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L&S Inclement Weather Guidelines

The following document covers the UW-Madison Inclement Weather Guidelines.

Please refer to the UW-Madison Inclement Weather Policy

Key points of the guidelines include:

  • Only the Chancellor has the authority to cancel classes, suspend services, and close the campus to the public and employees. Individual colleges and schools will not close unless the whole campus is closed.

  • Employees should be advised to use discretion regarding their health and safety and that of family members, but they are required to use available annual leave (i.e., vacation, personal holiday), leave without pay, or when appropriate, accrued compensatory time to cover the absence, or arrange to make up time to cover any absences. Unit practices for employee absences should be followed. Supervisors are advised to be flexible, if operationally possible, in approving employee-requested leave in inclement weather.

Please remember that, while these guidelines are issued each December and tend to be thought of as the university's "ice and snow" policy, inclement weather can happen at any time of year (e.g., buildings with no air conditioning in the middle of summer).

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact:

Academic Staff or University Staff employees: HR Associate Director
Faculty:  Ben Weisse

Last updated 11.28.2022

Keywordsclosing, snow, blizzard, close offices, suspend 27840   Doc ID27840
OwnerJana K.GroupL&S KB
Created2012-12-20 10:06:15Updated2023-06-01 11:32:34
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