Severe winter weather: Know ISU's policies, procedures


File photo by Bob Elbert.

Don't let the warm temperatures and sunny skies fool you -- winter is coming. Here's a summary of Iowa State's cancellation and closing guidelines when severe winter weather strikes.

Cancellations and closures

To learn about ISU cancellations and closures, check the:

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

The university is closed

  • Classes are canceled and most university offices are closed
  • Vital operations (i.e., police, parking, food service, power plant, animal care, critical maintenance or snow removal) generally are not closed; employees should follow policies established for those areas
  • Employees who are unsure if they should report to work should communicate with their supervisors
  • Some staff members whose offices are closed may choose to work regular hours, with supervisor approval

Where to park if lots aren't cleared

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

For more information, see the parking section of the environmental health and safety website.