0700 Leaves and Absences
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Human Resources Manual

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If it becomes necessary for the University to close or curtail operations due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions, employees will be notified that they are not to report to work. Information regarding closures or curtailments will be distributed in the following manner:

  1. The official time of closure will be posted on the University’s OSU Campus Alert website Announcements of closures or curtailments will typically also be noted on the OSU home web page,, with a headline linking readers to the OSU Campus Alert home page.
  2. Information will also be posted online via the FlashAlert Newswire at On the map, click on the Willamette Valley, then "Public Colleges & Universities," and choose Oregon State University to see any current information or new announcements.
  3. The OSU Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police Emergency Status Information Phone provides current information about weather alerts and closures as well as campus emergencies.  The recorded phone message will report the status of campus (open or closed) and information related to the emergency or closure situation.  You may access this information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 541-737-8000.
  4. In some cases, supervisors will call employees at home to inform them of closure or curtailment information.
  5. The University will ask that announcements be made on the following radio and television stations and, where appropriate, their websites:


Albany Corvallis Eugene
KRKT - 990 AM/99.9 KBVR - 88.7 FM
KFLY - 101.5 FM
KLOO - 1340 AM/106.3 FM
KLCC - 89.7 FM
KPNW - 1120 AM
KUGN - 590 AM
KEZI TV Channel 9
KMTR TV Channel 16
KVAL TV Channel 13
Lebanon Salem Portland
KGAL - 1580 AM KBZY - 1490 AM
KYKN - 1430 AM
KEX - 1190 AM
KOPB - 91.5
KXL - 750 AM/101.1 FM
KPAM - 860 AM
KATU TV Channel 2
KGW TV Channel 8
KOIN TV Channel 6
KPTV TV Channel 12

The University will make every effort to announce a closure or curtailment decision before the start of the work day. The information will be distributed or posted by 6:30 a.m.  The official closure time will be posted to the announcement located at Unless otherwise informed, employees are to assume that the University is open and that they are to report to work.

As a reminder, only the President or his designee may close the University. On-campus departments may not cease operations and send employees home due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions unless the President has closed the University. Off-campus facilities should contact the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration to discuss the appropriateness of ceasing or curtailing operations at their location if they believe it is necessary

Should you have questions, please contact Employee and Labor Relations via email or by phone at 541-737-3103.