University of Wisconsin-Parkside inclement weather policies draw important distinctions between “cancelling classes,” and “closing the university.” During a weather emergency, a decision may be made to: 1. hold classes and keep the university open; 2. cancel classes and keep the university open; 3. close the university.
Inclement Weather – Classes Not Cancelled
Faculty and staff who cannot get to campus will notify their unit or departmental offices as early as possible.
Inclement Weather – All Classes Cancelled
When all classes are cancelled and the university remains open, employees must use their own judgment in reporting to work. Decisions affecting morning and afternoon classes are ordinarily made by 6 a.m.; decisions affecting evening classes that start after 4:30 p.m. are ordinarily made in the early afternoon (see Notification below).
Inclement Weather – University Closed
When the university is closed and all classes are cancelled, employees are not required to report to work. However, there are campus operations that must continue despite the weather: campus police, snow removal, power plant, food service for residential students, etc. For employees in those areas, please contact your supervisor for schedule details. If the university is closed, the Human Resources Department will inform employees about the proper method for reporting “lost time.”
If all classes are cancelled OR if the university is closed due to inclement weather, a notice will be posted on the UW-Parkside website home page (www.uwp.edu) and emergency page, and will be sent by email to all faculty, staff, and students.
Those who subscribe to the Ranger Alert will receive a “classes cancelled” or “university closed” text message via cell phone. Here is the link to sign up for Ranger Alert: https://www.uwp.edu/departments/safety/ranger.alert/.
You may also access this information through the UW-Parkside information line (262-595-2345) and on the area radio and television stations listed below.
The radio and television stations ordinarily confine announcements to stating only whether the university is open or closed, and the announcement may not make the distinction between classes being cancelled and the university being closed. It’s always a good idea to check the UW-Parkside website for the most accurate information.
Kenosha Radio Stations – WLIP (1050 AM), WIIL (95.1 FM), WGTD (91.1 FM);
Racine Radio Stations – WRJN (1400 AM) or WEZY (92.1 FM);
Milwaukee Radio Stations – WTMJ (620 AM), WKTI (94.5 FM, WEMP (1250 AM), WMYX (99.1 FM), KISS (103.7 FM), WISN (1130 AM), The Brew (97.3 FM), V-100 (100.7 FM), WOKY (920 AM), Milwaukee’s 95.7 FM;
Milwaukee TV stations – WTMJ (Channel 4), WITI (Channel 6), WISN (Channel 12 – themilwaukeechannel.com);
Chicago Information: (www.emergencyclosings.com) or Radio Stations – WBBM (780 AM), WGN (720 AM) and Chicago TV Stations – Channels 2, 5, 7, 9, and 32.
Radio and television stations will receive class cancellation information for that day no later than 6:30 a.m. If UW-Parkside is not mentioned by the media, assume the university is open and classes are being held.
Even though classes are cancelled, there are campus operations that must continue despite the weather: campus police, snow removal, power plant, food service for residential students, etc. When classes are cancelled, employees are instructed to “use their judgment” as to whether or not to report to work.