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Hazardous weather: What to do if winter weather strikes

January 3, 2018

Winter weather in South Carolina is unpredictable, so it’s a good time to review Clemson University’s emergency closing policy and emergency closing procedure so you’ll know what to do if conditions deteriorate.

University officials monitor local weather conditions before making decisions to cancel classes, close offices or delay openings. You can find updates on the status of Clemson classes and office closings at these sources:

Here are some important things to remember:

Only the governor can forgive time lost, so any part of your usual workday missed due to hazardous weather must be satisfied. Any announcement on TV or radio most likely applies to classes and students. A little further investigation may be in order.

Clemson University is a state agency with employees spread throughout the state. If the governor has declared all state agencies closed, Clemson will be closed. If the governor has not declared all state agencies closed and only portions of the state are impacted, you should investigate whether or not your Clemson work location is closed or on delay through these steps:

  • Visit the county government offices website, which lists county-by-county closings.
  • Review the county government office’s schedule for your Clemson workplace.
  • Follow the schedule of that county’s government office.

Special Note: If your supervisor deems you “essential” to maintain vital operations, you need to report to work during the closing.

The bottom line is that each employee must take responsibility for the following:

  • knowing and understanding the emergency closing procedure,
  • getting information on weather conditions and pertinent announcements about the university,
  • determining the safety of travel arrangements, and
  • working with supervisors to satisfy any work time missed.


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