With West Virginia University set to reopen for classes and business at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, students and employees are reminded to use caution and good judgment in traveling back to campus.

“If weather conditions prevent you from attending class or getting to work, students and employees are urged to contact faculty members or supervisors with that information,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Narvel Weese.

The important thing is for everyone to be safe, Weese said, and he urged faculty and supervisors to be understanding of the circumstances surrounding this extreme winter storm.

The University closed at 3 p.m. Friday after Gov. Joe Manchin III declared a state of emergency to allow the state to deal with the approaching storm which eventually dumped up to two feet or more of snow on Morgantown and surrounding areas.

Many area residents are still without power or live in areas where roadways are still treacherous, Weese said.

The Division of Human Resources reminds supervisors that employees who do not work their scheduled shift may take annual leave, compensatory time off or – at the supervisors’ discretion – be permitted to make up those hours within the same work week. Any questions about scheduling issues should be addressed to an employee’s supervisor.

Weese also thanked essential personnel who worked during the closure: roads and grounds, police, dining and housing services, transportation, communications units and others.



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