Chancellor Linda P. Brady explains the adverse weather policy:
With the winter season quickly approaching, it is important to take a moment to review the university’s plans for severe winter weather. UNCG is committed to maintaining the safety of the campus community, and has a variety of plans and policies to address concerns associated with adverse weather.
On occasion, severe winter weather may require classes to be canceled or the university to close. Early on such mornings, usually before 6 a.m., I will consult with the UNCG Police Department and Facilities Operations to review campus conditions and make a determination to either close or limit operations based on weather, forecasts and conditions at the university. These factors will be reviewed throughout the day, with particular consideration given to evening events and classes.
The Adverse Weather and Emergency Closings Policy contains the various university status options that may be used during adverse weather conditions. These options include:
- Classes Delayed/Campus Offices Open
- Classes Delayed/Campus Offices Delayed Opening
- Classes Canceled/Campus Offices Open
- University Closed
- University Evacuated
More information on these options can be found in the Adverse Weather and Emergency Closings Policy available at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section5/Adverse_Weather/
If the university remains open, but weather conditions make it difficult for employees to remain at – or travel to – work, we encourage you to make the decision that best fits with your personal safety concerns. Employees have the option to request the use of accumulated leave time or time without pay to remain at home or to leave work early. Please remember that all requests are subject to supervisor approval. It should be noted that the following groups are considered essential: University Police, Physical Plant employees, Residence Life employees and Dining Services employees. These employees must report to work even if the university is closed. In addition, depending on the type of and severity of the emergency event, other groups of employees may be designated as essential and required to report to work. Your supervisor should help with that determination if there is any doubt. I also encourage all supervisors to discuss with your staff now plans for how to communicate with and how to staff your offices during winter weather events.
The following notification systems will be used to relay up-to-date information should the university decide to close or to delay opening: the university’s adverse weather line at 336-334-4400, the main university phone line at 336-334-5000, and UNCG’s homepage (www.uncg.edu). Local TV stations will be notified and the university’s Facebook (facebook.uncg.edu) and Twitter (twitter.uncg.edu) pages will be updated as decisions are made.
If the university opens while a class is scheduled to be in session, students and faculty should go to the next scheduled class.
We hope for another quiet winter this year. However, history has shown that it is important to be prepared for winter weather. Please take a moment now to ensure you and your family are prepared for adverse weather, as well as any emergency that may occur. For more information on winter weather preparedness at home and work, contact the Office of Emergency Management (BeReady@uncg.edu) or visit its website at http://emg.uncg.edu.
Linda P. Brady