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Adverse Weather and Emergency Closings

During adverse weather/emergency closures, suspension of non-mandatory operations for those instances which are not truly emergency but reflect conditions on campus that compromise safety are explained below. Questions regarding the policies should be directed to Camilla Norris via norrisca@wssu.edu.

Communications

When any of the conditions below are applied the communications methods that follow will be utilized to communicate to the campus.

• RamALERT (e-mail & text), WSSU website and the WSSU weather phone
   line are the most reliable sources for information regarding adverse
   weather for WSSU. Most of the television stations and their websites
   do not allow detail for adverse weather conditions.

• Employees who do NOT receive RamALERT text messages MUST use
   one of the following resources for details regarding the WSSU adverse
   weather plan:

· Your WSSU email
· www.wssu.edu
· WSSU weather phone line 336-750-3456

• If no condition is communicated, then all business operations will follow the
   normal schedule. Adverse weather leave cannot be used.

Adverse Weather/Emergency Closing Plans

Adverse weather may create difficulty for employees to report to work or make it advisable for employees to leave the workstation early.  Employees who anticipate problems with transportation are encouraged to exercise personal judgment concerning road safety in their areas, and notify their supervisor if they are unable to report. Non-mandatory employees in leave generating positions who do not work a full schedule must use vacation, bonus, compensatory or leave without pay.

Where operational needs allow, and a supervisor approves, an employee may be allowed to make up the time lost to adverse weather in accordance with the provisions outlined in the state adverse weather policy and UNC system policy.

The suspension of non-mandatory operations is required because of adverse weather conditions. The decision to suspend non-mandatory operations is based on the impact of the adverse weather event on campus, the need for uninterrupted clearance operations and the duration of the adverse weather event. Non-mandatory employees DO NOT report to work.  Non-mandatory employees in leave generating positions MUST use vacation, bonus, compensatory or adverse weather leave/adverse weather dock.  Teleworking policy cannot be applied at an employee’s discretion during suspension of non-mandatory operations.

Where operational needs allow, and a supervisor approves, an employee may be allowed to make up the time lost to adverse weather in accordance with the provisions outlined in the state adverse weather policy and UNC system policy.

Conditions that necessitate the total closing of the university or the curtailment of operations. These include conditions that may be hazardous to life such as:  catastrophic life threatening weather (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood or other natural disaster), fire equipment failure, disruption of power and/or water, contamination by hazardous agents, terrorist acts or forced evacuations from the agency or work site. During an Emergency Closing of the entire campus, non-mandatory personnel are not required to report to work. Personnel designated as mandatory staff, will be required to report to work.

Condition 3 status can only be requested by the Chancellor within 48-hours after the impact has occurred, to be applied retroactively by the UNC President.

"Faculty/Staff on pre-approved leave during a Condition 1. 2. or 3 must apply that leave time for that day/time. Faculty/Staff scheduled to work outside of the impacted area of campus during a Condition 1. 2. or 3 must code their time as regular hours worked."


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