Campus Closings

An official closing and/or cancellation of classes may occur due to severe weather conditions, non-functioning of university mechanical systems, or other unforeseen circumstances. During official closings, all scheduled classes and special events are canceled; all university offices are closed; and official university operations cease, though specific exceptions may be authorized as directed by appropriate university officials.

Students, faculty, and staff are advised to refer to the following sources for information on official university closings and/or the cancellation of classes and special events, including athletic events:

  • Oakland University website at oakland.edu
  • Text message alert (excluding cancellations of athletic and special events).
  • Oakland University school closing hotline at (248) 370-2000.
  • TV and radio stations for school closing listings:
    • WJBK-TV FOX 2
    • WDIV-TV Channel 4
    • WXYZ-TV Channel 7
    • WJR AM 760
    • WWJ AM 950

DO NOT call the OU Police Department or switchboard to ask if classes are cancelled. OU police dispatchers are expected to be available to receive communications of an emergency nature.

Online Classes

When Oakland University is officially closed or classes canceled, synchronous online classes or synchronous online events in classes — those which require online presence at an established time such as a planned discussion or a class involving Elluminate — are also canceled. Asynchronous online classes and asynchronous online events in classes — those for which there is no set meeting time — are not subject to cancellation when Oakland University is closed.

Macomb County Locations

During Emergency Closings and Cancellation of Classes, Oakland University classes at the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) or Macomb University Center (MUC) will also be canceled. If Macomb Community College is closed, Oakland University classes at the MUC will be canceled. If the MISD is closed, Oakland University classes at the MISD will be canceled.

Other Off-Site Locations

During Emergency Closings and Cancellation of Classes, off-site locations will close or cancel classes only if the school district in which the off-site locations resides has closed or canceled classes. The University school closing hotline, (248) 370-2000, will contain information regarding off-site locations.

For more information about weather-related closings, please refer to Policy 482.