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Approved by Executive Council on November 19, 2010
Reapproved by Executive Council on November 4, 2014
The official College policy on extraordinary weather conditions requires that normal operations be continued as much as possible. Essential services (i.e. heating/plumbing, electrical, grounds, university police, and health services) must be maintained in spite of severe weather. In the event of severe weather College employees working in these areas should remain on duty or report to work to avoid interruption of essential services, unless directed or permitted to do otherwise by their supervisors. Employees must consult with their supervisor for each weather emergency to determine if they are deemed essential personnel in that instance as that designation may vary by circumstance.
Except in the most severe cases, all employees are expected to report to work. Those employees who cannot get to work on time or at all are expected to contact their department supervisor to advise them of the situation in a timely manner.
Although only the Governor can close the College, under this policy the College President has the authority to take the following actions:
Note: Only the Governor has the authority to close State offices or facilities. A declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor does not by itself close State offices and facilities. If State offices were to close in such a situation, the closure would result from a separate action by the Governor. Unless the Governor issues a specific order directing non‐essential employees whose work stations are in a specified geographic area not to report to work, employees who do not report to work because of extraordinary circumstances must charge leave credits other than sick leave.
If classes are to be canceled before the beginning of the instructional day, announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations, usually between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. A detailed message, including a notification of the time of the most recent update, will be available on the weather and emergency line - 564-SNOW, as well as on the campus website (www.plattsburgh.edu ). Faculty members are reminded that if they individually cancel a class or classes outside of this process, they should use the campus e-mail system to notify their students.
If classes are canceled after the beginning of the instructional day, the announcement will be communicated to supervisors, directors and departmental chairpersons by the appropriate vice president. Announcements will also be made over radio, TV stations, and email. A detailed message will be available on the weather and emergency line - 564-SNOW, as well as on the campus website (www.plattsburgh.edu).
If the President concludes that prevailing weather conditions justify the excuse of reasonable tardiness, employees and supervisors will be notified via email and on the college’s website.
A special telephone number will be maintained to advise employees of the latest conditions at and around the College. Employees are encouraged to call this number regularly to get official updates regarding the weather or other emergency conditions. The number for the weather and emergency line is 564-SNOW (7669). Additionally, the campus website (www.plattsburgh.edu ) will also be updated with snow and emergency messages. The SNOWLINE and campus website (www.plattsburgh.edu) will always carry the most up to date information.
Faculty and Staff at SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury will follow the decisions made by the administration at SUNY Adirondack regarding class cancellations and campus closure of SUNY Adirondack due to extraordinary weather conditions and other emergencies. Information regarding SUNY Adirondack class cancellations and campus closures will be available via SUNY Adirondack's Snow Emergency Line (518) 743-2222.
Faculty, please also refer to Absence from Class and Class Coverage Procedure.
For more information about Administrative Policies approved by Executive Council, please contact:
Sean Brian Dermody
Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2539
Fax: (518) 564-2540