Monday, January 12, 2015

Inclement weather closing and information procedures


At the beginning of a new semester, it is an appropriate time to remind individuals of the campus’ policy on adverse weather and how it relates to campus operations. Campus faculty and staff members will make every attempt to maintain normal campus operations. Generally, the campus remains operational unless Ross County is under a level 3 weather emergency. Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C Web site for closing information.

In situations when the weather is threatening but the campus remains open, members of the campus community are urged to exercise their judgment and to not imperil their safety. Please notify those who are affected by your absence – students, faculty, co-workers or your supervisor -- so accommodations can be made. All faculty members should notify the Dean’s Office if they are unable to hold class.

It is recommended that faculty members include in the course syllabi for spring semester how they will communicate with students should class be cancelled because of weather conditions.

University procedures are in place for employees who are unable to travel to campus or who need to leave early.

Campus members can sign up for text alerts via the university’s Blackboard Connect system. Instructions for faculty and staff members is available online at: http://www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/emergencyprograms/notification_system/faculty.htm

Instructions for students to sign up for the university’s emergency message system are available online at: http://www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/emergencyprograms/notification_system/students.htm

Further, individuals can also register for text messages regarding campus closings to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site: www.nbc4i.com.

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