Snowstorm brings reminder of U-M’s severe-weather policy


Monday brought an early, yet snowy example of winter weather’s impact on University of Michigan faculty and staff, and with it a reminder from campus leaders about the policy for reducing operations in an emergency weather situation.

The university remains open at all times in order to provide services to students, patients and to the public.

In short-term severe weather conditions, the university may declare an emergency reduction in operations and reduce non-critical operations on campus. During such a time, only faculty and staff who have been previously designated as critical should report to campus.

Non-critical faculty and staff should not report to work during reduced operations. For more information, see the university’s Standard Practice Guide on Emergency Reduction in Operations, SPG 201.27.

Each school, college and administrative unit is responsible for identifying both the operations — such as police, medical, animal care, etc. — and the specific employees designated critical to report to campus during reduced operations.

Notification of a campuswide emergency reduction in operations will be made through the U-M Emergency Alert system, the U-M homepage and local media outlets.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up for the U-M Emergency Alert system on Wolverine Access. Leaders at UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint will make decisions about reductions of operations on their respective campuses.

In the event severe weather begins after staff members are at work, it is up to each department to determine whether employees may leave early.

For Michigan Medicine, all employees at the hospitals and health centers are designated as critical and are expected to report to work during regularly scheduled shifts whenever possible.

Michigan Medicine faculty and staff should refer to the Severe Weather Plan — accessible from any Michigan Medicine computer or computer logged into the Virtual Private Network — for detailed information on preparedness and response to winter weather.



  1. Denise Schroeder
    on November 12, 2019 at 6:09 am

    The Grounds Department at UM does an amazing job under very difficult conditions. They all deserve recognition and thanks.

  2. Martha Moon
    on November 12, 2019 at 6:55 am

    A BIG hearty “THANK YOU” to the team who were clearing the snow and ice @CSRB this morning @5:45am when I arrived. The main entrance to the E-Wing was iced shut and the team was at another entry where I pulled in asking for assistance. Not only did the kind lady who was working to remove snow and ice stop what she was doing and offered help, but also volunteered to go and park my car so I didn’t have to trudge through the ice and snow. Service like this truly goes above and beyond the call of duty!!!! How blessed we are to have a team like this.

  3. Elysehanh Larsen
    on November 12, 2019 at 8:03 am

    BRAVO to the Grounds Department Team! Without them we won’t be able to open our office.

  4. Latasha Webster
    on November 12, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Thank you so much to the grounds staff that cleared the Rackham stairs and walk way! You are appreciated.

  5. Jill Baker
    on November 13, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I submitted a facilities request when leaving work last night becaues the handicap entrance to my building was still treacherous and impassable to wheelchairs and it remains so this morning. I know it’s a lot of work, but on my part of campus, pretty much all the sidewalks are still ice covered and treacherous. Same goes for the crosswalks. It’s shameful.

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