University Clarifies Inclement Weather Procedure

Posted: December 21, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A team of officials representing each of George Mason’s three campuses and led by Senior Vice President Morrie Scherrens and Provost Peter Stearns met several times this semester to clarify the university’s procedures for deciding and announcing weather-related changes in its schedule. While a more comprehensive description of the decisions made at these meetings will appear in the January/February issue of the Mason Gazette, following are some highlights:

  • When George Mason opens late, that time will coincide with class and/or exam schedules.
  • The liberal leave policy is defined as follows: any employee may charge an absence to annual leave or another available balance without advance supervisory approval if weather conditions make the commute to work too hazardous.
  • An “essential” employee refers to those employees required to work during emergency closings because their positions have been designated as essential to their specific operations.

  • All three campuses are not required to be closed or open at the same time.
  • Regarding closings or late openings, every attempt will be made to make all decisions no later than 6 a.m.
  • Human Resources is responsible for maintaining and running George Mason’s internal snow tree. The snow tree is triggered when a decision is made by the senior vice president and/or provost to close down the university early.

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