POLICY TITLE: Policy on Temporary Emergency Closing of Carnegie Mellon University
DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was issued on October 24, 1994.
ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Office of the President. Questions on policy content should be directed to the president, ext. 8-2200.
ABSTRACT: Only the president (or the president's designated representative) has the authority to close the university and to specify those persons free to leave or refrain from coming to campus.
Carnegie Mellon University has an important commitment to students, parents, sponsors, benefactors and the community. Accordingly, the university will make every attempt to operate normally during severe weather or other emergencies. This includes holding classes, conducting research programs, and operating facilities and services. The university will attempt to operate normally unless such operation represents a clear danger to students, staff or faculty.
There may be occasions when the university community is served best by suspending normal operations. In that event, only the president (or the president's designated representative) has the authority to close the university and to specify those persons or group of persons who are free to leave or refrain from coming to campus. Staff members who provide primary services, including certain members of Physical Plant, Dining Services and Security, may be asked to work.
Unless the president announces that the university is closed, everyone is expected to be at work as usual. When the university is in session, faculty members are expected to meet their scheduled classes and other obligations. If a faculty member is unable to meet a scheduled class, he or she should notify the department office and arrange either for a qualified substitute or for a future make-up session.
If the university is open but a staff member is unable to come to work because of severe weather or other emergency, he or she should notify the supervisor as soon as possible. Staff members will be expected to make up lost time or use Paid Time Off (PTO), consistent with regular operating protocols.
As soon as the president or his/her designee determines that the university must be closed, University Relations will alert local radio and television stations. Also, announcements of closings will be posted on the Carnegie Mellon electronic bboard official.cmu-news.
Questions concerning this policy or its intent should be directed to the Office of the President, extension 82200.