I am posting to class announcement boards, sending a message via email, and posting to website:
We finally got the official “Yes, OSU Columbus Campus is Open” message and I’m left to make a choice for my classes. While OSU’s decision is based on overall conditions and I realize many students live on campus and aren’t worried about driving, many of us do drive to campus.
I am canceling two classes because the Sheriff’s Office has requested that driving be limited to “absolutely necessary” travel (level 2) in Franklin County and the surrounding areas are dangerous as well. All area schools are closed as well as many daycare centers, etc.
My first class starts while the snow is still accumulating AND my second class is a Peer Review day which requires good attendance numbers to be successful. This factors into my decision as well.
I’ve been watching the news, and accident reports. The most recent closing of parts of 315 by Lane/Medical Center was the final straw for me. I don’t like to cancel class because it means adjusting schedules, but I’m more concerned with the safety of my students and also aware that some of you are parents with no childcare as a result of closings.
Be safe. I’ll see some of you tomorrow and the rest on Monday.
Care to keep up with news?
OSU Emergency TWITTER: https://twitter.com/OSU_EMFP
At bottom of post, please see the OSU Notification that classes are not being canceled by OSU today.
NOTE: I am not (NOT!) advocating for your absence in any scheduled classes. I can only manage my own. OSU IS OPEN in Columbus, Ohio!
BE SAFE! I will update Carmen with adjusted information.
COLUMBUS CAMPUS OPEN (2/7/18)
The Ohio State University Columbus campus will remain OPEN today (2/7/18). Please use caution while traveling.
Franklin County has declared a Level 2 Snow Emergency(link is external). The City of Columbus and State of Ohio are prioritizing highly traveled routes. While City of Columbus roads near the university remain snow covered, university crews continue to clear campus roads. Ohio State Facilities Operations and Development crews have been hard at work since 2:30 a.m. to prepare roadways and sidewalks while CampusParc clears parking lots.
The university weighs many factors, including the safety of those driving and walking to (or on) campus. We recommend that everyone dress appropriately for the weather and use caution while traveling.