Purdue students petition to cancel classes Wednesday

Purdue hasn't cancelled classes since February 2014.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 6:28 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 7:10 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Ahead of Wednesday's expected record-low wind chills, students at Purdue University are taking to change.org to try and get their classes cancelled.

A student created the petition with a goal of 10,000 signatures. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 8,500.

It's still unknown if Purdue will cancel Wednesday classes, however the university tries to make the decision by 5:30 a.m. A spokesperson said the wind chill typically has to exceed -30 degrees for a cancellation.

Purdue hasn't cancelled classes since February 2014. 

Students have started similar petitions at IU and IUPUI. Notre Dame has already announced that classes will be cancelled Wednesday.

Purdue released the following statement: 

The Purdue administration and Public Safety team are actively monitoring the weather forecasts and making plans should the extreme wind chill arrive later this week.

Any change in class schedule or university operating schedule will be communicated by email and text alert, we will also post the information on our campus websites and send to area TV, radio and print outlets to share.

Weather preparedness information and tips are available here: https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/health_safety/weather.html

West Lafayette campus procedures on extreme weather conditions can be found  here: https://www.purdue.edu/ehps/emergency_preparedness/docs/2016%20West%20Lafayette%20Adverse%20Winter%20Weather%20Procedures.pdf

All delays and cancellations in our area are posted here.

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