds supervisor, a University Police supervisor, and a Residence Life and Housing Office representative will determine the lots to be plowed on that day. By noon, a “Notice of Intent to Plow Certain Lots” will be posted in all residence halls. A sign will also be posted at the entrances to all lots that are to be plowed. In the larger lots, plowing will generally occur between 8 and 11 pm, depending on the workload and current conditions.

Cars not removed by the designated time will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

If a snowstorm should occur between the time the notice is posted and the actual snow removal time, the grounds crew may suspend their scheduled resident lot plowing and plow higher priority areas.

Resident motorist assistance

Approximately an hour and a half before the time established for plowing, a University Police car and a tow truck will be available at the designated parking lots to assist students in removing their cars. The truck will help with jumper cables for cars that cannot be started. University Police will assist in directing traffic during this operation.