Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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  • 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.

  • 736802_10151336126633328_2104171009_o Preparing for a winter storm

    The college has begun making preparations for a major winter storm expected to arrive in the region on Friday, Feb. 8.

    A major winter storm is expected to hit southern New England on Friday, and the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for eastern Massachusetts. Light snowfall is expected to begin by late Friday morning, intensify in the afternoon and continue into Saturday morning, bringing 12 to 24 inches of snow and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service.

    The college has begun making preparations for the storm, and as always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern. Please be aware that travel may not be safe from Friday noon to Saturday afternoon, and plan accordingly.

    The college will likely have further announcements by Thursday evening concerning any special plans, parking advisories or rescheduled events. You can also check Wheaton’s homepage for the most up-to-date information:

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

    We advise members of the campus community to use precautions during the inclement weather and to report any problems or safety issues to Wheaton Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Update: Classes begin at 11 a.m. today (Oct. 30)

    The college plans to resume classes at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 30). Classes scheduled before 11 a.m. have been canceled to allow for clean up and safe travel to campus. Because conditions may vary throughout southern New England, some faculty members may choose to cancel an individual class if they are unable to reach […]

    The college plans to resume classes at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 30). Classes scheduled before 11 a.m. have been canceled to allow for clean up and safe travel to campus.

    Because conditions may vary throughout southern New England, some faculty members may choose to cancel an individual class if they are unable to reach campus safely. However, students should plan to attend any regularly scheduled classes unless they are informed of a cancellation directly by their professor.

    Networking Issues

    The campus is experiencing some computer networking issues due to the storm. Some areas on campus may not be working or may be working intermittently.

    Information Technology staff will investigate and deal with them as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, please remember that when you return to campus:

    • If you suspect your computer equipment may have gotten wet or is in an area that is wet, DO NOT PLUG IT IN OR TURN IT ON, call 3900 ASAP and we will check the equipment out as soon as we open at 11:00AM.
    • If the area and your equipment are dry, please remember to plug in all equipment before turning it on.
    • Please follow the same precautions with your personal computer equipment.

    For Staff and Faculty

    Non-essential staff members should plan on reporting to campus for work at 11 a.m.

    Staff in departments that are considered essential, which includes dining halls and all physical plant employees, should plan on reporting to campus as regularly scheduled. Supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Any faculty or staff member concerned about personal safety or unable to get to campus is responsible for notifying supervisors or canceling individual classes. Please refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus: http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/

     

  • Update: Tuesday classes before 11 a.m. canceled

    Classes on Tuesday morning scheduled before 11 a.m. are canceled. The college plans to resume classes at 11 a.m., providing the college does not experience extended power outages.

    Classes on Tuesday morning scheduled before 11 a.m. are canceled. The college  plans to resume classes at 11 a.m., providing the college does not experience extended power outages.

    Morning classes are canceled for Tuesday to allow for clean up and safe travel to campus. Classes beginning at 11 a.m. and afterward will be held as scheduled.

    Because conditions may vary throughout southern New England, some faculty members may choose to cancel an individual class if they are unable to reach campus safely. However, students should plan to attend any regularly scheduled classes unless they are informed of a cancellation directly by their professor.

    If necessary, 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 or at 508-286-8213.

    For Staff and Faculty

    Non-essential staff members should plan on reporting to campus for work at 11 a.m.

    Staff in departments that are considered essential, which includes dining halls and all physical plant employees, should plan on reporting to campus as regularly scheduled. Supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Any faculty or staff member concerned about personal safety or unable to get to campus is responsible for notifying supervisors or canceling individual classes. Please refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus: http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/

     

  • UPDATE: Wheaton and Hurricane Sandy (Monday, 11:15 a.m.)

    The Wheaton campus is currently experiencing early effects of Hurricane Sandy, but the campus continues to have full electrical power, provide essential services to students and has not sustained any significant storm damage.

    The Wheaton campus is currently experiencing early effects of Hurricane Sandy, but the campus continues to have full electrical power, provide essential services to students and has not sustained any significant storm damage.

    The college is in regular contact with local public safety officials and the utility company, National Grid, to coordinate response to the storm.

    For safety, students should stay indoors as much as possible, and we urge all members of the campus community to exercise caution when moving across campus to avoid falling debris and other unsafe conditions. [Please note addition: the fitness center is closed today and the library will close at noon.]

    In addition, students should plan to keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. In the event of a power outage, the college will use the emergency notification system to communicate via text and voicemail message as well as through the residential life staff and its online channels.

    The latest weather conditions and forecast information for Wheaton can be found from the college homepage and directly from the National Weather Service.

    More information on college operations, including the resumption of classes, will be shared by early evening.  Please check the college web site for further updates.

  • Classes canceled for Monday, Oct. 29

    Classes have been canceled for Monday, Oct. 29, due to the impending storm. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and late this afternoon, he asked all schools and colleges in the Commonwealth to close tomorrow. While classes will not be held, the college will continue all essential services, such as the […]

    Classes have been canceled for Monday, Oct. 29, due to the impending storm. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and late this afternoon, he asked all schools and colleges in the Commonwealth to close tomorrow. While classes will not be held, the college will continue all essential services, such as the dining halls.

    All non-essential personnel should not report for work. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Wheaton does not anticipate any further disruptions in campus services, but college staff will continue to closely monitor the circumstances and will implement appropriate contingency plans, should they prove necessary.

    In preparation for the storm, we ask that students make sure that all windows 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 and, once the storm arrives, that you stay indoors.

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

    Once the storm arrives, we suggest that you stay indoors. During any storm, we urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris 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 on the hurricane. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold, via email, the emergency alert system, the Wheaton web site, Facebook and Twitter.

    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.

  • Sunday morning update on Hurricane Sandy

    Wheaton College officials have made necessary emergency preparations and are continuing to monitor forecasts for Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we have decided to keep the campus open and we will hold classes on Monday. Faculty and staff should refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus. http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/ If you worry for […]

    Wheaton College officials have made necessary emergency preparations and are continuing to monitor forecasts for Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we have decided to keep the campus open and we will hold classes on Monday.

    Faculty and staff should refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus.

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/

    If you worry for your own safety or cannot get to campus, it is your responsibility to notify your supervisor and to cancel your classes.

    In preparation for the storm, we ask that students make sure that all windows in dorms are kept closed, and that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require.

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

    Once the storm arrives, we suggest that you stay indoors. During any storm, we urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris 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 on the hurricane. 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.

    Thank you.