Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Updates

  • Classes resume on Tuesday

    Classes and activities will resume the normal schedule, and college offices will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

    Updated Announcement: Monday, February 8 at 5:15 p.m.

    Wheaton College classes and activities will resume the normal schedule on Tuesday, February 9, and college offices will reopen as well.

    The parking restrictions that apply to student parking will remain in effect until further notice. Staff and faculty reporting for work should park in their regular locations (lots 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 9).

    Please note: Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers snow removal, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owner’s expense.

    Your cooperation is much appreciated.

    Students, park here...

    You should park your vehicle in one of the following lots (click onthe map to see the areas):

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    Students, don’t park here...

    The lots that are closed include:

    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 8, (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    • Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7 and 9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or

    508-286-3333.

     


     

    Announcement: Monday, February 8 at 5:30 a.m.

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College are canceled for Monday, February 8. College offices also will be closed on Monday.

    Dining at Chase Dining Hall and other essential services will continue on Monday, and additional facilities and services will be open (see listing at right).

    Staff operations

    College offices will be closed, and non-essential personnel should not report for work. Non-essential employees should plan for resumption of regular work schedules on Tuesday morning (starting with the 6 a.m. shift) unless otherwise notified.

    In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue until the college resumes normal operations.

    Campus conditions 

    Wheaton’s grounds crews will work to remove snow and treat roadways and pathways throughout the duration of the storm, but please take care when walking about the campus because some areas may be slippery. In addition, the high winds will create some potential for danger from falling limbs, and from snow and ice blowing off roofs. We want to make sure everyone is safe. We want to make sure everyone is safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    For more information, consult the parking restrictions page and map.

  • Parking restrictions begin tonight

    Parking restrictions will begin tonight, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at 6 p.m.

    The New England area forecast is in flux but predictions currently indicate that snow will begin after midnight tonight and continue through Monday morning into the evening. So parking restrictions will begin tonight, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at 6 p.m., and continue until further notice to facilitate the clearing of snow from paths, roads and parking lots.

    14-Campus-Snow-Parking-800For your safety, please be aware of the potential of falling objects, such as tree limbs and snow and ice from roofs, and take care as you move about the campus as paths may be slippery. Continue to monitor email and the website for any updates.

    The parking restrictions that will begin at 6 p.m. this evening apply to students. Staff and faculty reporting for work should park in their regular locations (lots 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 9).

    Please note: Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers snow removal, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owner’s expense.

    Your cooperation is much appreciated.

    Students, park here...

    You should park your vehicle in one of the following lots (click onthe map to see the areas):

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    Students, don’t park here...

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 8, (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
    • Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
    • Lyons Den lot and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7 and 9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or

    508-286-3333.

     

  • Winter storm causing electrical power outage

    Wheaton has lost electrical power to much of the main college, due to the winter storm.

    UPDATE: Power was restored at 6pm. If you should experience any problems, please contact Public Safety.

    Wheaton has lost electrical power to much of the main college, due to a winter storm that has knocked down an main electrical line that serves the campus as well as parts of the Town of Norton. Electricity is expected to be out for several hours at least. Heat for the campus is provided by an on-campus steam plant that serves most buildings and continues uninterrupted.

    The following buildings, which are supported by back-up generators, continue to function normally: Haas Athletics Center, Mars Center for Science and Technology, the Library, and the Balfour-Hood Student Center. These facilities are open, the Internet is working normally and mobile devices can be charged in those buildings.

    Chase Dining Hall has minimal lighting and power, but will continue to serve food. Menu options will be limited during the power outage.

    Campus activities, including the Big Event, will take place as scheduled.

    College grounds staff continue to plow, shovel and treat the roads and paths around campus. However, students, faculty and staff should exercise caution while moving around campus, as snow is falling faster than removal efforts.

    The college recommends that you exercise caution during the power outage and storm, including the following:

    • A number of open buildings with power are available for charging phones and other mobile devices.
    • During a loss of lighting, please remember: candles are not permitted in the residence halls for fire safety reasons, even in event of a power outage.
    • Please be sure that windows and exterior doors are kept closed.
    • Our crews will do their best to clear walkways as fast as they can.  Be mindful that at night with wind blown snow, the visibility is very poor and drivers may not see you walking.

    Your RA's will be generally available and will be kept up-to-date on the latest information. If you are in need of an RA, you should use the RA on call number.

    Should the power outage be extended for more than a few hours, we will post further updates here and send them via text, voice and email.

