Weather-Related Information for Faculty and Staff

Weather-Related Information for Faculty and Staff

Occasionally, inclement weather might require the campus to modify daily operations. Please note that closures or delays are rare for Beaver campus and are not tied to the local school districts’ announced delays or closures. The following is a summary of policies that are used in the event of operational modifications.

At the campus level, decisions altering campus status and/or operations are made only by the chancellor in consultation with the director of academic affairs and the director of finance and business. Campus status is usually determined by 6:30 a.m. for day classes and 4 p.m. for evening classes.

For information about campus status, all employees and students should:
1.    Sign up for PSUAlert to receive immediate text messages sent straight to your cell phone.
2.    Visit the Beaver campus home page.
3.    Call the campus SNO Line at 724-773-3SNO (3766).
4.    Refer to the television and radio stations in the sidebar.
 
Weather-related actions usually take one of the following forms:

Campus Closed
Only employees designated as essential by their supervisor should report to work on campus. Essential employees who work when the campus is closed are eligible for equivalent time off as mutually agreed to by the employee and supervisor.

Classes Cancelled
No classes will be held, but all campus employees are expected to report to work as usual. Class cancellations may vary, e.g. cancellations might be announced only for day classes or only for evening classes, or cancellations might include both day and evening classes. Resident instruction classes and Beaver campus Continuing Education classes adhere to the same closure recommendations.

Delay of Class Start
The start of classes will be delayed until an announced time. The day's regular schedule will be followed once classes begin. For example, if the start of class is delayed until 10 a.m., then the 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. classes will not meet, and the regular schedule will begin at 10 a.m. All campus employees must report to work at the usual time.

Employees are entitled to free time off only if the campus is closed. If employees are unable to report to work due to weather-related concerns under any other circumstances, that time off must be charged to the employee's accumulated vacation or personal holiday time.

The employee also has the option of time off with no pay. If a supervisor grants permission for an employee(s) to leave work early or arrive late, the work time missed is accounted for as vacation, personal holiday, or no pay. The policies can be found in University Policy HRG10 and are available for your review at the University's GURU website guru.psu.edu.

Faculty members should not cancel individual classes due to weather. Only the Chancellor has the authority to delay the class schedule or close the campus. Faculty are expected to make every reasonable attempt to meet with their class(es). If you are unable to come to campus, please contact Dee Mooney, administrative assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, at 724-773-3571 as soon as possible. Cancelling a class despite the fact that students have driven through inclement weather does not reflect well on our campus. It is also problematic to hold some classes while others have been cancelled.

Please be assured that the campus always strives to make informed decisions that balance student, faculty, and staff safety with the class time for which our students pay.