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November 19, 2004

Here's the scoop for snowy mornings

Winter weather is coming and when it does, here are some things ISU employees should keep in mind.

  • Just because classes are canceled doesn't mean the university is closed. See the ISU Web site ( for the latest information on class cancellations or office closings. Information also will be distributed to radio and television stations and newspapers.
  • If bad weather prevents you from going to work, notify your supervisor promptly. You can request to make up the time missed through compensatory time within the work period or vacation leave, or take the time as leave without pay.
  • If you get stuck at work due to bad weather, you'll only be paid for the number of hours authorized by your immediate supervisor.
  • If university offices do close, some staff members whose jobs are vital to the university's daily operations may be required to report to work. These include those who work in such areas as food service, security, power plant, animal care, critical maintenance and snow removal. Those who are not required to report to work will need to use compensatory time, vacation leave or leave without pay for the work time lost during closings.
  • If classes are in session, students are expected to make their own decisions about whether they can travel safely during severe weather. Instructors are asked to accommodate those unable to attend classes due to bad weather.

Where to park on snowy mornings

The winter storm parking plan will be in effect when heavy or late-falling snow prevents facilities staff from clearing major streets, sidewalks and parking areas by 7:30 a.m.

When the plan is in effect, drivers should park in one of three designated parking areas:

  • Southwest corner of the Iowa State Center (lots A3, A4, B5 and B6). From here, you can ride CyRide's free Orange Route shuttle to campus. The buses run at 5- to 10-minute intervals.
  • North of Molecular Biology (lots 29 and 30)
  • North of the General Services Building (lot 41)

All valid ISU parking permits will be honored in these designated parking areas while the winter storm parking plan is in effect.

When the plan is in effect, drivers are asked not to park in their usual parking lots, unless they have been cleared.

During poor weather, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to use the CyRide bus system, which will add buses to its routes. For route information, call CyRide, 292-1100, between 6 a.m. and midnight.

Winter FAQ