3.7.4 Extreme Weather Policy

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Effective Date:

12-1-78

Revision Date:

4-23-19

University Policy Statement

It is the policy of Eastern Michigan University that the President or the President’s designee has the authority to temporarily modify class and/or work schedules in the event of extreme weather conditions including but not limited to snow, ice, 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 Practice

University practices for implementing this policy include:

  1. It is the University's practice to evaluate extreme weather conditions in the context of its responsibility to provide educational services to students without compromising students’ safety or the safety of University faculty and staff.
  2. Although the decision to modify class and/or work schedules rests within the President’s discretion, in making such a decision the President or the President’s designee may seek counsel from other departments, including but not limited to, the Department of Public Safety, the Physical Plant, or others, to gather information regarding regional weather conditions and advisories affecting vehicle and pedestrian mobility. Roads, walkways, parking lots, regional streets and highways, local weather reports, and other relevant resources will be monitored, and the University will work with law enforcement agencies to obtain reliable information as it becomes available.

Extreme Weather Policy

In the event the President or the President’s designee elects to modify class or work schedules, the Division of Communications will be immediately notified.

The Division of Communications will then notify the campus community of the decision.

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 via the University’s various communication channels.

In the event that class/work schedules are cancelled due to poor weather conditions, employees who are members of a bargaining unit and 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 agreements. Non-bargained-for employees will be paid in accordance with University Human Resources' policy regarding closure of the University.

Responsibility for Implementation

The President of the University or the President’s designee has the overall responsibility for implementation of this policy. The policy shall be managed by the Vice President for Communications.

Scope of Policy Coverage

This policy applies to all University employees and students.

Authority for Creation and Revision


Minutes of the Board of Regents, December 1, 1978
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
Minutes of the Board of Regents, April 23, 2019


Last Review Date: April 2019


University Policy Statement

It is the policy of Eastern Michigan University that the President or the President’s designee has the authority to temporarily modify class and/or work schedules in the event of extreme weather conditions including but not limited to snow, ice, 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 Practice

University practices for implementing this policy include:

  1. It is the University's practice to evaluate extreme weather conditions in the context of its responsibility to provide educational services to students without compromising students’ safety or the safety of University faculty and staff.
  2. Although the decision to modify class and/or work schedules rests within the President’s discretion, in making such a decision the President or the President’s designee may seek counsel from other departments, including but not limited to, the Department of Public Safety, the Physical Plant, or others, to gather information regarding regional weather conditions and advisories affecting vehicle and pedestrian mobility. Roads, walkways, parking lots, regional streets and highways, local weather reports, and other relevant resources will be monitored, and the University will work with law enforcement agencies to obtain reliable information as it becomes available.

Extreme Weather Policy

In the event the President or the President’s designee elects to modify class or work schedules, the Division of Communications will be immediately notified.

The Division of Communications will then notify the campus community of the decision.

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 via the University’s various communication channels.

In the event that class/work schedules are cancelled due to poor weather conditions, employees who are members of a bargaining unit and 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 agreements. Non-bargained-for employees will be paid in accordance with University Human Resources' policy regarding closure of the University.

Responsibility for Implementation

The President of the University or the President’s designee has the overall responsibility for implementation of this policy. The policy shall be managed by the Vice President for Communications.

Scope of Policy Coverage

This policy applies to all University employees and students.