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2020 Inclement Weather Announcement

Dear Members of the Vassar College Community,

In the event of significant snow and/or ice weather conditions resulting in poor road conditions, as guided by local and regional highway and law enforcement agencies, the College may choose to delay the opening of administrative offices, may close or may close early, while maintaining necessary services for support of academic programs and students in residence. Please check with student services, e.g. Main Library or Athletics for their hours of service. For those employees with early work hours, the Hotline will be updated by 5a.m. each morning of a weather related event.

Campus Emergency Information & Weather Hotline: 845-437-7755 or 845-437-7756

In addition, the following media outlets may provide guidance as to weather delays or closures:

92.1FM WRNQ 93.3 FM WBWZ 96.1. FM KISS
107.3 FM WRWD 1450 AM WKIP 94.3 FM WOLF
96.9 FM WRRV 97.7 FM WCZX 101.5 FM WPDH
100.7 FM WHUD 104.7 FM WSPK 1260 AM WBNR

Weather conditions may vary in outlying areas and employees should always exercise judgment in determining the safety of road conditions necessary to travel to Vassar College.

Weather related information, in the event of closures or delays, is also available on the Vassar College InfoSite.

A number of campus offices and departments must provide basic services both when students are and are not in residence. If you are an employee, required to work during an emergency (“ essential employees ”), you must work up until your release time to receive inclement weather compensation. If you have questions about whether you are required to work in the event of a weather-related closure or delay, please speak as soon as possible with your supervisor or contact HR to clarify the expectations.

If an official announcement has not been made, as described above regarding a change in normal work hours and the employees are NON-ESSENTIAL, employees should immediately contact their supervisor about the situation and must record time missed. Failure to report to work on time or notify the supervisor may reflect negatively on the employees’ performance as a “no call/no show” event. ESSENTIAL employees are required to report to work. The allowable time submitted if you don’t report to work is determined by union contracts.

Whenever sidewalk and road conditions are in question, please wear appropriate footwear for the conditions, drive carefully and allow extra time for commuting or cross-campus travel. Please contact Human Resources, X5820, if you have questions.

Snow Event Parking Restrictions

During snow events our campus roadways and parking lots must be cleared to accommodate the daily operations of the college. In order to enable effective snow removal operations, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING (11:00 pm to 6:00 am) is allowed on campus roadways (including Josselyn Roadway, Main Campus Drive and Kasper Kill) or in the following parking lots: Kenyon, Noyes, Cushing, North Lot, Josselyn, Jewett, Quad houses, Baldwin, Ely, Main Circle, Sanders and Vogelstein CDF.

Town House residents who park around the center circle must move their vehicles to the Prentiss Field Parking Lot. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING (11:00 pm to 6:00 am) is allowed around the TH center circle area.

Terrace apartment residents have permanent alternate winter parking assigned in the Golf Course Lot from December 1st of each year through the end of Spring Break of each year. No parking is allowed on Terrace Lane during the winter season (December 1st – End of Spring Break). Signs are in place to designate alternate parking spaces. Please check the signs to ensure you are in the correct area.

If you are parked in any of the restricted areas listed during the hours noted, your vehicle will be towed at your expense.

Further, if the snow event continues into the next day, the parking restrictions will be extended until the snow event has subsided and roadways are cleared.

Bicycles not secured to bicycle racks, or stored in bicycle storage rooms often impede accessibility and snow removal. All bicycles found chained to railings or other areas not designated for bicycle storage will be removed by Facilities Operations. You will need to contact Safety & Security (845-437-5221) to arrange to pick up the bicycle.

Whenever sidewalk and road conditions are in question, please wear appropriate footwear for the conditions, drive carefully and allow extra time for commuting or cross-campus travel. Please contact Human Resources, X5820, if you have questions.

Travel Safely,

Ruth E. Spencer
Assoc. V.P. for Human Resources

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, December 14, 2020