Although such occurrences are rare, severe weather conditions sometimes require the University of Nevada, Reno to suspend services in order to protect public health and secure the campus. In the event the University must close, the public and campus community will be notified through the local media.
Storm-related information: suspension of classes, administrative functions, special events, or specific building closures or openings will be available on local television news channels. Should the University close, local media will be notified and they may opt to include this news in their broadcasts. Listeners should consider the information on radio and television to be accurate. The operational status of the University will be reviewed regularly and announcements will be made as to when the campus will reopen.
In the rare occurrence that the University closes before the end of the workday, notification is relayed through established administrative channels. That is the president’s office notifies the executive vice president and provost and vice presidents; they notify the deans and other equivalent administrators; the deans/administrators will notify the departments in their college/school/unit.
There is a provision in the state personnel rules that allows the “appointing authority” to grant administrative leave with pay to classified staff due to a natural disaster or other similar adverse condition. Only the president or provost can authorize such leave.
Those employees who work in positions that are designated as “essential services” are expected to work their normal shifts when the campus is closed. For those employees who are not expected to work due to prearrange vacation time or those who are out on sick leave due to illness, must charge the time off to either annual or sick leave as planned.
If you have any questions about how this weather situation may impact your specific work area, please see your supervisor. If you find yourself in a situation that appears to warrant administrative leave, you should work through appropriate administrative channels (supervisor to department chair or director to the dean or equivalent administrator through the vice president) for resolution.