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Hope College Delays Start of Semester Due to Weather


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - It takes a lot to have Hope College call off classes due to the weather, and this storm apparently is a lot.

The combination of heavy snowfall, strong winds and dangerous wind chill levels compelled school officials to close the Holland-based institution through Thursday, delaying the start of the winter semester. It’s unusual for Hope to take such an action due to the large ratio of students that live on or near campus, but Provost Richard Ray made the call, saying that the safety of students returning to the Tulip City from Christmas break was paramount. Essential employees are still expected on the job at Hope on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Grand Valley State is following suit in terms of cancelling classes on Tuesday for a second straight day, as has Western Theological Seminary.