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Nov. 17, 2006

What to do when it snows ... a lot

by Samantha Beres

It's only a matter of time before that first big winter storm hits. Here are a few reminders about what you need to know during inclement weather.

Although it very rarely occurs, in the event of class cancellations or university office closings you can find complete, up-to-date information on the Iowa State Web site ( Remember to reload often to ensure the latest updates. Closing information is also announced via radio and television, but even if you hear "Iowa State University is closed" through the media, we recommend you check the Web site to be sure. Remember that even if classes are canceled, university offices may remain open.

In the rare event when offices are closed, some employees whose jobs are vital to the university's daily operations may be required to work.

If the university is open, but you cannot report to work due to inclement weather, inform your immediate supervisor. Employees may request to make up the time, use vacation pay or take leave without pay. Staff covered by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement should refer to Severe Weather/Emergency Closing section of the contract.

Where to park?

If there's been a snow storm and your lot is not cleared yet, park in one of these lots:

  • Southwest corner of Iowa State Center (lots A3, A4, B5 and B6). There is a free CyRide bus (orange No. 23) to campus that runs approximately every 15 minutes.
  • North of Molecular Biology (lots 29 and 30)b(
  • North of General Services Building (lot 41).

All valid ISU parking permits will be honored in these parking lots. When there is inclement weather, the campus community is encouraged to use the CyRide bus system.

For more information, go to the winter parking plan .


Remember these days? Also recall that the university has a winter weather policy in place for days just like it. File photo.