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Winter 2005-2006

The Department of Public Affairs will notify the media if the university decides to close during unfavorable weather conditions. The university's policy is to close only in the event of extreme weather conditions; decisions are made based on short and long-term meteorological reports.

While our goal is to have as many people as possible on campus when we are open, the university realizes that some students and employees live a significant distant from campus. Consequently, the administration does not expect individuals to place themselves in a dangerous situation to get here. We encourage you to use your best judgment in deciding whether it is safe to drive when confronted with severe weather.

Snow closing advisories:
Public Affairs personnel will provide an advisory to the university community through the closing advisory phone line. If the university is closing, the system's message will be changed to give the details of the closing. Therefore, please call 216-397-4666 for up-to-date closing information. Please wait until AFTER 6:30 a.m. to begin calling, so that university personnel have an opportunity to make a decision and change the message. Call AFTER 2:00 p.m . for decisions on evening classes.

Public Affairs uses a coded system to alert the media of a closing; this system is designed to prevent unauthorized personnel from calling the media. Closings will also be posted on the home page of John Carroll's Web site at www.jcu.edu by 6:30 a.m.

Delayed opening:
In the event inclement weather poses – for a limited period of time – an extraordinary risk to the safety of students and employees who drive to the university, the university will announce a DELAYED OPENING . This delay will be for two or three hours, using 8:00 a.m. as the normal opening time. Classes scheduled during the hours affected by the delay will be cancelled. As with classes cancelled when the university is forced to close early because of weather, faculty teaching classes cancelled as a result of a delayed opening may, at their discretion, attempt to schedule a make-up class. These make-up classes can only be scheduled if they do not penalize students who are unable to attend them.

Employees who report to work at 8:30 a.m. , please note: using 8:00 a.m. classes as the normal opening time means that offices that usually open at 8:30 a.m. will open at 10 a.m. , with a two hour announced delay; 11 a.m. with a three hour announced delay, etc. Employees whose functions are required earlier than the normal office opening time should consult their area vice president for instructions.

Thank you for your cooperation in these matters and stay safe.


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