With winter coming, here are the dos and don'ts

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

As winter approaches, it is time to review the university’s policies and procedures for declaring curtailed operations. The decision to curtail is made when the Durham campus is, or is expected to be, unprepared for parking and pedestrian traffic, local road conditions preclude continuation of bus service and/or there are utility and power outages that impact the working environment.

The goal is, when possible, to announce curtailment by 4 a.m. Once curtailed operations is declared, only employees who perform priority support services are required to report to work or to remain at work. If you are unsure if your position is considered priority in a weather emergency, please check with your supervisor. If you are not considered priority, please do not travel to campus.

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

Do not call the police department to inquire about curtailed operations.

USNH Policy: Visit unh.edu/hr/curtailed-operations for links to the USNH employee (exempt and non-exempt) policies regarding the application of curtailed operations.

Wildcat Transit and Campus Connector will not operate during curtailed operations. For more information visit unh.edu/transportation.

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 visit https://www.unh.edu/dining.

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.

If UNH does 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 stay home and utilize vacation 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 (USY V.C.21) or described on the UNH HR website at  unh.edu/hr/workplace-flexibility.
  • 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 visit unh.edu/hr/workers-comp.

The university’s 2018-19 winter parking ban (WPB) is scheduled to commence on Jan. 1 and conclude on March 31, although start/end dates may be adjusted by official announcement if weather predictions require. While in effect, the WPB is in force from midnight until 6 a.m. daily regardless of weather conditions. Make yourself familiar with what lots are open, closed and when at unh.edu/transportation/winter-parking-ban.

UNH Manchester, UNH School of Law and Cooperative Extension county offices make weather-related decisions independent of UNH Durham.