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Information on adverse weather procedure and emergency response for faculty, staff and students followed by each IU School of Medicine campus.
updated adverse weather alert - January 12, 2024

Indiana University Northwest has gone to essential personnel. IU School of Medicine–Northwest-Gary has already pivoted phase 1 to remote for both campuses. The Northwest-Gary campus has now pulled clinical students.

IU South Bend is likely to close early (possibly by 3 pm) so we will release students early.

In the event of adverse weather, please review the adverse weather procedure on this page and follow the alerts from Medical Student Education and your respective campus leaders.

Adverse Weather Procedure

Phase 1 MD Students

  • Students should follow instructions provided by their home campus.  
  • Students will hear from their respective Campus Deans and Course Directors for further instructions 
  • During adverse weather, students should never report for FCP clinical activities if they do not feel safe doing so. Please contact your preceptor to reschedule your visit and let your Site Leader and campus course coordinator know the new date.  
  • Students should also review the helpful winter weather information below.

Phase 1 Exam Day Protocol

If adverse weather falls on an exam day, information about altered exam plans will be posted to the respective course Canvas site. 

Phase 2 and 3 MD Students

  • Please note that students should never report for in-person clerkship-related activities, including clinical duties, if they do not feel safe doing so. 
  • If a campus remains open and students decide they cannot get to campus, students should fill in the time away request form and contact the statewide clerkship coordinator and regional campus clerkship coordinator (if applicable) to inform them if you cannot attend scheduled clerkship activities. 
  • Time away requests are not needed if a campus is closed. 
  • Clerkship teams should inform preceptors of the status of clerkship clinical/in-person activities. 
  • Students on a regional campus should follow additional instructions provided by that campus. 
  • Students should also review the helpful winter weather information below. 

Information for each IU School of Medicine campus:

Bloomington: IU Emergency Procedures
Evansville: IU School of Medicine-Evansville Emergency Procedures
Fort Wayne: PFW Emergency Procedures
Indianapolis: IUPUI Emergency Procedures
Muncie: Ball State Emergency Procedures
Northwest-Gary: IU Northwest Emergency Procedures
South Bend: IU School of Medicine-South Bend Emergency Procedures
Terre Haute: Indiana State Emergency Procedures
West Lafayette: Purdue Emergency Procedures

Residents and Fellows

Residents and fellows should follow procedures set forth by their program directors.


When the campus remains open during adverse weather, employees are expected to use their best judgment if adverse weather creates extreme travel hazards for commuting to and from the workplace. Employees should not endanger themselves or ignore the statements of local law-enforcement officials about traveling during adverse weather. Staff should make every effort to notify their supervisor if they cannot get to work, and advance notice requirements for use of time off will be waived. Please see the Indiana University Adverse Weather Policy

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Adverse weather and emergency notices are posted by IU Emergency Management and Continuity.

Emergency Notices