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Last Revised: 18 January 2017
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This policy applies to faculty, teachers, staff, students, and guests in all offices and divisions of Gallaudet University.
Because of its large residential component, the University is unable to cancel operations totally during inclement weather. Decisions regarding closings or adjusted schedules are made by the President or his/her designee* and are announced on the University's Alert System, web site, and inclement weather hot-lines and on local radio and television stations. It is the employee's responsibility to obtain information regarding inclement weather plans from a reliable source.
During periods of inclement weather, one of the following plans is normally implemented:
Employees who are designated as essential personnel, including, but not limited to, public safety personnel, grounds personnel, maintenance and utilities personnel, health care personnel, Post Office personnel, residence personnel, and payroll personnel when necessary to meet payroll schedules, are expected to report to work on time or to remain at work during inclement weather. Unless specifically covered by collective bargaining agreements, essential personnel receive compensatory time off for hours worked when the University is officially closed. An equal amount of compensatory time is awarded to essential personnel who work an alternative work schedule. Non-exempt employees required to work over 40 hours per week receive overtime in accordance with University policy or collective bargaining agreements. Official University closings are not considered holidays.
In the event the University is officially closed, or a delayed opening or early departure is announced, teachers and University faculty are expected to make up days, classes, or classwork as appropriate. Clerc Center teachers have three make up days built into their school calendar. Teachers will have to make up any additional days beyond the three days. Non-essential regular and extended temporary staff employees are granted leave with pay for all hours normally scheduled to be worked. Staff employees who do not report to work on time when a delayed opening is announced must use appropriate paid or unpaid leave for time missed after the opening. All staff personnel who are on pre-approved leave with pay during an authorized closing will not be charged leave for that day or for the portion of the day the University is closed or delayed.
Note: Because conditions of the campus and surrounding area are monitored by personnel within the division of Administration and Finance, in the absence of the President, decisions regarding closings or adjusted work schedules are made by the Vice President for Administration and Finance. In the absence of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the decision is made by the Provost.
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