Inclement Weather Policy

Policy Statement

This policy describes the broad response of the college to inclement weather or the imminent expectation of inclement weather, and affirms the discretion of college community members in responding to the same.

Rationale

SUNY Oneonta is a public trust committed to fulfilling its obligations faithfully. The
 campus 
will 
operate 
as
 scheduled. Classes will be held. Offices will be open. Services will be performed.

However, the college recognizes that during inclement weather, members of the college community may decide not to attempt to come to campus. This decision rests with each member of the college community individually.

Applicability of the Policy

This policy applies to members of the college community.

Policy Elaboration

During or in anticipation of inclement weather, the 
president
 or president’s designee may decide 
to 
cancel 
classes 
or 
curtail 
services. When such a decision is made, the college will share such information according to the SUNY Oneonta Urgent Message Policy and via local media as quickly as possible.

The uniqueness of college operations makes it possible that the college will remain open on days when area public schools are closed. Students residing on
 campus depend on dining services, the heating plant and University Police Department. During inclement weather the college will continue to provide
 these essential services.

Commuting students will be permitted to make up without penalty any academic work missed as the result of their absence due to inclement weather.

During inclement weather, the Office of Continuing Education has the responsibility to cancel campus extension classes at affected sites and to notify affected campus community members of such cancellation.

Employees who report to work during inclement weather may be given alternate work assignments, not necessarily at their normal workstations. Provisions will be made for alternate campus work assignment and locations for those who cannot get to their regular work sites and/or when the completion of their regular work assignment is not possible because of inclement weather or circumstances resulting therefrom.

State regulations direct that unless the campus is officially closed by order of the governor, an employee’s weather-related absence must be charged to an appropriate leave accrual.

Regardless of any action the college takes or does not take, individuals who believe their safety is in jeopardy may choose not to travel to campus.

Forms

There is no form related to this policy.

Related Documents/Policies

Urgent Communication Policy

SUNY Oneonta Emergency Response Plan

Contacts

Questions related to the daily operational interpretation of this policy should be directed to:

executive director of communications
607-436-2748

Effective Dates

Adopted by President October 4, 1988

Revised July 1998, March 1999, October 2008, March 2015