SIU Edwardsville faces backlash after decision to hold classes

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois (NEWS3) – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is facing backlash after classes were held Wednesday despite dangerous wind chills across much of the Midwest.

SIU’s Edwardsville campus remained open as wind chills reached 30 below in southern Illinois.

What is happening in SIUE’s classrooms is so important to students’ future success, it is the goal of the University to remain open unless emergency conditions require otherwise. With no snow, no ice, plenty of sunshine and low winds, individuals can protect themselves with proper precautions against this winter weather. Individuals should dress warmly, make outdoor trips as brief as possible and drink plenty of water. Please encourage everyone to bundle up,” a message from Vice Chancellor for Administration Rich Walker read on SIU Edwardsville’s social media.

According to Doug McIlhagga, the Executive Director for University Marketing & Communications at SIU Edwardsville, “Saint Louis University, Washington University, Lindenwood University, Maryville University, Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis” remained open in the St. Louis metro area.