Inclement Weather Instructions for DUSON Faculty and Staff

DUSON Faculty and Staff are considered "Delayed Service Employees" during Inclement Weather Alerts.

When conditions warrant, the Emergency Coordinator at Duke University will issue a statement on Severe Weather/Hazardous Conditions. Updates on severe weather, cancellations, and closure are available online at emergency.duke.edu or by calling 684-INFO (4636).

Duke University School of Nursing follows the Duke University severe weather policy. When the University makes the decision to close and cancel classes, Duke University School of Nursing will follow that decision and will be closed.

In general, faculty and staff at DUSON are considered to be in the "delayed service" category. “Delayed service” faculty and staff should not report to work or remain at work when a severe weather closure has been declared. In cases when the University remains open with classes in session but weather conditions remain questionable, the same guiding principle that prioritizes personal safety for students and faculty applies to staff as well. Staff members who judge it prudent not to travel during inclement weather have the responsibility to inform their supervisor. They will generally be expected to use vacation or discretionary holidays to account for any weather-related absences when the University is considered open, unless an agreement to work from home is approved by their supervisor in advance.

When the University remains open with classes in session but weather conditions remain questionable, individual DUSON faculty and/or clinical instructors (in consultation with their course coordinator) may choose to cancel their class or clinical group, with student and personal safety as the guiding principle. Individual faculty or clinical instructors then have the responsibility to communicate directly with their students regarding the cancellation of class(es)/clinic(s). This cancellation protocol will also be used by DUSON administrators for DUSON-sponsored public events, such as information sessions and recruitment activities.

Students Participating in Clinical Experiences

Weather and travel conditions near clinical sites attended by our students may be different than conditions on the Duke campus in Durham. As such, when the University closes and cancels classes, individual DUSON clinical instructors (in consultation with their course coordinator) may choose to proceed as scheduled with a clinical group or cancel. Student and personal safety and the clinical site’s open/closed status should guide this decision. Clinical instructors then have the responsibility to communicate directly with their students regarding the rescheduling of clinical days. Students who feel unsafe travelling to a clinical site when the clinical experience will proceed as planned should prioritize personal safety and be in contact with their clinical instructor or preceptor prior to the start of the scheduled clinical experience to discuss plans.

When questionable conditions exist, it is possible that on-campus support services will be limited (i.e. IT support for classroom AV and lecture recording, mail room, food service) due to staff absences.

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