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Weather Advisory: WIU-Macomb, QC Jan. 28 [Campuses Open]

January 27, 2014


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Posted 7 p.m. 1/27

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Members of the Western Illinois University community are reminded to plan ahead for winter weather conditions forecasted through Tuesday, Jan. 28. A weather advisory is in effect for the WIU-Macomb and –Quad Cities campuses from 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. At this time, both campuses will be open Jan. 28 and classes will be held. Go West is expected to be operating as scheduled. Schedules and route maps can be found at wiu.edu/student_services/go_west.

According to University policy, if an advisory is issued due to weather and students consider travel to campus unsafe, they should arrange with faculty to complete academic course requirements missed during the time of the advisory. Individual faculty members are responsible for their academic course requirements, and it is the individual faculty member's decision whether or not to grant a request to make up work that has been missed as a result of a University advisory. Faculty should be flexible with attendance policies during this period.

The weather advisory allows employees the option to use accrued vacation time, compensatory time or approved leave without pay after notifying their supervisor. An employee who determines that it is not safe to travel will not be subject to discipline for being absent. Supervisors are expected to honor reasonable requests of employees to arrive late or to leave early because of inclement weather.

In general, the university will typically remain open provided campus buildings are accessible and students, faculty and staff are able to take precautions to safely reach campus. The WIU policy on limiting University operations because of emergency conditions is available in the Administrative Procedures Handbook, which can be viewed at wiu.edu/policies/emergency.php.

For more information on ways to protect yourself from the cold, see winter safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/duringstorm/outdoorsafety.asp.

For complete weather forecasts and advisories, visit the National Weather Service at weather.gov. Winter driving conditions in Illinois can be found at http://wrc.gettingaroundillinois.com.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations