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Monday, March 13, 2017, 3pm

To Cornell faculty and staff:

 A winter storm warning has been issued for many parts of the Northeast United States, with possible impacts to Cornell programs in Ithaca, Geneva and New York City. Strong winds, cold temperatures and major snowfall are expected across the region beginning Monday night and into Wednesday.

In advance of this potentially disruptive winter storm, Cornell Ithaca faculty and staff are reminded to monitor CUInfo for updates on the latest university operating status and to review your units’ inclement weather staffing plans. With a large population of students living on campus Cornell offices should expect to remain in operation, classes continue and regular services are provided during adverse weather conditions. Even in times of inclement weather, university employees are asked to continue meeting the academic, research and student support needs of our community. In the event of a delayed opening or closing on main campus, faculty are encouraged to consider alternative plans for course instruction and assignments and be mindful of potential disruptions to exams. Because we have a large population of commuters who travel long distances we remind folks to assess their individual situation and avoid unnecessary travel risks.

Faculty and staff at Geneva and New York City campuses should monitor local conditions in consultation with their designated department, unit, and program directors.

University Operating Status

The university remains open and observes its schedules in all weather unless the Vice President for Infrastructure Properties and Planning determines that conditions warrant a closing or delayed opening. Careful attention is given to the expected intensity and duration of a storm in reaching that decision. Once the decision has been made, instructions and updates will be communicated to the university community as quickly as possible.

Stay informed—listen and watch for Cornell advisories/alerts via these platforms:

Employee Travel and Time

If the university remains open in adverse weather, even when a county or municipality makes an announcement to “avoid unnecessary travel” (travel for work is considered necessary travel), faculty, administrators and staff should make reasonable efforts to maintain their regular work schedules, but are advised to avoid undue risks in traveling. Supervisors should be flexible regarding a staff member’s individual needs during inclement weather.

Employees who anticipate arriving late or not at all should notify their immediate supervisor as soon as possible. With supervisory approval, staff may charge their time off to accrued health and personal leave or vacation. Alternatively, and with supervisory approval, nonexempt staff may request to make up the time in the same workweek or take leave without pay.

Employees Who Provide Essential Servces

Essential service employees are those needed on campus to meet the needs of students, research programs or central operations when the university is closed. To read more about information pertaining to employees who provide essential services and associated supervisory responsibilities, please visit the Environmental Health and Safety web site.

Inclement Weather Policy

Policy 8.2, Inclement Weather, can be found on the University Policy Office web page. Contact Environmental Health & Safety at 2558200 or about essential service employees. Questions about compensation should be directed to your supervisor or to the local college/unit Human Resources representative.

William B. Sitzabee, Interim Vice President Infrastructure Properties Planning

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10:40AM

This a CornellALERT message from Cornell University

Due to severe winter weather, Cornell’s Ithaca Campus will close at 12 p.m. (Noon) today, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Please use caution while traveling or commuting home. Classes and exams are cancelled while the university is closed. Essential student and campus services remain in operation.

Visit for more information on Cornell Dining operations.

The university is expected to reopen Wednesday, March 15, at 12 p.m. (Noon).

Visit for updates on Cornell’s operating status.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 9:50AM

This a CornellALERT message from Cornell University.

Cornell’s Ithaca Campus will reopen at 4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 15.

Student and campus services will be limited and disrupted throughout the day.  Classes and exams are cancelled while the university is closed; evening classes will be in session today.

Students, faculty, and staff should use caution and allot extra time if there is a need to travel.

Please check for updates or changes in operating status.

Last Updated: April 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm