Inclement Weather Policy
As a general policy, the College remains open and fully operational during snow storms and other weather emergencies. Any need for closure of the offices will be determined by the President upon recommendation of Director of Campus Safety.
In cases of extreme weather, tune in to any of the TV and radio stations listed below to determine if the College is closed. These stations will carry announcements of any delays in openings or closure of the College between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
|WAEB (104.1 FM, 790 AM)||WZZO (95.0 FM)||WMUH (91.7 FM)|
|WODE (99.9 FM)||WCTO (96.1 FM)||WLEV (100.7 FM)|
|WBYN (1160 AM)||WWYY (107.1 FM)|
|and TV Channels 69 (WFMZ), 28 (WBRE), and 22 (WYOU)|
The College has a very convenient "Weather Hotline" as well. The fastest way to learn of the latest weather emergency update for the College is to call the Weather Hotline, 484-664-6000. The Office of Communications also sends out a message to all students and posts weather updates on the Message Board. Should a delayed opening be announced, class schedules will not be rearranged, but will adhere to regular meeting times.
If the College remains open, but inclement weather makes travel difficult, individual classes may be canceled at the faculty member's discretion. Faculty members are encouraged to let students know of cancellations via the e-mail features on capstone or canvas. Faculty members holding classes on days when some faculty are forced to cancel classes are also encouraged to communicate this electronically to students to reduce phone calls to offices. Students are responsible for checking their campus e-mail frequently on such days in order to keep informed about class closings and openings.
If changing weather conditions during the day require a decision on early closing of the College, an "Everyone Group" email will be used to disseminate the information. Departments with individuals who do not have computer access will be expected to relay the message by phone to those individuals. Classes scheduled to begin after an announced early closing time are cancelled, unless they are online courses or faculty plan to hold on online session in lieu of face-to-face class.
For the safety of the entire Muhlenberg Community, when a determination is made to close the College, all classes other than online classes are cancelled. Online classes may also be cancelled at the faculty member's discretion. Faculty have the option of holding an online class session for their face-to-face course if the College closes. Resources for conducting online classes are available here:
Zoom - Available through OneLogin. For more information on web conferencing with Zoom, click here.
Kaltura - Available through Canvas. For information, including FAQs, click here.
Service Personnel will report to work at their regularly scheduled times during all weather emergencies unless specifically instructed otherwise by their supervisors.
Staff Associates, both bi-weekly and monthly paid, are paid based on hours recorded in Workday. Should staff associates not come in to work due to weather issues, and the College is open, there are several options:
- Submit the day as "Personal" for the usual scheduled number of hours (no pay impact) OR
- Submit the day as "Vacation" for the usual scheduled number of hours (no pay impact) OR
- Submit zero hours for the day and:
- make the time up during the same pay period so your paycheck remains the same OR
- make the time up in a later pay period, in which case one check will be less than usual and the next will be more than usual - this is find as long as the total number of hours for the year are within the budgeted annual hours for your position OR
- choose not to make up the time, in which case your paycheck will be less than usual
When the College closes for a full day for snow, staff members should submit their regularly scheduled number of hours in Workday and will be paid for the day. In the event of early closing or delayed start, any "snow" hours that occurred during a staff member's regular schedule should be submitted as regular hours. Staff who had scheduled vacation time or were on sick/disability status on a day that the College closed for snow will retain the vacation or sick/disability designation for that day to ensure accurate vacation and sick time tracking.