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New year hails changes in inclement weather policy

Submitted by Ricky Harris on January 20, 2011 – 2:11 pmNo Comment

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UALR will now make an independent decision concerning inclement weather closures, a change from the previous policy, according to Chancellor Joel Anderson.

In the past, UALR has canceled classes using the decision of the Little Rock School District.  Effective Jan. 1, the UALR chancellor will now decide whether or not weather conditions warrant the university’s closure.  In an e-mail sent to all students, faculty and staff, the policy stated, “UALR will make a decision whether or not to close based on all available information.”

Employees and students will be notified using the UALR website, UALR e-mail and the campus emergency alert system, along with announcements through local television and radio stations.

The policy also stated, “When necessary, the University will announce a separate decision about cancelling night classes (those classes starting at 4:20 p.m. or later) by 2:00 p.m., if possible.”

Web-enhanced or online classes will not follow the inclement weather policy unless the respective faculty member determines the need.

Although classes may not be canceled, the policy does remind students and employees that road conditions aren’t the same in all locations, so everyone is expected to use their best judgment when determining the safety of travel.

If classes are canceled during the final examination period of a given semester, the provost, along with the faculty senate president, will reschedule the missed examinations.

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