Nov. 11, 2010

Winter weather primer

by Diana Pounds

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It's time to put an ice scraper in the glove compartment and brush up on the university's winter weather procedures and policies. Here's what you need to know:

Cancellations and closures

For information on cancellations and closures, look to the:

  • University homepage (
  • Campus information center, 4-4357
  • Local radio and TV news

Where to park

If your usual parking lot hasn't been cleared of snow by 7:30 a.m., you can park at:

  • Iowa State Center (lots A3, A4, B5 and B6); CyRide will shuttle drivers to campus via the free orange route
  • Lots 29 and 30, north of Molecular Biology
  • Lot 41, north of General Services Building

If classes are canceled, but the university is not closed

  • University offices will remain open
  • Employees who can't make it to work should contact their immediate supervisors
  • Employees may request to make up the time, use vacation, or take leave without pay
  • Staff covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to language in the severe weather part of the contract

If the university is officially closed

  • Classes are canceled and most university offices are closed
  • Vital operational areas (for example, security, food service, power plant, animal care, critical maintenance or snow removal) generally are not closed; employees will follow specific policies established for those areas
  • Some staff members whose offices are closed may elect to work regular hours, with supervisor approval

Detailed severe weather policies and info