Policy on Extreme Weather Conditions


This interim policy establishes guidelines for all campuses of the University concerning operations during periods of extreme weather conditions or other emergency circumstances. This policy applies to all University employees and students. (The UPMC Health System policy on this issue is separate and distinct from the University of Pittsburgh policy.)


Only by authorization of the Chancellor shall the University be officially closed. The presidents of the regional campuses are authorized to officially close their respective campuses.

Given the range of institutional programs, the number of essential services provided, and the continuing needs of resident students, the University will remain open in all but the most extreme circumstances. However, all University employees and students are urged to use their own discretion in deciding whether they can safely commute to class or to work. If personal health or safety is at issue in that decision, responsible judgment should be used.

Students/Class Announcements

Cancellation of classes does not imply that the University is closed.

Instructors who are unable to meet a scheduled class should contact their school or department to inform them that the class is canceled because of the instructor's inability to arrive on campus.

Students who have questions regarding a specific class should contact the school or department that offers the course to determine whether a class is being held as regularly scheduled. In situations where the University holds classes off campus, students and instructors should contact the department that sponsors the course to determine the status of that class. Decisions on opening or closing off-campus facilities may be made independently of the University of Pittsburgh.

All Employees

In the event that an employee is unable to report to work at the appointed time, he/she should contact his/her supervisor, within the first hour of the workday, directly.

Essential Personnel

In the event that the University is officially closed, essential functions must be maintained and essential personnel may be required to report to work. Essential personnel at the Pittsburgh Campus will be designated by the Chancellor in consultation with the Provost, the Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, and the Executive Vice Chancellor. A listing of essential personnel will be maintained by each responsibility center head for his/her respective areas. Essential personnel at the regional campuses will be designated by the respective regional campus president.

For guidelines on the compensation of staff employees during periods of extreme weather conditions and a listing of radio and television stations that will announce modifications to normal University operations during extreme weather conditions, University-wide Closure and Class Cancellation Policy (formerly University Policy 07-04-02, Extreme Weather Conditions).