Classes are canceled or delayed by the college only under extreme circumstances, such as severely inclement weather or other emergency situations. In such cases:

  • Notices will be posted by 5:30 a.m. for day classes and by 2:30 p.m. for evening classes on the 24-hour weather emergency hotline, (914) 251-7500, and on the faculty/staff portal.
  • If classes are canceled after the beginning of the instructional day, the announcement will be communicated to conservatory/school Directors via campus email.
  • Purchase College Alert, which has replaced the NY-Alert system, allows the college to send the entire community emergency notifications via phone, text, and email. Text messages will be included for campus-wide, weather-related delays and cancellations. Text will come from telephone number 780-15 and voicemails will originate from (914) 251-6000. Emails will be sent from one of the following addresses:


    To update your contact information for college alerts only,  please visit My Heliotrope on the Purchase College website, accessible under Quick Links on the faculty/staff portal. 

  • The Chief of University Police will also make arrangements for any campus-wide cancellation of classes and/or delayed opening to be announced on the following designated cable channel and radio stations:
    News 12 Westchester
    WCBS 880 AM (New York City)
    WFAS 1230 AM (White Plains)
    WHUD 100.7 (Peekskill)

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