West Virginia University is closing at 3 p.m. Friday due to Gov. Joe Manchin’s declaration of a state of emergency as a result of a severe winter storm.

Previously, classes had been canceled at 1 p.m., and many events for Friday and Saturday canceled or rescheduled.

Students and employees should use good judgment when traveling in inclement weather, said Narvel Weese, vice president for administration and finance.

The University’s Personal Rapid Transit system will close at 3:30 p.m.

Two athletic events scheduled for this weekend will go on as scheduled: a Friday gymnastics meet between WVU, No. 15 Michigan and William & Mary and a wrestling match Saturday between Pitt and WVU. Both events are at the WVU Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Additionally, the Mountainlair Student Union will remain open, although with limited services.

Even with the closing, those employees in positions considered essential to the functioning of the unit or other institutional services during an inclement weather closure (e.g., for snow removal, facility maintenance, dining services, safety/security, etc.) are expected to report to work.

If weather conditions prevent employees from getting to work or getting to work on time, they should notify their supervisor as soon as possible and prior to the start of the shift. Any questions about scheduling issues should be addressed to an employee’s supervisor.

All classes and activities will resume Monday, unless weather conditions dictate otherwise.

WVU anticipates a normal opening on Monday (Feb. 8) but stay tuned to local broadcast stations and WVU web sites (www.wvu.edu, wvutoday.wvu.edu, www.mix.wvu.edu) for the latest information.

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02/05/10

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