When Missouri S&T cancels classes and events due to severe winter weather, it doesn’t mean essential services for students cease and all employees stay home. Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member, please read on and learn in advance how a campus closure can affect you. Above all, please evaluate your personal situation and use your best judgment to stay safe.
On-campus services that continue
Services that continue on campus may include (but aren’t limited to) the following:
- Dining services for students: For menus and to see which locations are open, visit dineoncampus.com/mst.
- Custodial services in some areas, such as residential halls, will continue.
- Depending on the severity of the event, facilities including the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, S&T’s Student Recreation Center and Fitness Center may choose to close. Please check with those facilities in advance.
- University Police: Missouri S&T’s police department is open 24/7 and can be contacted at 573-341-4300. In an emergency, please dial 911.
Employees – check with your supervisor now to determine plans
Now is the best time to plan for severe weather operations. Please talk to your direct supervisor to make sure you understand what is expected of you if classes are canceled and most university services transition to remote operations. Supervisors, please touch base with your direct reports and ensure they each understand what is expected of them during severe weather and a campus closure.
Under the University of Missouri System’s Emergency Closure and Transition to Remote Operations policy (HR-217), employees will fall into four categories during an inclement weather event:
- Those who aren’t required to work on-site and will telework from home or another location.
- Those who cannot carry out their duties through telework and who are instructed that they are not required on-site to work will be compensated.
- Those who are required to telework and choose not to must take paid time off — either personal or vacation days.
- Those who are non-exempt (hourly) and are required to work on-site may be eligible to receive premium pay; those who are required to work on-site and choose not to will need to take paid time off — either personal or vacation days.
How to stay informed
If there is a change in campus status due to severe weather, the university will:
- Issue a text message to all registered cellphone numbers and an email to the campus community. A text message is the fastest way to receive alerts about emergencies and campus closings. Sign up for S&T alerts.
- Post information to the S&T Alert website.
- Post information to S&T’s social media channels.
- Inform local media outlets.
- Strive to provide campus status by 6 a.m. on weather-affected weekdays.