Weather

Weather and Closure Policies

The University does not expect students or personnel to put themselves at undue risk. Please travel with caution on roadways. The determination to close the University will be made based on the severity of the weather, area road conditions, and campus conditions.

When the campus is closed, classes are cancelled and only essential personnel should report to work.

If classes are not cancelled, individual faculty must notify the Provost during regular business hours to request a class cancellation due to inclement weather. The Office of Academic Affairs will be sensitive to such requests.

Faculty with campus commitments who are unable to be at work due to inclement weather are responsible for contacting appropriate colleagues and students.

Staff members who are unable to report to work due to inclement weather must consult their supervisor and will be required to use a vacation day or a day without pay for the absence. Working from home does not constitute a work day.

CLOSED FOR DAY
The decision to close the campus due to inclement weather will be made by the President either the evening before or by 6:00 a.m. the morning of a regular business day. 

DELAYED START
If it appears that inclement weather and road conditions will improve during the day, a delayed start may be announced. If there is a delayed start, the first classes of the day will be those immediately following the delayed start time. Classes before or midway through the announced start time will not be held.

CLOSE MIDDAY
If weather conditions deteriorate during the day, a decision may be made to close midday. Should the campus close midday, the same procedures for notification apply. In addition, members of the President’s Cabinet are responsible for communicating the message to their respective departments in a timely manner.

EVENING CLASSES
If weather conditions deteriorate late afternoon, posing a risk to faculty and students, the institution will make a decision to cancel classes by 3:00 pm. Individual faculty may request to cancel their evening class even if the institution is open, by contacting either the Academic Affairs office or the Adult-Graduate office (whichever is applicable for the class) by 3:00 pm. Instructors should notify their students and make arrangements to make up the class. If the weather deteriorates once evening classes have begun, individual faculty should dismiss the class early. 

WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS
The President or the Office of Academic Affairs will immediately notify the Communications and Marketing Office of a campus closing. The Communications and Marketing Office will in turn place the announcement in the locations listed below. Students, staff and faculty should consult the following resources first in the expected event of a weather cancellation.

  • The Mount Mercy homepage, which will contain weather updates
  • Mount Mercy student, faculty and staff e-mail accounts 
  • MyCampus 
  • Switchboard:  On campus, dial “0”; Off-campus, dial 319-363-8213 or 319-363-1323 

Other resources that will be notified of a closing include:
 
Social Media:
Mount Mercy Facebook page
Mount Mercy Twitter account

Television:
KCRG TV9
KGAN NEWS2
KWWL 7

Radio:
KZIA 102.9
KHAK 98.1
KDAT 104.5
KRNA 94.1
KCCK 88.3
WMT 96.5
WMT AM 600
KMRY 1450
KNWS 101.9
KRNQ 96.3
KWOF 89.1