Campus Advisory Status

Campus Advisory Status:

Revised Inclement Weather Protocols

Effective January 29, 2021

On most days with inclement weather, the college will continue online instruction and remote college services (online, phone, or email). If weather conditions warrant, classes that are scheduled for in-person instruction may be canceled. In the event of widespread power or internet failures, the college may cancel all instruction and suspend all college services.

Other Information

The college makes every effort to arrive at a decision to delay openings, close early, or close completely at the earliest possible time to ensure the safety of the college community.

  • For delays or closings, notifications will generally be made by 5:30 a.m.
  • For a delayed opening, any updates will be provided at least one hour prior to the original planned opening time.
  • For early closing, every effort will be made to announce the decision at least two hours before the early closing time.
  • In the event of a delayed opening, access to the campus and buildings will be allowed 30 minutes prior to the announced start of instruction.

FAQs about Weather Closings and Delayed Openings

Ordinarily, the President makes the decision based on recommendations from the Vice President for Operations and Planning; the Public Safety and Preparedness Department; the Facilities Management Department; and other sources.

There is no fixed time by which a decision to close or delay opening is made. While many people like to complain or joke about weather forecasting, the truth is that it remains an inexact science and weather conditions can change both quickly and significantly. Because forecasts can be wrong, it is not possible to commit to making a decision by a specific time. However, we do recognize that people are anxious for a decision to be made and do consider media and commuting schedules in making decisions. While we attempt to make decisions for all-day closings and delayed openings by 5:30 a.m., you should always consider the possibility that the decision may come after that time.

The decision to close or to delay opening is made after seeking input from numerous college, government and other sources about the ability to maintain campus accessibility, road conditions in Southern Maryland, actions taken by area public school districts, local weather conditions, and weather forecasts for the coming hours.

  • CSM.TXT - CSM.TXT is CSM's alert service provided through e2Campus™. This service will send you instant alerts and time-sensitive messages, including up-to-date information on emergencies and campus closings. Messages can be sent via text message to your cell phone or via email. Registration is free. All text messaging fees will apply. Get more information and register for CSM.TXT.
  • CSM Website - The college website displays emergency conditions at several locations including the main website at and
  • Employee Everyone email and/or myLearning shells - For employees, an "Everyone email" is distributed shortly after a decision is made.
  • Social Media – Follow the College of Southern Maryland on Facebook, Twitter (CSMHawks and CSMHeadlines) and Instagram
  • Media Outlets - The college also notifies these media outlets of closings and delayed openings:

WMAL 630 AM  
WSMD 98.3 Star FM
WKIK 102.9 FM
WTOP 103.5 FM
WGMS 104.1 FM
WAVA 105.1 FM
WRQX 107.3 FM

   WRC Channel 4
   WJLA Channel 7
   WUSA Channel 9
   WTTG Fox Channel 5
   News Channel 8


Announcements made that the college is closed include all campuses.

School districts must consider factors that do not affect the college. They have bus fleets that must be mobilized hours in advance to be able to pick up and drop off children. In addition, they need to make announcements early enough so that parents or guardians may be in a position to be home or to pick up their children. For these reasons and others, the college does not necessarily follow the decisions made by local school districts, although we do consider their decisions.

If the college is not open when a class period begins, the whole class period is canceled, even if the college opens during the middle of the class period.

Communications will not be initiated if a decision is made to remain open. You should assume that the college is open unless it is previously scheduled to be closed (for example, winter break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or an announcement of a closing or delayed opening is made.

If a college campus is closed, it is closed for all activities, whether sponsored by the college or by other entities. If an event by another entity is cancelled due to a college closing, you should contact the other entity to determine whether an alternate date will be scheduled or refunds will be offered.

Students, faculty, and staff should put safety first when determining whether they should travel to campus in poor weather. Instructors and employee supervisors are encouraged to accommodate those who cannot make it to campus or who need to leave early due to travel difficulties. Employees, including faculty, will be expected to contact their supervisors or department chairs and to take leave time if they are unable to work during scheduled hours in which the college is open. Part-time faculty who are unable to teach due to weather conditions when the college is open may have their compensation reduced, consistent with college policy.

The dedicated personnel of the Department of Physical Plant, sometimes aided by outside contractors, are responsible for snow and ice treatment. If you notice an area that is in particular need of treatment, you are encouraged to contact that department at 301-934-7734.

Contact Public Safety

La Plata Campus
On campus, ext. 7888

Leonardtown Campus
On Campus, ext. 5333

Prince Frederick Campus
On Campus, ext. 6033

Regional Hughesville Campus
On Campus X4898

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