Winter Weather Policy

Updated 2/19/14

Tiffin Campus

If a Level 3 snow emergency is officially declared for Seneca County by the Sheriff, classes on the Tiffin campus will be cancelled and University offices will be closed. Unless otherwise communicated by the President or the President’s designee, classes will be held and University offices will be open if a snow emergency is at Level 1 or Level 2 or in other cases of severe winter weather.

If a snow emergency at Level 3 has been officially declared for Seneca County, University employees are not expected to travel to the Tiffin campus. Unless otherwise communicated by the President or the President’s designee, faculty members are expected to travel to the Tiffin campus to teach their classes and staff members are expected to travel to the Tiffin campus to report for work if a snow emergency for Seneca County is at Level 1 or 2 or in other cases of severe winter weather. If a Seneca County snow emergency is at Level 1 or 2 or in other cases of severe winter weather and an employee chooses not to report for work, the employee must inform his or her supervisor as far in advance as possible and staff members must take annual leave.

An exception to this policy will be made for any employee who lives in a county other than Seneca County that officially has a Level 3 snow emergency when Seneca County’s snow emergency is at Level 1 or 2. In this case, the employee is not expected to travel to the Tiffin campus, but must inform his or her supervisor as far in advance as possible.
If an instructor is not able to travel to the Tiffin Campus due to severe weather, the instructor must make arrangements for a colleague or others to take his/her class or may request permission from his or her School Dean as far in advance as possible to teach the class electronically using Moodle. Each Tiffin Campus course has a Moodle shell that can be used to create discussion opportunities, send emails to students, and/or communicate assignments.

If classes are being held during severe winter weather, and a commuter student does not attend class due to health reasons or safety concerns, the instructor should allow the student an excused absence.

If classes have been cancelled and University offices have been closed, certain staff members may be designated by the President or the President’s designee as “essential personnel” and may be asked to report for work. Any hourly staff member who is asked to work when the campus has been closed will be paid at a rate of time and one-half per hour. Any exempt staff member who is asked to work when the campus is closed will be given compensatory time off at a later date.

Locations Other Than the Tiffin Campus

For Tiffin University classes that are taught at locations other than the Tiffin campus, instructors and other University employees should follow the same procedure as described above. The director of each academic center will serve as the President’s designee to determine and communicate any exceptions when there is a snow emergency of Level 1 or 2 for the county where the academic center is located. Tiffin University classes that are taught on a community college campus will be cancelled if the community college cancels its classes.