Severe Weather

Severe weather policies have been established in order to better prepare the Capital University Department of Athletics staff, student-athletes, game officials and spectators for the appropriate safety procedures involved with severe weather and lightning. These policies have been established primarily to ensure the safety of participants at outdoor practices and competition. Portions of this policy have been developed based on recommendations from the National Lightning Safety Institute and the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook. The Severe Weather and Lightning Safety Policy will be monitored and enforced by the Athletic Training Staff and Athletic Administration.


If a severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Warning is issued for the Columbus area (or in the absence of a warning – the severe weather siren is activated), all activity (practice and/or competition) will be stopped immediately and all participants, game officials, athletics staff and spectators will be relocated according to the procedures outlined for each venue or to the nearest safest location.


For Capital University’s full weather policies please review the Severe Weather Operations Policy for the Bexley Campus and the Tornado Policy.