As the likelihood of wintry weather increases, campus leaders would like to remind the university community 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 the U-M Heath System, all Hospitals and Health Centers employees are designated as critical and are expected to report to work during regularly scheduled shifts whenever possible.

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