The University academic calendar is constructed with the expectation that
instructional and other programs will be carried out as scheduled. To the
extent practicable, the University will adhere to the academic calendar
despite weather conditions. The University also will maintain services to
residents in University facilities. However, the University may delay
openings or close the campus in the event that inclement weather
conditions pose a serious threat to the health and safety of the
These guidelines describe the procedures the University of Maryland
follows in response to inclement weather conditions.
The term "inclement weather" refers to the conditions that constitute a
hazardous weather emergency, as determined by the Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs and Provost in consultation with the Department of
Cancellation of Classes and Programs
Where the terms "delayed opening," " early closing," and "campus
closed" are used in notices, they will be understood to mean that, for a
specified period of time, all classes will be canceled, and all university
offices and non-essential services will be closed, except those
specifically excepted in the notices. The sponsors and coordinators of
scheduled events and programs will determine their status, and will
communicate directly with their guests and participants.
Reporting for Class and Work
University students and employees are expected to report for classes and
work as scheduled, unless otherwise notified through established campus
procedures. They are also expected to exercise good judgment regarding
their personal circumstances.
The President (or designee) may declare a policy of Liberal Leave, in
which case non-essential employees who choose not to report to work, or to
report late, or to leave early because of weather conditions not yet
declared a hazardous weather emergency may be excused. Such excused
absences will be charged to appropriate paid or unpaid leave.
Essential employees are required to report for duty and to perform their
duties despite the notification of a weather-related emergency. The term
"essential employee" will be deemed to include an employee of a facility
who has been designated as vital to the operation of the facility, whose
presence is required regardless of the existence of an emergency
condition, and whose absence from duty would endanger the safety and well
being of the campus population and/or physical plant. Employees are
advised to consult with their supervisors to determine whether they are
essential or non-essential employees, and to obtain specific information
about the proper reporting procedures.
In those circumstances in which faculty members are unable to meet with
their classes due to weather conditions that do not result in delayed
openings or campus closings, faculty are expected to consult with their
department chairpersons prior to canceling their classes.
Students are encouraged to notify their professors in the event that the
students are unable to attend class due to weather conditions that do not
result in delayed openings or campus closings.
The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will be
responsible for determining when safety considerations require delayed
openings or campus closings. This decision will be made in consultation
with the Snow Command Center in Facilities Management regarding the
Type of forecast conditions (i.e., wind, snow, ice)
Severity of forecast conditions
Reliability of the forecast
Conditions of campus roads, parking areas, sidewalks and exterior
Readiness and mobilization level of grounds maintenance operations
Feasibility of continued operation of ShuttleUM
Traffic and roadway conditions in surrounding vicinity
Conditions at the University of Maryland University College campus
Impact on the academic program
Implications for the academic calendar, including the commencement and
Closings and Delayed Openings:
When conditions are predicted to affect the daytime schedule, reasonable
effort will be made to announce delayed opening of campus facilities or
campus closing no later than 6:00 a.m.
When conditions develop during the business day or are predicted to occur
during the evening hours, closings will be announced as soon as
practicable. The announcement will include the time at which the closing
will take effect.
When conditions are predicted to occur during weekends, holidays and
breaks, the status of the campus will be determined in accordance with the
procedure described in section V.A, above. In addition, program sponsors
and coordinators will consult directly with the Snow Command Center
regarding the status of any events or programs scheduled to occur during
such weekends, holidays and breaks.
The University offers courses and services at numerous sites beyond the
campus at College Park. Specifically,
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources operates in county
offices throughout the state of Maryland.
The R.H. Smith School of Business operates in Baltimore, Montgomery
County (Shady Grove Center), and Washington, D.C.
The A. James Clark School of Engineering operates in Montgomery County
(Shady Grove Center), and St. Mary's County (Southern Maryland Higher
Education Center). (In past years, live courses have been offered in the
Higher Education Applied Technology Center in Harford County.)
The College of Education offers lives courses in Howard, Montgomery
and Prince George's Counties, and expects to expand its offerings to the
Eastern Shore and Harford County next year.
The academic deans of the colleges and schools that administer these
programs are authorized to develop and publicize inclement weather
procedures for their offsite programs. These procedures should include a
method for notifying faculty, staff and students of the status of
facilities, classes, and services.
The Office of University Communications will be responsible for
communicating weather alerts and schedule adjustments to the general
campus community and to the general public. The weather alerts and
weather-related schedule adjustments will be announced on the University
website (http://www.umd.edu/) and "snow phone line" (301-405-SNOW), and
reported to local radio and television stations. The announcements will
include a request that guests and participants in scheduled events and
programs contact the program and event sponsors or coordinators regarding
the status of events and programs that are scheduled to occur during the
period in which the campus will be closed.
The Work Control Center in the Department of Facilities Management
will be responsible for announcing delayed openings and closings to the
following offices and units: Campus Recreation Services, Dining Services,
Personnel Services Department, Residential Facilities, ShuttleUM, Stamp
Student Union Information Desk, University Health Center, and University
Sponsors and coordinators of programs and events scheduled to
occur during the winter months are encouraged to develop a means of
directly notifying guests and participants of the status of scheduled
events that may be impacted by inclement weather and campus closings.
Faculty are encouraged to develop and publicize a method of
communicating directly with students in the event that faculty members are
unable to meet with their classes due to weather conditions that do not
result in delayed openings and campus closings. Faculty will contact
their department chairs prior to canceling classes due to these weather
Academic Calendar and Academic Requirements:
Adjustments to the academic calendar, and exceptions to academic
requirements due to inclement weather will be made by the Senior Vice
President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the academic deans in
accordance with university policy.