Article 51 – University Closings

A. For a day or days when the University is officially declared as “Closed” by the President or appropriate Vice-President, employees shall not be required to charge vacation days, administrative leave, or personal holidays to avoid loss of pay.

B. In addition, on any day or days in which all classes are cancelled on a particular campus (Camden, Newark, or New Brunswick) by the appropriate Vice-President or Provost due to a weather or other emergency situation, the following will apply regarding attendance:

Lateness – The employee shall notify their supervisor as soon as possible if it is necessary to be late in reporting to work. The employee may charge any lost time to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available. If no such time is available, the employee will have their salary appropriately adjusted for the lost time. There will be no disciplinary action taken for such lateness.

Absence – The employee shall notify their supervisor as soon as possible if it is necessary that they be absent. The employee may charge the day to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available, or will have their salary appropriately adjusted. There will be no disciplinary action taken for such absence.

Leaving Early – The employee must request and receive permission from the appropriate supervisor to leave early. Such permission shall not be unreasonably denied. Employees who are allowed to leave early may charge the time to administrative leave, vacation, or personal holiday if available. If no such time is available, the employee will have their salary appropriately adjusted for the lost time.

C. Sections A and B of this Article do not apply to those employees previously designated as “essential” personnel. Essential personnel are required to report to work and remain at work unless advised differently by an appropriate supervisor.

D. Members of the bargaining unit who are regularly assigned to work at county offices, facilities or buildings not subject to the operating policies or rules and regulations of Rutgers shall follow the operating status declarations of such county offices, buildings or facilities during severe weather conditions or other such occurrences affecting the opening/closing/operating status of such office, building or facility. For example, an employee regularly assigned to a New Jersey County Office shall not be required to report for work if said Office is closed due to severe weather conditions despite the fact that Rutgers, or one of its campuses or subdivisions, has not been declared closed. Similarly, an employee so assigned shall be required to report for work at a County Office if said Office has not been declared closed for a severe weather condition even though Rutgers, or one of its subdivisions, has been declared closed.

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