West Virginia University will remain open Monday, July 2, but students and employees experiencing hardships due to Friday night’s storm should use good judgment in deciding whether to attend classes or come to work based on conditions in their individual locations, WVU officials say.
While the main campus in Morgantown was not affected, a fierce storm Friday night left downed trees and heavy debris in its path and caused massive power outages across the state, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity to cool homes and many gas stations without the means to pump fuel.
As a result, WVU’s regional campus in Montgomery, WVU Tech, will not be open Monday.
In the meantime, WVU’s Coliseum is being used as a staging area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and University Police are providing security while supplies are loaded into tractor trailers and taken to areas in need.
WVU’s Academic Affairs and Human Resources officials would like to remind students to notify their professors by e-mail, and employees their supervisors by e-mail or phone, if they are unable to come to class or work,” Vice President Margie Phillips said. “In return, professors and supervisors are asked to be understanding in these instances and consult with department chairs or Human Resources officials if questions arise.”
Faculty are also encouraged to notify their students in the event of an individual class cancellation, she added.
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. Questions may be directed to the Employee Relations unit at 304-293-5700 ext. 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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