Canceling Classes & Suspending Operations Due to Inclement Weather

Whenever possible, the University of Missouri and the UM System will stay open for business and instructional activities during inclement weather, and employees and students are expected to exercise judgement when deciding if they can travel safely to campus during inclement weather. Several campus departments and health facilities have been deemed essential to operations and will post their availability during inclement weather either on social media or websites. Only the chancellor (or, in the chancellor’s absence, the provost) has the authority to cancel classes.

Announcement Regarding Changes in Operations

The campus community will be notified of a closure due to inclement weather through:

  • MU Alert emergency message (text and/or email)
  • University web pages, including the MU home page, MU Alert website, social media sites and the MU News Bureau
  • Local media outlets

Procedures to Follow During Severe Weather

The university recognizes that severe weather could affect an employee’s ability to travel to and from work. Time missed due to inability to travel to work, late arrival or early departure because of inclement weather will be accounted for in accordance with the procedures below.

Full-time Permanent Employees

When employees are delayed or prevented from reporting to work, they should make every reasonable effort to notify their supervisor/work site as soon as possible in accordance with department procedure.

If employees are delayed, absent or leaving early under this policy, they must account for the time missed, with the approval of their supervisor, by one of the following methods:

  • Accrued vacation leave
  • Accrued personal days
  • Adjusted work schedule (wherever applicable) in the same work week

Note: Due to various factors, an adjusted work schedule might not be an available alternative in all situations.

Probationary, Part-time or Temporary Employees

Probationary employees cannot use accrued vacation during their first six months of service. To account for time missed, a probationary employee can use an accrued personal day (in accordance with UM Personnel Policy Manual section PE 504), adjust their work schedule or take leave without pay.

Part-time or temporary employees do not accrue vacation or personal days. To account for time missed, a part-time or temporary employee can adjust their work schedule or take leave without pay.

Note: Due to various factors, adjustments to an employee’s work schedule might not be an available alternative in all situations. Any adjustments to work schedules require supervisory approval.

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