UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Expected heavy snow has caused Pennsylvania State to cancel work on campus and other in-person activities on the University Park campus from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (January 17). There are no classes on Mondays in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
On campus, personal activities
Any scheduled in-person activities beginning before 5 PM on Mondays are cancelled. Activities beginning on or after 5pm on Mondays will take place as originally scheduled.
- Personnel Required to Attend Campus: Personnel who are required to report to Campus for Action and who are previously identified as performing duties essential to maintaining campus operations must report to or remain on Campus as directed by their supervisors. Employees required to come to campus for work are eligible for compensatory time to close campus for all business hours, in accordance with the provisions of the guidelines.
- Employees who work on campus and who cannot work remotely: Employees who were not previously identified as performing essential duties to maintain operations, who cannot perform their work remotely, and who are currently reporting to campus for their jobs, should not show up to work.
- Those currently on campus are dismissed at 5 a.m. on Mondays. These employees will be eligible for campus closure payments for part of their shift after 5 a.m. on Monday, according to the guidelines’ requirements.
- Those scheduled to start work before 5 p.m. on Monday and finish after 5 p.m. on Monday must show up at 5 p.m. on Monday to complete a partial day. These employees will be eligible for campus closure payments for part of their shift before 5 p.m. Monday, according to the guidelines’ requirements.
- Those whose business hours are scheduled to start and end between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday should not show up. These employees will be eligible for campus closure payments, in accordance with the requirements of the guidelines.
- Those who are due to report on or after 5 p.m. on Monday must report as regularly scheduled.
- On-campus employees who are able to work remotely: Staff who currently work on campus but can perform their job responsibilities remotely must not work on campus between 5am and 5pm on Monday, and instead work remotely during the affected period. These employees are not eligible for compensatory time to close campus.
- Telecommuting employees (including mixed schedules): Employees who work remotely and continue to be able to work must regularly perform the work functions assigned to them. These employees are not eligible for compensatory time to close campus. Employees who work on a rotating on-campus and remote work schedule (ie a mixed site schedule) must regularly perform their assigned work functions remotely between 5 AM and 5 PM on Mondays. These employees are not eligible for compensatory time to close campus.
- Employees working in an alternative work location: Employees who work in an alternative location (eg, attending a conference or training) and who continue to be able to work must regularly perform the work functions assigned to them. These employees are not eligible for compensatory time to close campus, if they are able to fulfill their job responsibilities.
Employees with questions about campus closures should contact the Human Resources counselor at their unit.
Additional weather information and ongoing updates
The decision to cancel campus work and other activities at University Park was determined to be in the best interests of the safety of the university community. University officials continue to monitor conditions and will provide updates as necessary. The latest information will be shared via Penn State PSUAlert . SystemAnd Pennsylvania NewsAnd Twitter, And WPSU TV and Radio.
All staff and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety. Faculty, staff, and students should use their best judgment when considering travel to campus or the need to leave early during times of inclement weather. Faculty and staff should review Dealing with Weather-Related Day Absences (Human Resources Directive 10) for specific information on how to handle lost time in weather situations.
Faculty and staff members who have any questions about how these policies apply to them should consult an HR advisor in their unit.