• Inclement Weather Delays and Closures


  • MHCC is operating remotely for the foreseeable future. If inclement weather is forecasted, one of the following scenarios will occur:

    • Campus will close and all activities scheduled to occur in-person that day will be cancelled. Otherwise, students, faculty and staff will be asked to work and learn remotely on a normal schedule. Those who usually report to work or class on campus should work with their supervisor or instructor in advance to make an alternate inclement weather plan. (This will be the most likely scenario during an inclement weather event.)

    OR

    • Campus will close and all college-related operations and functions will cease for the day, remote and in-person alike. (This course of action will be reserved for extreme weather events that present significant health or safety concerns or impact our ability to work, learn and teach remotely.)

    What to Expect During an Inclement Weather Event

    A team will make a determination on the college’s operational status and it will be communicated using:

    • The RAVE campus alert system
    • The college’s website
    • The college’s social media channels
    • On local TV and radio stations
    • At 503-491-6422 via a recorded message

    Students, faculty and staff are asked to make sure their contact information within RAVE is accurate. If the college has outdated contact information for you in RAVE, it is likely that you will miss important updates during inclement weather events entirely. RAVE contact information can be confirmed by logging into the MyMHCC portal and clicking the “RAVE Emergency Alert System” link in the left navigation bar.

    A Note to Our Students

    We understand that many of our students face challenges associated with remote learning and some travel long distances to access better internet connectivity. In times of inclement weather when this may be unsafe, students should know that we will practice patience and flexibility when it comes to attendance policies and assignments that are due. No student should have to drive or take public transit on hazardous roads to submit an assignment or make a Zoom call, so please be sure to communicate with your instructors if you are facing any sort of challenges when winter weather arrives.

    Student FAQ

    What is inclement weather?

    Inclement weather is bad weather that may cause unsafe conditions on campus and in the community for traffic or pedestrian travel.

    How do I find out about inclement weather closures/cancellations?

    There are several ways to find out if your in-person or hybrid class has been cancelled due to inclement weather:

    • The RAVE campus alert system
    • The college’s website (mhcc.edu)
    • The college’s social media channels
    • On local TV and radio stations
    • At 503-491-6422 via a recorded message

    To sign up for RAVE alerts, log into the MyMHCC portal and click on “RAVE Emergency Alert System” in the left menu.

    Are online classes cancelled if there is inclement weather?

    No. Online classes will be held on a normal schedule.

    If I attend class in-person on campus, is it possible for my instructor to hold class online when there is inclement weather?

    If in-person activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, MyMHCC and Blackboard will still be available. Check your college email, MyMHCC and/or Blackboard for updates from your instructor(s) about how the unexpected closure will impact your in-person or hybrid class(es) as soon as you are safely able to do so.

    Are hybrid courses cancelled?

    If the closure occurs during the on-campus portion of a class, students should NOT come to campus. Students in hybrid courses should log into Blackboard and check their email for coursework and messages from your instructor.

    I have to travel to another location in order to access WiFi that is strong enough to attend my online classes and do coursework. What if I don’t feel safe traveling due to inclement weather?

    The safety of our students, faculty and staff safety is our No. 1 priority, and no one should have to drive or take public transit on hazardous roads to submit an assignment or make a Zoom call. In times of inclement weather when this may be unsafe, students should know that we will practice patience and flexibility when it comes to attendance policies and assignments that are due. Please be sure to communicate with your instructors if you are facing any sort of challenges when winter weather arrives.

    Who should I contact if in-person activities are being held on campus, but I can’t make it to my class?

    If the college is holding in-person activities during inclement weather and you are unable to make it to class or work, contact your instructor or supervisor. You can find your instructor’s contact information on your class syllabus.

    If I have an in-person exam or final due, should I come to campus?

    No. Depending on the length of the closure, instructors may choose to extend due dates or remote the proctor requirement. Look for communication from your instructor and notify them right away if this causes a hardship in your schedule.

    If there is a delay or closure and my class is not online or at the Gresham campus, but is at a clinical site (Maywood Park, Bruning Center, in the field) – do I attend?

    Maywood Park and the Bruning Center are closed when the main campus is closed. For clinical sites: If the college is closed, please look for communications from your instructors, who will receive direction and communication from your program’s dean. The safety of students, faculty and staff is our No. 1 priority.

    If the college closes early, but my in-person class is currently in session, do I have to stay?

    No. The college is closed and your in-person class has been cancelled.