December 15, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 40

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Turn on TV, radio or computer when ice strikes

This week’s Arctic winds and freezing rain serve as chilly reminders that Old Man Winter has returned to South Texas. Now is the time to get reacquainted with the Health Science Center’s emergency closing policy, found in section 2.10 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures.

On icy mornings, employees and students should pay close attention to local newscasts. In the event the university is closed, an announcement will be sent to major television and radio stations and will be posted on the UTHSC Web site.

The emergency closing policy states that the Health Science Center will remain open in severe weather unless conditions are such that the majority of faculty, staff and students are unable to travel safely to the campus.

If the president or his designee determines that the Health Science Center should be closed, word will be sent to the major radio and TV stations, university police and other designated personnel.

In general, this notification will take place no earlier than 9 p.m. the previous evening and no later than 6 a.m. of the day in question. If the TV and radio stations do not make an announcement, it may be assumed that the Health Science Center is open.

Faculty, staff and students are expected to make every reasonable effort to meet their assigned responsibilities. If the Health Science Center is not closed but an employee believes he cannot make it in safely, he should inform his supervisor by telephone as soon as possible and his absence will be charged to his leave balance or result in a reduction of pay.

If an employee has essential responsibilities as defined by his department and carries them out during a time of official closing, that person may earn compensatory time equal to the time worked.