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Because the majority of EMU students live on or very near campus, classes are 
canceled only for extreme weather conditions. In the event of class cancellation
because of weather, announcements will be made over local radio and television
stations and posted on EMU’s website. Students should use good judgment about
whether they can safely drive to campus when there are bad weather conditions in their
area and classes are not canceled. Students who miss classes because of weather are
expected to contact their instructors as early as possible. Faculty are expected to be
flexible about making up absences. All class assignments should be made up within a

week of the missed classes unless otherwise arranged with the instructor.

Because of the unique nature of responsibilities at a residential institution, it is very 
difficult to "close" for inclement weather. Many employees need to be at work to provide
essential services for students. During times of inclement weather when classes are
canceled, normal expectations of employee attendance will be liberalized. This means
that employees should use their judgment with respect to whether or not to come to or
remain at work. The policy with respect to compensation will be the same as for
personal absences from work (i.e., persons will be expected to either make up the time,
report it as vacation/personal days, or take it as unpaid leave). This policy applies to

office, physical plant and administrative employees.

The definition of which employees (among all faculty, staff, and administrators) are essential will vary depending on the circumstances. However, there is a core of essential personnel who should remain in most circumstances. [More at Essential Personnel - Crisis Mangement]