Campus Closures and Severe Weather Policy
Responsible Administrative
Policy Contact:
Unit: Administration &
AVP Human Resources

Operation
mdougher@mines.edu

1.0
BACKGROUND

The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is an educational, research, and residential
campus. From time to time, circumstances arise that cause the School to close its
operations. Examples of these instances include events such as weather emergencies,
area or state emergencies declared by local or state authorities, or other similar
instances. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance regarding how the decision
to close Mines is made and communicated to students, faculty, and staff.

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POLICY

It is the policy of the Colorado School of Mines to maintain teaching, research, public
service, and operational activities in accordance with established schedules and
availability. The suspension or cancellation of classes or the temporary suspension
of campus operations will be avoided whenever possible.

Mines does not cease operations f o r potential travel or weather hazards. Students,
faculty, and staff are urged to use discretion and judgment not to endanger their
individual safety in order to travel to campus. In the event of a weather emergency, one
should carefully weigh the risks of travel to and from the place of study or work, utilizing
the best available public news information or contacts to Mines offices able to be open.

In the event the campus community or State of Colorado comes under a state of
emergency, Mines will follow emergency procedures outlined by the appropriate
authorities.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

3.1
Decision. The President is authorized by the Board of Trustees to suspend
operations of Mines temporarily in the event of an emergency. The President may
delegate authority to suspend operations to the Provost and to the Executive Vice
President for Administration and Operations.

3.2
Events. Rescheduling of individual events, activities, plays, athletics games, or
programs are the responsibility of the person authorized to schedule the event.



School Closures and Severe Weather Policy

3.3
Classes; Offices. If Mines classes are cancelled due to circumstances
such as severe weather, offices will also be closed. Work responsibilities for all staff
members will cease, except those functions d e s i g na t ed a s essential to safety or
restoring the campus to normal operations.

3.4
Media; Information. Authorized Mines officials will notify local news agencies of
any temporary closure. Media outlets notified include:

Radio - 850 KOA.

TV - KWGN Channel 2,

KCNC Channel 4,

KMGH Channel 7,

KUSA Channel 9, and

KDVR FOX 31.

Additionally, Mines will create a general voice mail message about closure on Mines’
main switchboard at 303-273-3000. The Mines Emergency Alert system (MEA) will be
used to communicate closures to students, faculty, and staff enrolled in the program.
Closure notices will be communicated on the Mines’ homepage @ mines.edu.

3.5
Re-open. A normal schedule will follow on the next business day unless media
outlets, MEA, and the voice messaging system again announce a temporary
suspension of operations.

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EMPLOYEES

4.1
Designation. “Essential” employees are in jobs where a primary reason for the
jobs existence is to provide for campus safety or to respond in emergency situations
(e.g., Residence Life, Public Safety, and Facilities Management). Designation as
“essential” must be made by the Appointing Authority and communicated to the
employee in writing. Non-essential employees (not designated “essential”) for
purposes of safety or restoring campus operations may be called in for urgent and
mission critical circumstances. Supervisors should consider the actual need and safety
of individuals that may be affected by coming to work during a campus closure.

4.2
Compensation.

4.2.1 Overtime and compensatory time for essential employees during times of
closure are calculated the same as would occur during any work week. Note: Mines, in
accordance with federal law, established its regular workweek to be Saturday through
the following Friday. The workweek is used in order to determine when overtime or
compensatory time occurs.

4.2.2 Overtime-eligible, non-essential employees (non-exempt from the Fair
Labor Standards Act of 1938 and its amendments) who are required to work during
periods of official closure will receive both their regular pay and pay for the
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closure period. Instead of double pay, the employee may be given compensatory
time or given a period off equivalent to their time worked during the closure.

4.3
Leave Reporting.

4.3.1 Employees are not required to report an absence due to campus closure
in the leave reporting system.
4.3.2 Employees who requested vacation or sick leave prior to the announced
emergency closure and were approved will be paid on the basis of their previously
approved vacation or sick leave. Retroactive changes to leave calendars may not be
made.
4.3.3 Loss of work time (due to personal choice) because of severe weather
when Mines is in operation is considered an absence. If compensatory time or vacation
leave is not available or used, leave without pay will be charged for the time of absence.
Employees should consult with supervisors about the proper way to charge their time

5.0
COMPLIANCE
Failure to follow the policy may result in disciplinary action to the person based on the
category and applicable rules.

6.0
HISTORY AND REVIEW CYCLE
The policy will be reviewed at least annually or as needed by the Responsible
Administrative Unit.
Issued: January 15, 2009.
Revised: January 28, 2009
Revised: February 9, 2017 (reformatted into template, procedural updates, title updated
to Campus from School; history, keywords, & resources added)
Keywords: closure, closing, weather, severe, inclement, emergency, communications,
MEA, alert

RESOURCES
Mines homepage
Mines Emergency Alert and FAQs
Workweek, Compensatory Time & Overtime Policy

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