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Annual weather leave policy reviewed for employees

With the snow season around the corner, staff is re- minded that unless weather conditions are so se- vere that the University issues special instructions, all employees are expected to report to work as scheduled.

State facilities may close only by order of the governor; however, university presidents are authorized to cancel classes and recommend that only essential employees report to work in some situations.

In the event of severe conditions, the University will make announcements on local radio stations about snow closures, cancellations and weather conditions. Announcements can be accessed by calling voice mailboxes or 777-7669 (SNOW), or visiting /home/updates/snowline.html Staff should monitor announcements for updates as weather conditions change.

The state expects that all staff will make every effort to arrive at work in a timely fashion. However, there may be occasions when road conditions create an undue hazard. In these cases, supervisors, managers and department heads are authorized to excuse a reasonable amount of tardiness (that is, to treat it as an approved absence charged to leave credits) and not to assess penalties.

Full-day absences resulting from hazardous weather conditions may not be excused but need to be charged to appropriate leave credits if the department is satisfied that it was not possible for the employee to report to work. Requests to charge such absences to sick leave may be subject to medical documentation. If weather conditions arise during the course of the workday, staff may request permission to leave early and charge appropriate accruals. Supervisors and managers will make every effort to approve such requests within operational need.

However, if severe and extraordinary weather conditions arise during the workday and the University is closed by order of the governor, directed early departures are not charged to leave accruals.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08