On rare occasions, classes may need to be canceled and offices closed due to adverse weather conditions or for other emergency reasons. The provost decides if conditions warrant canceling classes or closing offices for the Newberg campus and each of the centers. Major considerations are road conditions, ice, utility service disruption, and how long the severe weather or emergency is likely to last. Decisions on day classes are announced by 6:30 a.m., if possible. Most decisions on evening classes are posted by 2:15 p.m.
Once the decision is made to cancel classes, close offices, or both, the communications office notifies local media and the university community. Announcements will specify which locations the closure affects. The Boise and Redmond Centers are responsible for informing the provost when closure is necessary, for contacting local media, and for notifying constituents of such cancellations.
Check these sources for the latest information:
- University Newsline: 503-554-3868
- University switchboard: 503-538-8383
- Local radio and television stations
- Television and newspaper websites:
When the university is closed, employees receive pay for that closed day as if they worked. Employees who are required to work during a closure as part of an emergency Plant Services crew or in any other capacity deemed essential by their supervisors are allowed to take corresponding time off within the following 30 days.
In unique circumstances, a decision may be made to cancel classes but keep offices open. In that case, administrators and support staff are notified by telephone to report to work, or they may check the recorded messages on Newsline or the switchboard. (Radio and television announcements about school closings may not make a distinction between classes being canceled and offices being closed.)
Weather may make it difficult or even impossible for some to come to campus even though the university is operating as usual. In no circumstances should employees or students put themselves in danger or peril in an attempt to get to campus. If they feel conditions are too hazardous for travel, they should not make the attempt. In this case, as soon as possible after 8 a.m., the employee should call and notify his or her supervisor of an absence or late arrival. Time missed from work in these situations should be recorded as vacation.