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For all EMERGENCY CALLS dial 9-1-1
University Status Hotline
This program is governed by
University Policy 1.14 (Emergency Management)
Essential Personnel Program Policy
. In the event of severe weather conditions or emergency situations, the University may suspend normal operations and/or cancel classes. If this occurs, all units and employees deemed essential must remain at or report to their campuses as soon as conditions reasonably permit. During an emergency, Essential Units and Personnel provide services that relate directly to the health, safety, and welfare of the University, ensure continuity of critical/essential operations and functions, and maintain and protect University assets.
The designation of essential depends on an employee’s duties as well as the circumstances for the closing. It is important that effective communications occur between supervisors and employees in circumstances where an employee may not always be deemed essential:
Example 1: Buildings and Grounds employee. This employee will be essential for securing loose items on campus grounds, trimming trees and collecting and removing debris with regards to tropical cyclone preparation, response and recovery. Therefore the employee may be required to report on time and may be designated as essential for delayed openings. However, the employee may not be essential in the response or recovery period for a power-outage-related emergency.
Example 2: An employee with a deadline responsibility. This employee may have the responsibility to perform a certain task on a certain day, such as payroll/timekeeping input. On the day this task must be performed, the employee may be essential. However, on any other day, the employee may not be essential.
Example 3: University Police. This employee may be essential in all cases to ensure safety and protect life.
Additions and EP Category Changes must be approved by the appropriate Dean or Director and the Provost's Office or appropriate Vice President. Deletions must be approved by the Dean or Director. Personal information (home address, phone and e-mail) is optional but would be useful in contacting individuals. Questions regarding the Essential Personnel program should be directed to the appropriate Dean or Director or to the Department of Emergency Management.