It’s extremely rare to encounter weather that would fully close the university, according to IUPUI Emergency Management and Continuity Director Carlos Garcia. Research must go on, no matter what your preferred TV meteorologist has to say. And our campus’s unique proximity to major hospitals demands that facilities stay open in a blizzard.
Each storm is unique, and each has the potential to be hazardous, especially for commuting students. Reports from the National Weather Service, Marion and surrounding counties, and regional schools – from Indianapolis Public Schools to Ivy Tech, IU Bloomington and Butler University – are all considered before the findings are presented to Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar, who has the ultimate call to cancel classes.
Here’s some key information to keep in mind so you’ll be ready when adverse weather strikes:
Am I required to come to the office?
According to Indiana University’s adverse weather policy, all staff and temporary employees are expected to report to work unless otherwise notified. However, if the weather creates hazardous conditions for your commute to or from work, you are encouraged to use your best judgment and should not endanger yourself or ignore local travel advisories.
If adverse weather conditions cause extreme travel hazards to or from work:
Employees should make every effort to notify their supervisor.
Advance notice requirements for use of time off are waived.
Support, service, PAO, PAE and PAU staff may use accrued time off or, with approval, may make up the work time during the same week.
PAE staff absent for a full work day may use available PTO.
Staff employees may either charge an absence against time-off accruals or, at their option, be absent without pay but with benefit time accrual.
All absences from work for temporary employees are without pay.
There is no adverse weather policy for academics. Classes are in session unless specifically canceled by the administration.
Emergency Management and Continuity sends severe weather alerts via text, email and phone call, but if you have an old phone number in your IUPUI information, you will not get the alerts. Make sure everything is correct on IU-Notify.
In Garcia’s years at IUPUI, he has seen students walking to classes in shorts and T-shirts during frigid temperatures. He does not recommend the practice, even if the person drove to campus and got primo parking.
“You never know what’s going to happen,” Garcia said. “If an individual’s vehicle stalls or they run off the road and they’re in shorts and a T-shirt, that’s not very effective for protection.”