    In the event of an emergency, call (508) 285-3333.

  • Parking restrictions begin Sunday

    It is believed that Eskimos have more than 50 words for different types of snow. No matter what you call it, it still means the same thing here at Wheaton College: parking restrictions. Forecasters are calling for two to four inches of “aqilokoq” (“softly falling snow”) beginning Sunday night and continuing into Monday morning. Parking […]

    It is believed that Eskimos have more than 50 words for different types of snow. No matter what you call it, it still means the same thing here at Wheaton College: parking restrictions.

    Forecasters are calling for two to four inches of “aqilokoq” ("softly falling snow") beginning Sunday night and continuing into Monday morning.

    Parking restrictions are being put into place, beginning Sunday, March 1, 2015, at noon, and continuing until Monday at 4 p.m. Towing at the owner's expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.)

    This enables the buildings and grounds crew to clear “aqilokoq” and ice from roads and pathways.

    We want everyone to be safe. We urge you to be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions.

    Safety considerations:

    >> Roads and paths will remain slippery in spots, due to drifting snow and icing c.
    >> High snow banks restrict motorist and pedestrian visibility, so please exercise caution when walking and driving.
    >> In some cases, specific building entrances will be closed due to the hazard of falling snow and ice. Please respect these closings and remain alert to the general hazard.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

     

     

  • Parking restrictions begin tonight

    Forecasters are predicting two to five inches of snow in our area tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, into tomorrow morning. Parking restrictions are being put into place beginning tonight at 6 p.m., through Wednesday at 4 p.m. Towing at the owner’s expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.) This helps the […]

    Forecasters are predicting two to five inches of snow in our area tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, into tomorrow morning.

    Parking restrictions are being put into place beginning tonight at 6 p.m., through Wednesday at 4 p.m. Towing at the owner's expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.)

    This helps the amazing buildings and grounds crew with the work of clearing snow and ice from roads and pathways.

    We want everyone to be safe. We urge you be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions.

    Safety considerations:

    >> Roads and paths will remain slippery in spots, due to drifting snow and icing caused by below-freezing temperatures expected throughout the week.

    >> High snow banks restrict motorist and pedestrian visibility so please exercise caution when walking and driving.

    >> In some cases, specific building entrances will be closed due to the hazard of falling snow and ice. Please respect these closings and remain alert to the general hazard.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Snow parking restrictions and campus safety

    More snow in the forecast; parking restrictions extended until Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    Forecasters are predicting three to five inches of snow for Tuesday, Feb. 17.

    This means that parking restrictions will remain in effect until Wednesday at 6 p.m., to aid in the increasingly difficult task of snow removal.

    Towing at the owners expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.)

    We want everyone to be safe. Buildings and grounds crews are working hard to deal with the snow and ice. However, we urge you to be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions.

    Safety considerations:

    >> Roads and paths will remain slippery in spots, due to drifting snow and icing caused by below-freezing temperatures expected throughout the week.

    >> High snow banks restrict motorist and pedestrian visibility so please exercise caution when walking and driving.

    >> In some cases, specific building entrances will be closed due to the hazard of falling snow and ice. Please respect these closings and remain alert to the general hazard.

    >> Below-average winter temperatures will continue throughout the week, presenting the potential for hypothermia and frostbite due to prolonged exposure. When outside, it is important to dress warmly and in layers. More information is available from the Centers for Disease Control.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Blizzard alert: campus facilities opening

    Classes and activities will take place on Monday, Feb. 16

    8:20 p.m. update: Wheaton College will resume normal operations. Classes and activities will take place as scheduled on Monday, Feb. 16.

    Given the high winds and extreme cold temperature forecast for the region over the next 24 to 48 hours, students are urged to exercise caution. Campus roads and paths may become slippery, due to blowing and drifting snow and ice. Students should be alert snow and ice may be blown off roofs and trees.

    Bitter cold temperatures also present a hazard. With wind chills forecast for 20 to 30 below this evening, hypothermia and frostbite can occur. When outside, it is important to dress warmly and in layers.

    Public safety officials report that travel remains hazardous for motorists and pedestrians. The height of snow banks lining roads and parking lots obstruct visibility, making it difficult for motorists to spot pedestrians. Area roadways are still being cleared.

    Parking restrictions remain in effect until Monday at 6 p.m.


     

    4:45 p.m. update: Wheaton College will open several facilities for student use, now that the snowfall has ended.

