WPI Alert, WPI’s Emergency Notification system, sends emergency messages to your mobile or fixed device of choice so you get emergency messages quickly wherever you are.

A decision to close or delay the opening of the university will be made by the Provost, the Executive Vice President, the Executive Director, Talent Strategy and Engagement for Human Resources, and the Vice President of Student Affairs by 4:00 AM on the day classes are impacted.  Delayed openings will coincide with the start of a class period, e.g. 10 AM. When the university opens as usual in the morning, but it becomes necessary to close at a later point (whether during the day or for evening classes or programs), a decision will be made by the Provost, the Executive Vice President, the Executive Director, Talent Strategy and Engagement for Human Resources, and the Vice President of Student Affairs as soon as conditions warrant. For daytime classes, any mid-day cancellation will coincide with the start of a class period, e.g. 11 AM.   For evening classes, a decision to close will be made by 3:00 PM.

Communication at the time of the decision and as conditions progress will be handled as follows, and as circumstances allow:

  • An email will be sent to the WPI Community.
  • Radio and television stations will be notified (see list below).
  • The WPI homepage will be updated.
  • The WPI closing/delay line will be activated at (508) 831-5744.
  • The official WPI Facebook page and Twitter account (@WPI) will provide updates.

TV and Radio Stations

When there is a closure or delayed opening, WPI will notify the following broadcast stations: