By Wayne Allen
January 7, 2014
PDT Staff Writer
Meteorologists throughout the region have said the extreme temperatures that been in the area have been the coldest its been in 20 years.
As a result of those icy temperatures, most school districts have closed. Throughout this weather and cold temperatures Shawnee State University (SSU) has continued to remain open for classes.
“There is a lot that goes into the assessment of that (to hold classes or not hold classes),” said Elizabeth Blevins, director of communications for SSU. “We have to look at how safe the campus is and the campus environment. We also have to look at risks and how long a student would have to be outside to go from one end of campus to the other.”
She said throughout the recent cold weather each of the buildings on campus have been operational and functional.
“All of our buildings are all nice, warm and toasty,” Blevins said.
Blevins said the ultimate decision to hold classes in adverse weather is the responsibility of the provost.
“Our priority is to provide a safe educational environment for our students,” said SSU Provost Dr. Dave Todt. “This week, with the severe cold weather, our facilities crews have worked around the clock to ensure that our grounds and buildings are safe. Fortunately, the close proximity of our buildings to each other, our parking areas, and residence areas, allow our students to have minimal outside exposure – allowing us to remain open for them.”
For more information about Shawnee State University and the many programs and activities offered visit, www.shawnee.edu.
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