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Answers offered for severe weather questions

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about the university's policies regarding inclement weather.

How will I know if classes are canceled or if the workday has been delayed?

A delayed start of a workday or class cancellations on the Lawrence campus will be announced after 6 a.m. Call KU's Inclement Weather Policy Line, 864-SNOW, or KU Info, 864-3506; check the KU Web site; or listen to local broadcast media, including Kansas Public Radio 91.5 FM, KLWN-AM 1320, KLZR-FM 105.9 or KJHK-FM 90.7, and Topeka and Kansas City radio and television stations.

How will I know when the university is open?

KU does not make announcements when classes continue to meet as scheduled.

What about class cancellations at the Edwards Campus?

Decisions to cancel classes or curtail operations at the Edwards Campus are independent of the decisions made for the Lawrence campus. The Edwards Campus has its own weather line – 864-8499 from Lawrence or (913) 897-8499 from the Kansas City area.

What happens if severe weather develops during the day?

KU officials may declare a weather emergency. In this case, afternoon and/or evening classes on the Lawrence campus will be canceled and nonessential employees will be dismissed early. Employees will be contacted through an established calling tree and may be dismissed on a staggered basis.

How are decisions made to cancel classes?

In consultation with the KU Office of Public Safety, the Lawrence police, the highway patrol and the National Weather Service, the provost or the chancellor decides to cancel classes or curtail activities based on road conditions and weather forecasts.

What if I'm driving from out of town during a snowstorm?

KU does not have a mandatory attendance policy. If you can't travel safely because of poor road conditions, you should not drive to campus. Employees should use accumulated paid leave after seeking supervisory approval.

How will overnight shift employees be affected?

Inclement weather is usually declared in one-hour increments at either the beginning or the end of a normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work shift. For example, if an employee works a shift that begins after midnight, ends before 8 a.m. and inclement weather is declared in the morning, the employee may leave work an hour early. Conversely, if inclement weather is declared at 4 p.m., an employee with an overnight shift may arrive at work one hour late.

How does invoking the inclement weather policy affect emergency employees?

Employees who have been designated by their departments as essential employees are expected to report for work at the beginning of their work shift to maintain vital services.

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