Tag: winter storm policy

Chancellor issues advisory to employees on winter storm

At about 3:20 Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14, 2014), Chancellor Tom Harden issued the following advisory to faculty and staff members working on campus. (Students did not receive the post, as classes are not in session.) The message was as follows:

Dear faculty and staff,

With weather conditions deteriorating and travel becoming more difficult as evening approaches, I make the following announcements to members of the UW-Green Bay community.

University supervisors are directed to encourage staff and faculty members already on campus to leave early today (Tuesday, Jan. 14) if those employees are concerned that travel to their homes would be less safe later this afternoon or evening.

Public Safety and Facilities Management staff members have asked me to inform those leaving campus now that they should do so with caution. While roads remain passable, in some locations a film of ice beneath the new snow is making many campus roads especially slippery. Public Safety and Facilities are also concerned about high winds and more snow expected later this afternoon. Facilities will continue plowing until roughly 5:30 p.m., but it is likely at that time they will break until later in the evening, after the worst has passed.

We anticipate we will be able to resume regular business hours on Wednesday morning.

Tom Harden, Chancellor

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Dealing with cold: Temps similar, but circumstances different from 1994 freeze-out

Forecasts of extreme cold weather may have local K-12 districts pondering Monday cancellations, but at UW-Green Bay the policies and precedents are clear. The University will be open for business, as is customary. As with any winter-weather situation, the decision to travel in to report to work, or stay home and take vacation, is up to each individual employee and supervisor. Some veteran UW-Green Bay employees will remember how the University handled a similar deep freeze exactly 20 years ago. On that occasion, Tuesday, Jan 18, 1994, the city of Green Bay recorded its lowest “high temperature” ever — it never got warmer than a windy -18° F, after dawning at -28°. While the campus remained open, with employees expected to report, the difference then was that regular classes were in session. Interim Chancellor William Kuepper cancelled classes for what would have been the first day of the spring semester. He expressed concern that commuting students, more than a few driving “old clunkers,” would be unable to start or restart their cars and would be stranded here or en route. (If you’re interested in the University’s current Winter Storm Policy, there is information online.)

Reminder on winter storm policy

Faculty and staff are reminded to consult the Winter Storm Policy and to monitor their own local driving conditions with respect to Thursday’s predicted snowstorm. Campus closings are rare, but University policy recognizes that driving conditions can vary across the region; employees should use their own judgment about whether they can safely travel to campus or whether they should leave early. (The state of Wisconsin requires employees to use vacation, personal holiday or unpaid time for hours lost to inclement weather.) The UW-Green Bay Winter Storm Policy is online at www.uwgb.edu/provost/policies/storm.asp.

… even with snow/wind in abundance, cancellations will be few
National Weather Service forecasts as of 11 a.m. today call for only a few inches of snow and relatively moderate winds into the morning-commute hours on Thursday (Dec. 20). Conditions are expected to deteriorate as the afternoon and evening progress, however, with winds increasing to the 25 mph range or higher, and a foot of snow possible. The good news at UW-Green Bay? It’s that the storm didn’t arrive a few days earlier, with the potential to disrupt last Saturday’s Commencement or final exams earlier this week. (The University calendar reveals no major public events, programs or seminars scheduled for Dec. 20. Final exams have already concluded.)