Penn State - Human Resources
GUIDELINE'S INITIAL DATE: February 18, 1975
THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: December 13, 2008
To provide a uniform method of handling "weather day" absences that occur when employees are prevented or delayed from getting to work, or leave work early, because of a severe storm with heavy snow accumulation, icy roads, flooding, etc. Also, to provide guidelines in the event the University is closed officially by the President, or if a campus of the University is closed by the chief executive officer or dean of that campus.
When a "weather day" occurs, usually some employees make it to work and others do not. The University does not give free time off for such absences, unless the President, chief executive officer, or dean of a campus officially closes the facility; no one else may authorize free time off. Time missed is accounted for by permitting the employee to elect to be paid for the absence by charging the time to accumulated vacation or personal holiday, if applicable.
Similarly, if employees are given permission to leave work early, the work time missed is accounted for either as vacation or personal holiday, if applicable.
If the President of the University officially closes the University, or if a campus of the University is closed by the chief executive officer or dean of that campus, the following conditions apply, unless otherwise specified by the President at any time during the period of the official closedown:
Employees in other than essential services, as determined by the supervisor - -
Employees in essential services, as determined by the supervisor - -