West Virginia University remains open, with classes and operations continuing as scheduled Thursday and Friday, but students and employees are urged to use caution and good judgment in making travel decisions about attending class or work based on the conditions in their individual locations.

An overnight snowfall in north central West Virginia brought a coating of snow to Morgantown, and small amounts of snow are predicted for the rest of the day and into Friday. Temperatures were in the mid-teens.

Elizabeth A. Dooley, associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs, urged students to email their instructors immediately to let them know if they are unable to attend class; professors are urged to be lenient in excusing absences.

Further information about the University’s plans in dealing with weather conditions will be available through many outlets, including the WVU emergency text message system, WVU’s main Web page (http://www.wvu.edu), WVUToday (http://wvutoday.wvu.edu) and Intranet, E-News (e-mail announcements), Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX), campus Information Stations and the media. (To sign up for the emergency message system, go to http://emergency.wvu.edu).

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. Employees with question should contact their immediate supervisors.

WVU’s Inclement Weather and Emergency Closures Policy is available here.

Also, Thursday’s scheduled David C. Hardesty, Jr. Festival of Ideas scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms will go on as planned. The event will also be webcast live at http://webcast.wvu.edu/ . Tonight’s event features Emeritus Professor Jack Bowman and his talk “The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation & West Virginia Statehood.” For information visit http://festivalofideas.wvu.edu/archive/jack-bowman .



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