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Weather advisory: Campus remains open

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

02/04/08

The National Weather Service is forecasting overnight low temperatures to dip to 50 below zero this week. The University of Alaska Fairbanks will remain open, despite the cold weather. Students and faculty and staff members are urged to dress for the weather and use caution when traveling around campus.

As a residential campus it's imperative that every effort be made to keep the university open and operating. Therefore, it's unlikely the Fairbanks campus would ever be completely closed due to weather conditions. The decision to cancel classes, advise employees to stay at home, postpone or cancel university activities and major events is made only by the chancellor or designee.

If individual faculty members are unable to hold classes, it's the responsibility of the faculty member to notify the dean's office or department chair as soon as possible so that the department's emergency communication plan can be implemented and students notified. Students should contact their instructors or departments for information on class status.

Employees who cannot come to work, due to weather conditions, should communicate directly with their supervisors.Administrative leave must be coordinated through the employee's supervisor and is at the discretion of the supervisor.

In the event of a campus closure or other emergency, information will be initially disseminated via one or more of the following methods:

" Chancellor's e-mail listserv, UAF-L
" Nanook emergency information telephone line at 474-7UAF(7823)
" Online newsroom www.uaf.edu/news/
" News subscription service e-mail listserv, UAFNEWS-L
" Fax or e-mail to departments and rural campuses
" If an emergency affects university computer and phone lines, students, staff, and faculty are advised to tune in to local radio and television news broadcasts for information.

Policy information is also posted at www.uaf.edu/univrel/crisisplan/CampusClosure.pdf

For up-to-date information, call the UAF hotline at 474-7UAF.

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