Curtailed Operations

USNH policy - Curtailed operations compensation for PAT, EE, AA, FY Faculty (Exempt)
USNH policy - Curtailed operations compensation for OS (Non-Exempt)    

Curtailed Operations is all about ensuring safety (not work stoppage), as such on any day when a campus is closed because of a curtailed event the following guidance applies:

  • Both hourly and salaried staff should not report to work at campus locations (other than ‘Essential Staff’ – you should know who you are, if not ask your supervisor)
  • For those who currently work remotely, continue your remote work through the curtailment
  • If you are hourly paid and can’t complete a full day of work due to storm related issues (child care, storm damage, etc.) as required, please log the hours you do work - and for status hourly employees, submit a Curtailed Operations time off request in Kronos for the remainder of that particular daily schedule (see KRONOS job aid if needed).  Only status employees are eligible for curtailed operations pay.
    • In cases of internet/power outage at your home, please perform what work you can offline.
    •  Before the predicted storm or event occurs, it’s very helpful if you work with your supervisor to plan in advance by collecting items like readings, reviewing documents, special project assignments, other work documents that can be done without the use of electronic devices etc.
    • If you don’t have ‘off line work’ (or limited) or lack basic tools to work remotely and curtailed operations is declared, status employees will be paid via curtailed operations. Be sure to submit your Curtailed Operations time off request in Kronos before the close of the pay period.
  • If there was a pre-scheduled personal day off, the employee would keep that day as personal time.

The decision to curtail is made when the campus is, or is expected to be, unprepared for parking, pedestrian traffic, and local road conditions preclude the continuation of bus service and/or there are utility and power outages that impact our working environment.

Our goal is to announce curtailment prior to the day of the weather event. Once curtailed operations are declared, the campus will shift to non- face to face instruction wherever possible.  Only essential employees who perform priority support services are required to report to work or to remain at work, all other employees that can work remote are expected to do so. If you are unsure if your position is considered essential in a weather emergency, please check with your supervisor as they are responsible for determining essential employee eligibility. If you are not considered essential, please do not travel to campus.

During curtailed operations most buildings will be locked unless otherwise approved by Provost & Chief of Police. Campus Recreation will remain open unless otherwise noted.

A decision to curtail or delay operations will be announced via the following outlets:

DO NOT call the police department to inquire about curtailed operations.

Transportation: Wildcat Transit and Campus Connector will not operate during curtailed operations. For more information:

Dining: When the university curtails operations on the Durham campus, Holloway Commons and Philbrook Hall will operate from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. All other dining venues will close until the university reopens. For more information:

Access to buildings: Durham campus buildings are locked during curtailed operations. If you must have access during curtailed operations, please see your supervisor about obtaining a key. DO NOT call the police department to give you access. Laboratory work using hazardous materials or processes is not permitted during curtailed operations due to increased risk of power interruptions and delays in emergency response

UNH Durham is a walking northern New England campus. Snow and ice are a fact of life in our climate. If we do not declare curtailed operations, all offices are open and all classes are held as scheduled but please use common sense.

  • Wear proper footwear
  • Staff: if you don’t feel safe traveling to campus, please contact your supervisor, and stay home and utilize personal or earned time, or use accrued compensatory time. Prior arrangements must be made with your supervisor to take advantage of another flexible work arrangement as outlined in USNH policy (such as working remotely)  (USY V.C.21)
  • Faculty: if you don’t feel safe traveling to the Durham campus please make special effort to contact your students, especially commuter students, so that no one travels to UNH unnecessarily
  • To report incidents and injuries:

NOTE: The university’s winter parking ban (WPB) commences January 3rd and concludes on April 1st, although start/end dates may be adjusted by official announcement if weather predictions require.  While in effect, the WPB is in force 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., every night regardless of weather conditions.  Make yourself familiar with what lots are open, closed, and when at:
NOTE: UNH Manchester, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Granite State College and Cooperative Extension County offices make weather-related decisions independent of UNH Durham.