Inclement Weather Ahead!

Posted: December 8, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: December 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

The Washington, D.C., area has already experienced its first snowfall of the season, and weather forecasters are predicting more of the wet stuff this winter.

Now is a good time to review the university’s inclement weather policy regarding university closings and delayed openings. In addition, schedule changes due to weather are posted on the university’s web site ( and announced by the Mason switchboard at 703-993-1000.

Following are some excerpts from the university’s inclement weather policy:

“Decisions on whether to close the university or to alter its schedule due to weather are based on the condition of campus roads, parking lots and surrounding roads and main arteries. Every attempt will be made to make all decisions regarding closings or late openings no later than 6 a.m. Decisions to close for reasons other than weather will be made in response to a specific emergency condition and communicated to all affected individuals as quickly as possible in accordance with emergency notification procedures.

“Decisions regarding weekend classes will be made using the same procedures as decisions regarding weekday classes. All federal government contract classes at George Mason University are to follow weather-related decisions made by the federal government and not by George Mason University.

“For the sake of clarity and consistency, each of Mason’s three campuses will follow suit as much as possible when it comes to closings and/or delayed openings. However, the university recognizes that at times all the campuses will not close or open at the same time because of varying weather patterns or the localized nature of an emergency condition.

“In the event hazardous conditions make travel unsafe, even if classes have not been cancelled, teaching faculty will notify department chairpersons when they are unable to conduct classes. Academic departments should make every effort to inform students when an individual faculty member is unable to make it to campus because of travel conditions. If the university is open, but classes are cancelled, teaching faculty need not come to campus for purposes of attending meetings, advising students and the like.

“In the event that classes are cancelled during the last week of scheduled classes, the appropriate reading days in the following week are to be used to make up those classes.”

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