UNIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENT
It is the policy of Eastern Michigan University that the President or his/her designee, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and the Physical Plant, has the authority to temporarily modify class and/or work schedules in the event of extreme weather conditions including but not limited to snow, freezing rain, floods, and hazardous winds. This decision may include the temporary cancellation of all or part of scheduled academic programs and closure of the University.
University practices for implementing this policy include:
- It is the University's practice to evaluate extreme weather conditions in the context of its responsibility to provide the educational services purchased by students, particularly those who live on or immediately adjacent to campus.
- The Department of Public Safety and the Physical Plant will advise the President or his/her designee of regional weather conditions and advisories affecting vehicle and pedestrian mobility. In addition to campus roads, walkways, and parking lots, regional streets and highways and local weather reports will be monitored in working with Washtenaw County and State Police agencies.
EXTREME WEATHER POLICY
In the event the President or his/her designee elect to modify class or work schedules, the Division of Communications will be immediately notified. The Division of Communications will:
- Send an emergency text message to those who have registered for emergency alert updates.
- Send an all-University e-mail message to EMU students and employees.
- Send notice via EMU's official main social media channels.
- Notify WEMU (89.1) and other local media.
- Post on the EMU home page (www.emich.edu).
- Post on digital campus signs.
The cancellation of programs at off-site locations, athletic events and special events will be made on a case-specific basis and will be announced on the EMU home page and campus closures page.
In the event that class/work schedules are not officially cancelled due to poor weather conditions, but an employee is unable or elects, because of personal safety concerns, not to report to work: the employee must notify his/her immediate supervisor as soon as possible of their intended late arrival or absence.
In the event that class/work schedules are officially cancelled due to poor weather conditions: employees who are not required to report for work and/or who have reported for work and are later sent home, shall be paid in accordance with the terms and conditions of their respective collective bargaining agreement. Non-bargained for employees will be paid in accordance with the department of Human Resources' policy regarding closure of the University.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION
The President of the University or his/her designee has the overall responsibility for implementation of this policy. The management of the policy is with the Vice President for Communications.
SCOPE OF POLICY COVERAGE
This policy applies to all University employees and students.
Authority for Creation or Revision:
Minutes of the Board of Regents: December 6, 1994, para. .4927M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents: June 17, 2003, para. .6132M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents: October 1, 2013