Information for Potential Inclement Weather
Inclement weather occasionally affects Friends University classes and campus events. Information about weather-related closings can be found in the following ways:
- Friends University Website
This is the preferred source of notification and will provide the most amount of detail. A notice about any weather-related class cancellations will be placed at the top of the homepage highlights in the lower middle section of the University’s homepage at www.friends.edu. Messages will be posted about all affected University locations and classes, including Wichita, Lenexa, Topeka and Outreach. We encourage students, faculty, staff and others to check the homepage periodically for additional updates regarding events throughout the day.
- Falcon Alert
Friends University offers text message and email alerts concerning weather closings. Members of the Friends University community can learn more about Falcon Alert here.
- Local Television and Radio Stations
Participating local stations make announcements about all university weather closings and other school closings in the area. We recommend consulting TV stations before radio as some radio stations do not broadcast closing information. We also recommend consulting more than one station to confirm closings in case there is a delay at a station or a station has reported incorrect information.
Outreach Students: News stations sometimes announce a closing that may affect a different Friends University location, but may not affect your local class. You should receive a call from Friends University if your class is canceled, or you can check the Friends University website to confirm any outreach cancellations.
- Local Main Phone Line
A message about any weather-related class cancellations will be placed on the main phone line of each of the affected locations in Wichita, Lenexa and Topeka.
In Wichita, administration typically makes the decision to cancel evening classes about 3 p.m. that day, and a decision to cancel daytime classes is usually made by 7 a.m. that morning.
Once a decision is made to cancel classes, all campus events are usually canceled as well. Any faculty or staff who wishes to continue an event should contact their vice president so a decision can be made about whether the event will continue. Television and radio stations may not broadcast specific event information, so to find out whether an event will continue check the Friends University website, call the main number for the location or call the main line of the department responsible for the event.
Typically, all University offices are closed once classes are canceled. Staff and faculty usually are not required to report to work during their regular business hours when classes are canceled. Employees who are already at work when classes are canceled typically receive an email from the President’s Office notifying them that they may go home. However, it is advised that faculty and staff check the website to confirm whether they are required to report to work or not.
The following stations in each area typically announce school-related weather closings. Please note this list is subject to change.
Kansas City Stations:
KQRC THE ROCK
WHB SPORTS RADIO