Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Emergency

Updates

  • Winter storm alert

    Wheaton will announce by mid-afternoon Tuesday whether classes will be cancelled or delayed on Wednesday, Jan. 22, due to the approaching winter storm.

    A winter storm that is expected in Southeastern Massachusetts by early evening could affect classes on Wednesday. Current forecasts indicate the storm could bring as much as 10 inches of snow to the area by Wednesday morning.

    As a result, Wheaton will announce by mid-afternoon today (Tuesday) whether classes will be cancelled or delayed on Wednesday, Jan. 22, for the safety of students, faculty and staff. This information also will be available on the web and the college’s social media channels.

    Meanwhile, the college will institute its snow removal plan at 4 p.m. today to enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible.

    All vehicles should be parked in one of the following lots:

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

    All vehicles should be moved from all other parking lots no later than 4 p.m. The lots that are being closed include:

    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of Clark Recreation Center and Nursery School)
    • Lot 2 West Section (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main St. 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&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, no later than 4:00 p.m.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

  • College closing due to winter storm

    Due to the winter storm expected to intensify this evening, Wheaton College will close most college offices at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 2) and remain closed until 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3. Essential campus services and facilities will remain open. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so […]

    Due to the winter storm expected to intensify this evening, Wheaton College will close most college offices at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 2) and remain closed until 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.

    Essential campus services and facilities will remain open. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Non-essential personnel should not report for work during first shift on Friday.

    Public events scheduled for Thursday evening or Friday have been cancelled, with the exception of the women’s basketball game at Emerson Gymnasium at 3 p.m. today. Our team's 9-0 record will be on the line as they tip off against Roger Williams University (7-1).

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college will institute its snow removal plan at 4 p.m. today.

    All vehicles should be parked in Lot 4 (Meadows Lot) along the wooden fence parallel to the grounds shop, or the new section of Parking Lot 3 (Pine Street) along the wooden stockade fence (adjacent to Keefe Field). All other parking lots will be closed as of 4 p.m. These include:

    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of Clark Recreation Center and Nursery School)
    • Lot 2 West Section (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main St. opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 6 (Faculty/Staff lot behind Balfour-Hood Center and adjacent to Science Center)
    • 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&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, no later than 4:00 p.m.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    Updated information will be posted as necessary.

  • For parents

    An email notification system to alert parents in the case of a campus emergency

  • College is open today

    Wheaton College remains open and all on-campus events, including today’s Open House for Accepted Students, will take place as planned.

    Wheaton College remains open and all on-campus events, including today's Open House for Accepted Students, will take place as planned.

    Due to the closure of MBTA and public safety directives from local authorities on Friday, April 19, Wheaton College is advising that residential students should avoid travel off campus, especially any trips to or near the city of Boston.

    Off-campus students, faculty and staff should use personal judgment in terms of travel today; those in affected areas should stay at home and follow instructions of local law enforcement and media advisories. The College remains open today.

  • nemo storm Notice: Parking restrictions starting Saturday 2/15 at 5 p.m. for snow removal

    Good afternoon. While we enjoy the sun today, the college’s grounds crew is preparing for a snow storm expected to arrive on Saturday evening and leave us with an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow. This is no blizzard, but it will require plowing, snow blowing and shoveling. As a result, the college will […]

    Good afternoon. While we enjoy the sun today, the college's grounds crew is preparing for a snow storm expected to arrive on Saturday evening and leave us with an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow. This is no blizzard, but it will require plowing, snow blowing and shoveling.

    As a result, the college will institute its campus snow removal plan at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, to facilitate the clearing of campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible.

    To make this happen, student vehicles should be parked in one of the following lots: 

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium. 
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office. (Consult the campus map to identify the numbered lots.)

    All vehicles should be moved from all other parking lots no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. The lots that are being closed include:

    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of Clark Recreation Center and Nursery School)
    • Lot 2 West Section (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main St. opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 6 (Faculty/Staff lot behind Balfour-Hood Center and adjacent to Science Center)
    • 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 to Lot 8 Bookstore Lot
    • Students residing in Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue are instructed to remove their vehicles from those dorms and relocate them to Lot #3 (Pine Street Lot) no later than 5:00 p.m.
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the college's four open parking lots, no later than 5:00 p.m.

