Inclement Weather Policy

Elizabethtown College has developed a flexible policy to govern its actions during snow and inclement weather. At times, exceptions may have to be made to the policy, depending on the circumstances.


After a snowstorm or during inclement weather, faculty and staff are expected to report for work, even if they have to be late. If, for safety or personal reasons, an employee cannot reach the campus, the employee is expected to call his or her supervisor.

Regardless of the weather, Dining Services, Campus Security and other essential campus services will remain open. Student workers in these areas are expected to report during inclement weather, even if they have to be late. If for safety or personal reasons they cannot reach campus, they are expected to call their supervisor.

Delays, Cancellations and Early Dismissals

Elizabethtown College classes normally will meet as scheduled. On an individual basis, classes may be canceled or postponed if a faculty member is unable to get safely to the Elizabethtown College campus. Faculty members are requested to notify their departments, the Provost's Office, their students and Campus Security of any cancellations or postponements.

Unless otherwise indicated, Elizabethtown College administrative and department offices will remain open. Residence facilities and Dining Services will remain open during weather emergencies.

Extreme weather rarely forces across-the-board delays or cancellations at Elizabethtown College. In these unusual circumstances, one of three types of schedule changes is possible:

Delay: The normal schedule of classes and work is delayed for a specified period of time. Classes scheduled during the delay will not meet, but all other classes will.

Closed: No classes, events or home athletic events are held, and all administrative and department offices are closed.

The Vice President of Administration decides whether delays, closings or early dismissals, due to weather conditions, are warranted.  Decision for closing and delays will be made, if possible, by 5:30 a.m.


Any weather-related schedule changes for classes (other than SCPS classes)—cancellations, delays or early dismissals—will be announced electronically via an EC Alert outreach text, through social media outlets and by a Headline News email announcement to faculty, staff and students. Updates will be posted on the official College Facebook and Twitter accounts, the College website and the Elizabethtown College Hotline (717-361-1988). While announcements via local radio and television stations and their websites also may be made, members of the campus community are encouraged to first check their text, social media, their College email box, the College website and the Hotline.

Weather cancellations of classes offered through the Edward R. Murphy School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will be announced by the Center via email directly to SCPS students. If Dixon University Center or Franklin & Marshall close, Elizabethtown College classes scheduled at those locations are canceled.

Special Event Cancellations

Announcements regarding the cancellation of special events will be made on the College’s website and via local radio and television stations.