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November 30, 2001

Snow? Here's what you should know

Here's the scoop on university procedures in the event of severe winter weather.

Cancellations, closings. Check the ISU Web site for complete information on class cancellations or university office closings. This information is distributed to the Associated Press and central Iowa, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo media. Even if classes are cancelled, university offices may remain open. (Sometimes, media have announced that "Iowa State University is closed" when only classes have been cancelled.)

If you can't report to work. Employees who can't report to work due to bad weather should promptly notify their supervisors. Employees can ask to make up compensatory time within the work period, take vacation pay or take leave without pay.

When offices are closed. Some staff members whose jobs are vital to the university's daily operations may be required to work. Those areas include food service, security, power plant, animal care or snow removal. Other faculty and staff can choose to:
  • Use compensatory time, vacation or leave without pay to make up work time.
  • Make up the lost time within the same work week.
  • Work regularly scheduled hours even though the university may be closed. Staff members covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to the appropriate sections of the contract governing severe weather emergencies.
Winter weather FAQ. More information on winter weather policies is available at

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