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POL 5.125 Emergency Closings

When classes are canceled and the college is open, all classified employees and administrators are expected to report to work. Should individual circumstances dictate that an employee does not report for work on a day when classes are canceled but the college is open, the employee must be charged a personal business day, vacation day, or unpaid day, unless for reasons of illness, for which an available sick day may be used. Employees properly directed to return or remain home due to concerns of communicable illness shall be charged an available sick day unless the college is closed.

When classes are canceled and the college is closed under exceptional emergency circumstances, only designated administrative and classified employees are expected to report to work if they are able to do so without undue risk, or as provided under college emergency planning.   Employees who were scheduled to work except for the closure of the college will be compensated at their normal and typical daily rate, unless otherwise stipulated by collective bargaining agreement.

If only a portion of campus is closed, due to circumstances such as localized power failure or short-term building renovations, supervisors are encouraged to provide a place and means for affected staff to carry out their essential job functions. If such is impractical, and affected staff are advised not to report, they will be compensated at their normal and typical daily rate, as for a snow day. Extended circumstances, such as long-term building renovations, may require temporary layoff. Affected staff will be notified in advance.

Nonexempt classified employees who are required by their immediate supervisor to report to work when the college is closed shall be paid at straight time for hours worked plus paid time off for the emergency closing at their normal and typical daily rate. Exceptions to this would include any employee who is traveling on college business or who is specifically hired for the purpose of removing snow and ice. Such employees shall be paid straight time. Holidays shall be counted as a day the college is closed, and staff required to work on a holiday shall be paid at straight time for hours worked, plus holiday pay, unless otherwise stipulated by collective bargaining agreement.

Revised December 9, 1993

Revised August 8, 2002

Revised November 14, 2002

Revised October 15, 2009