Closings & Cancellations

There are no weather delays at this time. 

 Weather Delay and Closure Policies

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

  • 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. 
  • 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 with their supervisors.

The decision to close the campus all day due to inclement weather will be made either the evening before or by 6 AM the morning of. 

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.

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.

If weather conditions deteriorate late afternoon, posing a risk to faculty and students, the institution will make a decision to cancel classes by 3 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 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 class early. 

Watch for Announcements

The President or the Office of Academic Affairs will immediately notify the Office of Public Safety and Office of Marketing & Communications of a weather-related closing or delay. The Office of Public Safety will activate the weather notification system and both offices will share the announcement with the resources listed below.

Students, faculty, and staff should consult the following in the expected event of a weather delay or cancellation:

  • The Mount Mercy homepage, which will contain weather updates
  • Mount Mercy student, faculty, and staff email accounts (sent via Rave Alert) 
  • Brightspace 
  • Switchboard: dial “0” if on campus; dial 319-363-8213 or 319-363-1323 if off campus 

Other resources that will be notified of a closing include:

Social Media:

Mount Mercy Facebook page
Mount Mercy Twitter account





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Due to weather, Mount Mercy University and the Graduate Center will close Tuesday 2.5.19 at 3:30 p.m.  For more information, visit


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