    Any vehicle remaining, or not relocated per these instructions, that hampers emergency snow removal efforts may to towed to an off campus location, at the owners expense.

    Thanks.

  • Classes resume Tuesday, Feb. 12

    Wheaton will resume its regular schedule of classes and activities on Tuesday, Feb. 12. All facilities on campus are now accessible and prepared for regular hours of operations. These include the library and the Haas Athletic Center, which will reopen as of 4 p.m. today. Students, faculty and staff are urged to take care when […]

    Wheaton will resume its regular schedule of classes and activities on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

    All facilities on campus are now accessible and prepared for regular hours of operations. These include the library and the Haas Athletic Center, which will reopen as of 4 p.m. today.

    Students, faculty and staff are urged to take care when moving about the campus. Walkways have been cleared, but remain slippery in many spots due to rain and overnight freezing.

    Parking restrictions for the campus have now been lifted, and students may park in designated lots as usual.

    This evening

    The library is scheduled to reopen at 4 p.m. this evening and will immediately resume its normal operating schedule, closing at 2 a.m.

    Women's basketball will play against Clark University at 7 PM in Emerson Gymnasium. Celebrate by cheering the Lyons on.

    Staff and Faculty

    The second and third shifts should report for work today, as previously announced.

    All faculty and staff will resume normal schedules on Tuesday.

    Special Thanks

    Wheaton weathered this storm and is ready to reopen thanks, in no small measure, to the dedicated staff who worked countless hours before, during and after Nemo passed through our region.

    One student showed appreciation for their efforts on Twitter:

    Shout Out To Wheaton College's Cleaning Crew Tho !#hardworkers

    When you see members of the grounds crew, public safety, the residence hall staff and others who worked throughout the storm to keep us safe and comfortable, please take a moment to show your appreciation.

  • Classes Cancelled Monday, Feb 11

    Classes and most activities cancelled for Monday Classes at Wheaton College are cancelled for Monday, February 11, due to the continuing efforts to clear snow from campus roads, pathways, and building entrances and exits. Also, organized activities are cancelled until 4 p.m. Monday. The college will continue all essential services, including dining services at Emerson […]

    Classes and most activities cancelled for Monday

    Classes at Wheaton College are cancelled for Monday, February 11, due to the continuing efforts to clear snow from campus roads, pathways, and building entrances and exits. Also, organized activities are cancelled until 4 p.m. Monday.

    The college will continue all essential services, including dining services at Emerson and Chase. In additional, the Loft, Balfour-Hood Center, the fitness center and the bookstore will be open during regularly scheduled hours. (Check the list on the right for details on what is open and closed.)

    The women’s basketball game scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday will take place at Haas Athletic Center as planned. However, the Rebecca Chopp lecture scheduled for tomorrow evening will be rescheduled.

    Students are urged to take care when moving about the campus.

    Dedicated crews have been working nonstop since the blizzard began on Friday afternoon. Priority has been placed on clearing snow around residence and dining halls, and a great deal of progress has been made throughout the campus. However, many academic buildings and other facilities still require attention for safety.

    All nonessential personnel should not report to work. The first shift has been cancelled for Monday. However, the second and third shifts will take place as regularly scheduled.  Staff in departments that are considered essential should plan on reporting to campus as regularly scheduled. For Monday's first shift only, Building Services does not need to report.

    Supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Parking restrictions remain in place.

    The college anticipates resuming classes and organized activities on Tuesday. Please continue to monitor the website and your email for any additional updates.

    Further updates will be distributed by the college’s emergency notification system as well as by email and on the web.

    In the event of an emergency, please call Wheaton Public Safety at 508-285-5051.

  • Storm recovery underway at Wheaton

    The blizzard has passed through New England and most of the snow has ended or is winding down. The campus has power and has had no reports of outages at this time. Crews are continuing to work hard to clear paths and roadways for safety. Parking restrictions remain in place. High winds and blowing snow […]

    The blizzard has passed through New England and most of the snow has ended or is winding down.

