• Inclement Weather Delays and Closures


  • During planned and unplanned campus closures, Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will only provide limited services, depending on the type and severity of the situation. Students, employees, vendors and visitors should read the following to make sure you understand what will happen in the event of a delay or closure.

    In general, the Gresham Campus is open seven days a week, with limited services on Saturdays and Sundays. Maywood Park and The Bruning Center for Allied Health Education are also open weekdays with limited hours and services on weekends.

    Emergency Closures

    Emergency closures occur due to inclement weather, electrical outages and other unforeseen events that have the potential to create an unsafe work or school environment. During these temporary closures, all gates of the Gresham Campus are locked and, with the exception of essential emergency personnel who are designated by their supervisors, college staff will not report to work.

    Every effort will be made to announce inclement weather closures or late openings by 5 a.m. If a closure occurs during normal business hours, a decision will be made by 4 p.m. that day.

    In the event of a total college closure:

    • All classes, events, games, etc., are canceled for the entire day and/or evening at the Gresham Campus, Maywood and Bruning centers, East Multnomah County Head Start and all other MHCC locations.
    • Athletic events or field trips that are scheduled at a location other than a MHCC facility will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if conditions require a cancellation. Decisions for such events will be made by the area dean, the faculty member associated with the event and the appropriate college leadership personnel.
    • Important Note: Courses (online or otherwise) using Blackboard still occur during inclement weather closures or delays. If you are taking a course that utilizes Blackboard, please login and continue your coursework.

    Important Note: Emergency closures are made with regard to conditions on or near the Gresham Campus and do not necessarily reflect conditions or roads in the region, county or state. Generally, the college will be closed for inclement weather when the Gresham area local school districts are closed. Student, faculty and staff safety is our number one priority. If you feel unsafe coming to campus because of weather conditions, then you should not come. If you need to leave early due to a potential weather event or cannot safely make it in, please contact your instructor or supervisor.

    Late Opening

    Sometimes the college will delay opening for a few hours in lieu of a full closure. In this instance, the college gates will remain locked until the noted time to allow emergency crews to operate. Except for designated essential emergency crews, students and college personnel will report to classes or work at the noted time. A class or event that begins prior to the announced opening time will be considered canceled, regardless of the time it is scheduled to end.

    As with full closures, information on delayed opening will be available via the RAVE campus alert system for students, faculty and staff, as well as on the college's website (mhcc.edu), social media feeds and through local radio and television stations. Athletic events and field trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if conditions require a cancellation. Decisions for such events will be made by the area dean, the faculty member associated with the event and the appropriate college leadership personnel.

    Holiday Closures

    Holiday closures are considered non-service days and are specified in employee agreements. With the exception of Public Safety and designated employees, offices are closed and classes are not scheduled. Employees required/requested by management to work during paid holidays will receive compensation according to their employee group's agreement.

    Extended Holiday Closure

    The college is traditionally closed the day after Thanksgiving and between Christmas and New Years Day. With the exception of Public Safety, all offices are closed and classes are not scheduled. Access to the Gresham Campus is limited. Generally, management must notify classified employees no later than Nov. 1 if they will be required to work during the break. All employees required to work will be paid according to the employee groups' agreements. Activities of all kinds, including performing arts performances/practices, instructional activities and events, student group activities, etc. are not to be scheduled without prior dean and/or vice president approval. Employees that choose to come into offices during the extended holiday closure are required to check in with Public Safety upon their arrival to and departure from the campus.