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Emergency Closings

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First Published  :Wed Nov 26 21:49:11 GMT 2014
Last Modified  :Fri Jan 19 14:33:12 GMT 2018
Last Published  :Fri Jan 19 14:33:12 GMT 2018
Summary :  Reference for all current employees and faculty that have inquiries about emergency closings or early release at the University. Audience: Employees, Faculty, Staff


Primary Information

    Infrequently, the University may suspend operations for reasons such as national, state, or city emergencies; floods; fire; power failure; hazardous weather conditions; or severe transportation difficulties. Emergency closings are implemented by the Vice President of Operations on a campus-by-campus basis. Operations will serve as the central source of direction for emergency control activities and communications during a period of emergency. A decision to announce an emergency closing will be communicated to the appropriate individuals and areas of the University. Employees should already be aware if they are considered “essential personnel” during the course of an emergency closing; refer all employees back to their supervisors to clarify whether or not they are required to work during such a closing event.
    If you have reason to believe that an emergency situation may exist on campus, contact your supervisor immediately for further information or instructions. If you are at home or away from your work area, information concerning an emergency at Tufts will likely be broadcast over local television or radio stations that usually carry information such as WBZ (1030 AM), WHDH (850 AM), and WORC (1310 AM). Information is updated as early as 6AM. The Tufts Information Line is 617.627.INFO (4636) for Medford and Boston or 508.839.6124 for the Grafton Campus. In addition, you can check Tufts’ webpage “Inside Tufts” where closings are listed.

    Please refer to the policy, “Emergency Closings” and “Essential Personnel” sections of the Employee Handbook for more general information regarding Tufts policies on emergency closings.

    The Earnings Code for "Paid Snow Closure" is 010 for employees who do NOT work during the snow closure. This does not apply to Students or Temps. 

    if you call in sick or take a vacation/personal day for a snow day, you still use your personal time if the university is closed or closes later in the day.  If you are already on vacation when the university closes, a vacation day is still charged.

    If a non-exempt employee works during the closure, the employee will receive regular pay in addition to either compensatory time off during the same work week, subject to work requirements, at the rate of 1 ½ hours for each hour worked or be paid at a rate of 1 ½ times regular pay for each hour worked during the closing.

    Departments who require employees to work can use the below Earnings Codes
    104-Weather Closure that pays at 1.5 
    105- Weather Closure that pays at 2.0.( this pays double time)


Related Information


    Link to Employee Handbook






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