Brush up on Iowa State's winter weather policies


Photo submitted to ISU Photostream by Steven Lonergan.

Forecasters are calling for another mild winter, but that doesn't mean Mother Nature will play nice. Here are some things to remember when you awaken on a workday to sub-zero temperatures, howling winds and blowing snow.

Cancellations and closures

For information on cancellations and closures, check the:

Where to park

Severe weather policies and information

Winter Weather FAQ

ISU Policy Library: "Severe Weather and Emergency Closings"

AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement (PDF): See Article XI, Section 6, "Severe Weather/Emergency Closings"

If your usual parking lot hasn't been cleared of snow by 7:30 a.m., parking is available at:

  • Iowa State Center (lots A3, A4, B5 and B6); CyRide will shuttle drivers to campus via the free orange route
  • Lots 29 and 30, north of Molecular Biology
  • Lot 41, north of General Services Building

If classes are canceled, but the university is not closed

  • University offices will remain open
  • Employees who can't make it to work should contact their immediate supervisors
  • Employees may request to make up the time, use vacation or take leave without pay
  • Staff covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to language in the severe weather part of the contract

If the university is officially closed

  • Classes are canceled and most university offices are closed
  • Vital operational areas (police, parking, food service, power plant, animal care, critical maintenance or snow removal) generally are not closed; employees should follow specific policies established for those areas
  • Some staff members whose offices are closed may elect to work regular hours, with supervisor approval