New Kensington

Students can get information on campus delays, emergencies via PSUAlert

Subscribing to free service provides timely information

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. — With temperatures dropping and the chances for snow rising, students can get official word of Penn State New Kensington's closing or class delays via text messages, and the information is also posted on the campus' website.

In the event of snow, severe storms or other emergencies, cellphone users who subscribe to PSUAlert, Penn State's text message alert system, will receive a text message when incidents occur that may impact the campus community. Subscription to PSUAlert is free, although individual cellphone carriers may charge for text messaging. To subscribe to PSUAlert, visit and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page under the PSUAlert heading.

Weather and emergency information is also available under the "Announcements" section on the campus homepage. When there is breaking news, an alert icon will appear in the headlines box along with general information on the nature of the emergency. Clicking on the icon provides detailed information.

The decision to cancel or delay classes will be made as early as possible, usually by 6 a.m. for day classes and 4 p.m. for evening classes. If a two-hour delay is announced, classes will start at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes will last 45 minutes; Tuesday and Thursday classes will last an hour and five minutes. After a decision on the status of the campus is made, a text message is automatically sent to members.

Information is available on television stations (KDKA-TV channel 2, WTAE-TV channel 4 and WPXI-TV channel 11). In addition to these multiple formats, cancellation and delay information for students and faculty/staff can also be accessed by phone on a pre-recorded message: students, 724-334-6006; and faculty/staff, 724-334-6005.

For the delayed class schedule, visit

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Sign up for PSUAlert and receive information on campus closings and delays on your mobile devices. Credit: Bill Woodard / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated November 11, 2015