    The campus has power and has had no reports of outages at this time. Crews are continuing to work hard to clear paths and roadways for safety.

    Parking restrictions remain in place.

    High winds and blowing snow will continue with very cold temperatures. We urge students who choose to move about campus to exercise caution to avoid falling debris, slippery pathways and other unsafe conditions. Also, please heed work crews and watch out for equipment on roads and paths.

    Essential services are continuing with some adjustments during storm recovery (see list of open and closed facilities online). Organized activities will resume on Sunday at noon.

    We will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s homepage to get the most up to date information.

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/
    http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/

    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.

  • Storm preparations complete

    The college has prepared for the winter storm now bearing down on southern New England. Extra resources, including extra snow cleaning crews and an additional emergency generator, have been positioned on campus, if they are needed. Essential services will continue with some adjustments for the storm (see list at right). Classes for Friday have been […]

    The college has prepared for the winter storm now bearing down on southern New England. Extra resources, including extra snow cleaning crews and an additional emergency generator, have been positioned on campus, if they are needed.

    Essential services will continue with some adjustments for the storm (see list at right). Classes for Friday have been cancelled and all organized activities have been cancelled until Sunday at noon. Parking restrictions remain in place.

    DURING THE STORM

    While the snowfall is light at present, the storm is expected to intensify as the afternoon wears on and to reach its peak during the evening.

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out after sunset on Friday, when the storm is expected to intensify. During the height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are predicted. We urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris, slippery pathways and other unsafe conditions.Also, students should make sure that all windows and exterior doors in dorms are kept closed.

    IN A POWER OUTAGE

    The college may need to evacuate residence halls for your safety. You will be notified by residence hall staff and/or the alert system, should it be necessary. Do not move until notified.

    As a precaution, students should gather the following items today:

    • a flashlight and jacket.
    • a small bag with any necessary toiletries and medication.
    • cell phones and other small electronic devices. 
    • a pillow and/or blanket.
    • a change of clothes (dry socks, shirt, etc.)
    • a water bottle

    Students also should plan to keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. If the campus loses power, the college would use the emergency notification system to communicate via text and voicemail message as well as through the residential life staff and its online channels.

    EMERGENCY PLANNING

    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 homepage to get the most up to date information.

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/
    http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/

    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.

  • Friday classes, weekend activities cancelled

    All classes and activities at Wheaton College will be cancelled from Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12 noon

    All classes and organized activities at Wheaton College will be cancelled from Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12 noon, due to the major winter storm expected to arrive early tomorrow and continue into Saturday.

    Dining and other essential services will continue. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Non-essential personnel should not report for work on Friday or Saturday.

    Students who would like to go home for the weekend are urged to do so by this evening. Forecasters and public officials predict that travel will not be safe on Friday and that roads may not be passable before late in the afternoon on Saturday.

    Students who remain on campus should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out after sunset on Friday, when the storm is expected to intensify. 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, keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged.

    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 storm

    Once the storm arrives, students should stay indoors as much as possible. During the height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are predicted. 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 homepage to get the most up to date information.

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/
    http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/

    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 is instituting its snow removal plan.

    Student vehicles should be parked in either Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street, or in Lot 10, behind the post office. (Consult the campus map to identify the numbered lots.)

    All vehicles should be moved from all other parking lots no later than 9 p.m. this evening (Thursday, Feb. 7). The lots that are being closed include:

    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of Clark Recreation Center and Nursery School)
    • Lot 2 West Section (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main St. opposite YMCA)
    • Lot 6 (Faculty/Staff lot behind Balfour-Hood Center and adjacent to Science Center)
    • 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 to Lot 8 Bookstore Lot
    • Students residing in Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue are instructed to remove their vehicles from those dorms and relocate them to Lot #3 (Pine Street Lot) no later than 6:00 p.m.
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to Lot #3 (Pine Street Lot) no later than 6:00 p.m.

    Any vehicle remaining, or not relocated per these instructions, that hampers emergency snow removal efforts may to towed to an off campus location, at the owners expense.