    The facilities that will open are the Library (5 p.m. to 2 a.m.), Balfour-Hood (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and the Haas Athletic Center, for regularly scheduled practices.

    Given the high winds and extreme cold temperature forecast for this evening, students are urged to exercise caution and avoid venturing outside more than necessary.


    9:30 announcement: A blizzard bringing a foot or more of snow, high winds and extreme cold is moving through the region today (Sunday, Feb. 15) and Wheaton College students are urged to remain indoors as much as possible during the storm.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue. Other dining locations and college facilities, such as the library, will be closed on Sunday, until further notice. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Parking restrictions remain in effect.

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out during the day, which is when the storm is expected to peak. Also, students should make sure that all windows and exterior doors in dorms are kept closed, that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms need to be evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC, so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    During the height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are possible. Only venture outside if absolutely necessary, such as going to Chase Dining Hall for meals. We urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris, slippery pathways and other unsafe conditions.

    Public safety officials and other staff members will be in regular contact with Norton emergency officials as well as with the National Weather Service for updates. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s emergency page to get the most up to date information. The next scheduled update will take place on Sunday evening, by 10 p.m.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college has instituted its snow removal plan. (See restrictions and map.)

  • Blizzard alert: exercise caution

    Wheaton College students are urged to remain indoors as much as possible during the blizzard.

    A blizzard bringing a foot or more of snow, high winds and extreme cold is moving through the region today (Sunday, Feb. 15) and Wheaton College students are urged to remain indoors as much as possible during the storm.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue. Other dining locations and college facilities, such as the library, will be closed on Sunday, until further notice. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Parking restrictions remain in effect.

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out during the day, which is when the storm is expected to peak. Also, students should make sure that all windows and exterior doors in dorms are kept closed, that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms need to be evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC, so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    During the height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are possible. Only venture outside if absolutely necessary, such as going to Chase Dining Hall for meals. We urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris, slippery pathways and other unsafe conditions.

    Public safety officials and other staff members will be in regular contact with Norton emergency officials as well as with the National Weather Service for updates. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s emergency page to get the most up to date information. The next scheduled update will take place on Sunday evening, by 10 p.m.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college has instituted its snow removal plan. (See restrictions and map.)

  • Winter alert; parking restrictions

      Weather forecasters have issued a blizzard watch for our area starting Saturday evening, Feb. 14, 2015, and continuing into Sunday afternoon, with strong winds, heavy snow accumulations of eight to 12 inches, and bitter cold air. Parking restrictions will be in effect beginning Saturday at noon until Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. Towing […]

     

    Weather forecasters have issued a blizzard watch for our area starting Saturday evening, Feb. 14, 2015, and continuing into Sunday afternoon, with strong winds, heavy snow accumulations of eight to 12 inches, and bitter cold air.

    Parking restrictions will be in effect beginning Saturday at noon until Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. Towing at the owners expense will be enforced, if necessary. See the restrictions map for details. http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/weather-related-parking-restrictions/

    Preparations

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out late Saturday evening, when the storm is expected to intensify, unless necessary. Also, students should make sure that all windows and exterior doors in dorms are kept closed, that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms need to be evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC, so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    Safety

    We want everyone to be safe. Buildings and grounds crews are working hard to deal with the snow and ice. However, we urge you be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions. Also please pay attention to restricted-access areas.

    Public safety officials and other staff members will be in regular contact with Norton emergency officials as well as with the National Weather Service for updates. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s emergency page to get the most up to date information. http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/updates/

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Classes canceled for Monday, Feb. 9.

    Classes and scheduled activities are canceled; college offices also will be closed on Monday.

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College are canceled for Monday, February 9, and they are scheduled to resume on Tuesday. Arrangements to make up the lost class day will be announced at a later time. College offices also will be closed on Monday.

    Dining at Chase Dining Hall and other essential services will continue on Monday, and additional facilities and services will open during the course of the day (see listing at right).

    Staff operations

    College offices will be closed on Monday, February 9, and non-essential personnel should not report for work. Non-essential employees should plan for resumption of regular work schedules on Tuesday morning (starting with the 6 a.m. shift) unless otherwise notified.

    In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue until the college resumes normal operations.

    Campus conditions

    Wheaton’s grounds crews will continue their herculean effort to remove snow and treat roadways and pathways throughout the duration of the storm, but please take care when walking about the campus because some areas may be slippery. We want to make sure everyone is safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    For more information, consult the parking restrictions page and map.