In this issue I discuss how we make decisions about weather-related University closures.
Safety critical in making decision to close campus
As we near the end of winter, I wanted to discuss our philosophy for making decisions on weather-related University closures.
The safety of our students, faculty and staff are critically important. It is also important that the University, as a public institution, remains fully staffed and open to the public.
Students and their parents commit significant time and resources to their education, so it is also important that we keep classes running on schedule.
We keep all of these factors in mind as we make decisions about canceling classes and closing the University due to inclement weather.
We had to make some of these decisions during the week of Feb. 16-20. As you may recall, the University was closed for President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 16. Due to snow, the roads were unsafe that day, but the roads were safe on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Thousands of students traveled hundreds of miles to be home for the long weekend, so we canceled classes on Tuesday to discourage students from traveling in unsafe conditions on Monday.
Far fewer staff members traveled out of town for the weekend, so we decided not to close the University on Tuesday. If a particular staff member was out of town for the weekend or felt unsafe traveling to work, we encouraged them to contact their supervisor about taking leave.
We encountered more snow on the night of Tuesday, Feb. 17. Travel was unsafe the following morning, so we closed the University and canceled classes for Wednesday.
If you would like more information about the process we use to make these decisions, I would encourage you to review the University’s School Cancellation Policies and Procedures and section 2.15 of the Employee Handbook.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!