General Information

As the winter season approaches, the weather frequently turns inclement making travel difficult. Bad weather, especially between mid-night and 6:00 A.M., can also make it difficult to prepare the campus to receive students, faculty, and staff by the start of classes. Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State College will make every effort to remain open and on schedule even in moderately severe winter weather. The education process is very important, most classes use very tight syllabi, and both institutions are not dependent on bus transportation as are primary and secondary schools. It is therefore possible to remain open when public and private primary and secondary schools have closed or delayed.

Instructions For Students

We serve a broad geographic area, which often has diverse weather conditions and commuters may experience conditions which make travel difficult. In such cases students are asked to use their discretion regarding travel. If Rhodes State has not issued an official cancellation or delay, students are expected to exercise their mature judgment in determining whether to attend classes or activities sanctioned by the College. In accordance with established procedures students are accountable for any material missed during an absence without an official delay or announced cancellation. Faculty members are encouraged to provide absent students the opportunity to make up missed work on their own. In all cases, students are expected to pursue by their own self-directed efforts the course content, activities, and assignments for which they are responsible during the period of absence.

Winter Storm Safety In Ohio

Winter storms can develop at any time in Northwest Ohio and Allen County. The Emergency Management Agency offers the following:

Safe Winter Driving Tips...

  • If you have a cellular phone available for your use, keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling in winter weather.
  • Keep a windshield scraper and small broom in your car for ice and snow removal.
  • Keep your vehicle's gas tank full for emergency use and to help increase your car's traction.
  • Plan long trips carefully, travel during daylight when possible, and let someone know your destination, route, and expected arrival time.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit for the trunk of each vehicle to include blankets, small shovel, pocket knife, jumper cables, tools, flashlight and batteries, bottles of water, first aid kit, small bag of sand, and a brightly colored cloth.

If You Become Stranded...

  • Stay with your vehicle
  • Call 9-1-1 on your cellular phone
  • Display a trouble sign
  • Run your engine 10 minutes per hour to stay warm, remember to crack open windows while car is running
  • Use newspapers and maps for added insulation
  • Drink fluids
  • Take turns sleeping

Additional Resources

The National Weather Service