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WVU Police Explain What it Takes for WVU Campus to Shut Down

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Frigid Temperatures and continued snowfall forced more than 20 North Central West Virginia counties to cancel school. But there were still students at West Virginia University. So what exactly does it take for officials to close the campus?

"There are a lot of kids falling, a lot of kids slipping," said Josh Oyler, a student at WVU. "I think if they were going to have class they should have a much better job, more people out shoveling sidewalks."

WVU Students were expected at class both Wednesday and Thursday. WVU Police are the first to look at the conditions for closing.

"Generally it starts with our midnight shift who checks with the Department of Highways, MECCA," said Chief Bob Roberts, from the WVU Police Department. "We're looking for road closures, any statements of emergency. We're also looking for how the roads and ground crew on campus get the campus cleared."

The WVU Police Department takes high measures to make sure it's safe to travel to and or around WVU. But they don't make the decision to close or keep the campus open.

"This is not an individual decision made by one person," said Roberts. "We feed that information on to the administration and then there is a group that looks at it and then there is a decision made."

Oyler said he doesn't mind walking in the snow but he thinks there are a few more things that officials should look for when determining whether or not to shut down the campus.

"When the PRT is down, and buses are having a hard time getting places," Oyler said. "Especially when the shuttles from Copper Beach aren't running, that should be a red flag right away, a lot of those kids can't get to class. When Spruce and High Street, people are sledding on them instead of driving on them."

Some professors do cancel classes on their own. Chief Roberts says that faculty, staff and students should use their own judgement if it's safe for them to travel.

If you want updates on cancellations click here to find out how to be added to the WVU Alert system.

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