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Classes on Wednesday, but UI officials still urge caution during storm

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 8:01 AM

University of Iowa officials said Wednesday morning that classes will go on as scheduled, but they continue to urge faculty, staff and students to exercise caution and common sense when traveling to, from and about campus as yet another winter snowstorm moves through Eastern Iowa. Individual faculty may elect to cancel their classes based on their own assessment of the situation. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors if they have questions about their classes’ status.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Iowa City until 6 p.m. Wednesday, with forecasts calling for 8-12 inches of snow accumulation by late Wednesday. Combined with strong winds and possibly sleet and/or freezing rain, the snow could make travel dangerous or impossible, according to the National Weather Service.

University offices remain open in accordance with the UI's Extreme Weather Protocol in the UI Operations Manual. University employees are expected to make every reasonable effort to report to work as scheduled. Upon evaluation of their individual circumstances, employees are expected to make reasonable judgments to avoid serious risks when traveling to and from work.

Employees are encouraged to actively communicate with their supervisor or other proper authority regarding their timeliness and attendance during extreme weather conditions, in order to assure proper staffing. When delayed, employees may be expected to report to work as soon as they become available, unless otherwise excused by their supervisor, in order to meet operational needs. Supervisory staff are expected to utilize their discretion reasonably and humanely in relation to this policy.

Employees who lose work time because of weather extremes may arrange with a supervisor to make up the time during the same work week, use vacation time, or take the time as leave without pay. Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements may have different benefits.

For more information about the UI's weather policy, refer to the policy at

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CONTACT: Steve Parrott,, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972