40.10.0 Inclement Weather Policy

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SUNY Canton is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students and employees. Severe weather systems can pose a risk to those traveling to and from campus. It is essential that unsafe travel conditions be determined and class delays or changes be communicated to students and employees as quickly as possible, and in the case of early morning weather, prior to the start of morning classes.

University Police will monitor weather conditions and make recommendations to the President’s designee(s). The Provost is the designee for scheduled class concerns. Each area division head will serve as designee for employee scheduling concerns in their division. The VP for Student Affairs will serve as the designee for student activity scheduling concerns. Final determinations are made by the appropriate designee, and when necessary, they will advise the Director of Public Relations to release information via the proper channels.   

Members of the SUNY Canton community should also be aware of the following: 

  • SUNY Canton has an Emergency Response Plan set forth in the College Policies and Procedures Manual. Nothing in this policy should be interpreted as superseding the Emergency Response Plan. 
  • The closing of the SUNY Canton campus can only occur following a directive from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. The College is allowed to make changes in class schedules or mode of delivery due to weather or other emergency conditions without a directive from the Governor’s Office. 

Remote Operations Expectations 

  • Classes delivered in a remote modality are expected to continue course work as scheduled. 
  • All faculty should be prepared to shift their face-to-face classes to online instruction. Clinicals, labs, and other hands-on classes should move online at the instructor’s discretion. Faculty should communicate their expectations with their students regarding shifts of these activities to remote learning in their syllabi and at the beginning of each semester. 
  • All off-campus college activities will follow the determined classroom schedule adjustments unless otherwise noted. 
  • Area division heads and/or supervisors should clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities to their employees during a shift to remote operations. 

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