2013-14 Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Procedure

For the most reliable closing, updates and reopening information, members of the UMBC community and visitors should rely on the only three official sources of information:

** UMBC's homepage

** myUMBC

** Hot line telephone number (410-455-6789).

Members of the campus community are encouraged to sign up for E2Campus, an emergency alert text-messaging system that will permit the University to notify subscribers to any campus-related emergency (such as potential campus safety hazards or campus closures due to weather). It is compatible with mobile phones, Blackberries, "smart phones," satellite phones, e-mail, wireless PDAs and pagers. Normal text-messaging rates apply. There are no additional charges. Sign up for this important service today at my.umbc.edu/go/alerts.

Although we will distribute closing information to regional news outlets, do not depend on the news media for complete, accurate and up-to-date information.

If UMBC is open, classes will be held and no special announcement will be made; all employees should report to work or use appropriate leave, and all classes should meet.

It is the responsibility of each community member to check the homepage and hot line telephone numbers for up-to-date information regarding campus opening/closing status. Information will be posted on myUMBC, but there may be a time delay between when the announcement is entered and when it appears on the site, so please rely on UMBC's homepage as the primary source for closing information. This procedure will be operational seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The hot line number is 410-455-6789 (or ext. 5-6789 from on campus).

The decision to close campus/open late/close early applies only to the UMBC campus (1000 Hilltop Circle and South Campus Technology Center). Employees at other sites, i.e., Columbus Center, Shady Grove, off-campus centers, etc., should follow the inclement weather notices at those sites.

UMBC will make every effort to decide whether the campus will be closed/opening late by 6 a.m.

Messages:
In an effort to share information on closings efficiently, closing announcements will be distributed to the media in one of the following three formats. We cannot rely on the media to accurately relay all information on UMBC closings at all times. Therefore, when conditions raise questions regarding UMBC's status, the most accurate and timely information will be available via the UMBC homepage. The UMBC snow removal plan, with a campus map showing the approach to clearing campus roadways, parking lots and walkways, can be found at www.umbc.edu/fm.

1. "UMBC is closed." This message means that classes are cancelled. Employees designated emergency essential must report. All other employees are discouraged from coming to campus and administrative leave will be authorized for eligible employees.

Those scheduled for evening/weekend classes or work shifts should check these sources periodically for up-to-date information. In many cases, conditions will improve from early morning hours to the evening/weekend, making it possible to open the campus.

2. "Classes are cancelled." This decision is based on the amount of parking available on campus. Although classes are cancelled, campus offices are open. All emergency essential and critical employees must report to work; all others are encouraged to report to work, but may use compensatory, personal or annual leave under the liberal leave policy. Various departmental events and programs may occur.

3. "The campus will open (or close) at ____ o'clock." This announcement applies to both classes and offices. Emergency essential employees should follow their assigned schedules; critical employees should follow the announced schedule; all others report or leave at the announced time or use appropriate leave under the liberal leave policy. Administrative leave will be authorized for eligible employees for hours between their usual work schedule and the actual opening/closing.

If a class is scheduled to start before the stated opening of campus and extends more than 45 minutes beyond the opening time, it will be held and will begin at the announced opening time.

If UMBC is open, classes will be held and no special announcement will be made; all employees should report to work or use appropriate leave, and all classes should meet.

Weather and related road conditions are not the same in every area where students, faculty and staff live. Consequently, the decision as to whether it is safe to travel must ultimately rest with each individual. Faculty are encouraged to arrange a system for communicating to their students should it be necessary to cancel class, and to be mindful that not all students will attend class. If the situation appears to be unacceptably hazardous, employees should use accrued annual, personal, or compensatory leave to cover lost time. Managers and supervisors are to notify employees of their designations, consistent with the Policy for Employee Designations under Campus Emergency Situations issued December 1, 1994, a copy of which can be obtained from the Department of Human Resources, Ext. 5-2337.

Campus Activities, Events:
If UMBC is closed, main campus events are cancelled. However, please visit www.umbcretrievers.com for information about athletics events, and www.umbc.edu/athletics/recreation for information about Retriever Activities Center and recreational sports programming.

For information on events at affiliated locations (Technology Center, etc.), or within Residential Life, check with the appropriate event sponsor.

Information about UMBC Transit shuttles is available at www.umbc.edu/transit.

Exam Schedules:
In the event of a closing during scheduled exam periods - mid-terms or finals - information on new exam dates will be available via the UMBC homepage and myUMBC.

Parking:
In the event of a declared snow emergency, parking will be prohibited on interior campus roadways including Park Rd., Back Rd., Center Rd., Poplar Ave. and Walker Ave. Parking will also be prohibited on the top level of all parking garages and decks and on the center ramp in the Walker Garage. Vehicles should be relocated to Lots 3, 23, 24, Stadium Lot, or the middle levels of Walker Avenue Garage and Commons Garage. Failure to remove a vehicle may result in towing at the owner's expense.

Gated lots will be open when classes are cancelled but the main campus remains open. Clearing the elevated parking deck of Administration Drive Garage (Visitor Parking) is problematic under freezing weather conditions, so please advise your guests of alternative parking in Commons Garage, Walker Ave Garage or Lot 7. If the Administration Drive Garage upper deck is closed, parking for the handicapped will be available along Administration Drive in the Service Vehicle spaces and Commons Garage.


Emergencies During the Workday:
When an emergency occurs after the campus has opened, information about early closing will be disseminated via the UMBC homepage, myUMBC, the hotline number and the media outlets listed below. During the day, everyone should continue to check the homepage for updates. E2Campus subscribers will get an emergency alert text message. To sign up for this important service please visit my.umbc.edu/go/alerts.

Where to find closing information:
We will distribute closing information to regional news outlets, outlined below, and with a posting on the UMBC homepage as the primary source for all closing information. Information will be posted on myUMBC, but there may be a time delay between when the announcement is entered and when it appears on the site, so please rely on UMBC's homepage as the primary source for closing information.

Do not depend on the news media for complete, accurate, up-to-date information. The campus hot line phone number and homepage should be used for updates on campus reopening information.

Baltimore Area

Washington Area

Radio

Frequency 

Radio

Frequency

WBAL

1090 AM

WAMU 

88.5 FM

WYPR

88.1 FM

WTOP

103.5 FM

WMBC 

560 AM  

TV  

 Station

TV

 Station

WMAR

Ch. 2

WJLA

Ch. 7

WBAL

Ch. 11

WUSA

Ch. 9

WJZ

Ch. 13

WTTG

Ch. 5

WBFF

Ch. 45

WRC

Ch. 4

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