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Campus closed starting Thursday at noon, 12/15, reopening Friday at noon, 12/16.

Penn State Scranton will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 15 and reopen at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.  All final exams scheduled for Thursday afternoon after 12 p.m., have been moved to the same time and location on Friday, Dec. 16. Staff are to report at noon on Friday. Essential staff are to report as regularly scheduled.
By: Amy Gruzesky

DUNMORE, Pa. — Penn State Scranton will close at noon on Thursday, Dec. 15 and reopen at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 All final exams scheduled for Thursday afternoon after 12 p.m., have been moved to the same time and location on Friday, Dec. 16. Staff are to report at noon on Friday. Essential staff are to report as regularly scheduled.

Students should closely monitor their PSU email and Canvas messages for additional communication from their instructors, should they decide to make any other accommodations. 

Employees

Employees who perform “essential” services: Employees who are required to report to campus for work and have been previously identified as performing duties essential to maintaining operations should report to campus as directed. During such events, employees who are required to report to campus for work are eligible for Campus Closure Compensatory Time, subject to guideline provisions. Employees should clarify their status as essential or nonessential with their supervisor before inclement weather strikes.

All other employees at Penn State Scranton should not report to work until the resumption of normal campus operations and are eligible for Campus Closure Pay per university policy. Employees should review the “official closedowns” section of the University’s Handling Weather Day Absences policy (Human Resources Guideline 10) for specific information on how time missed for weather situations is handled.

The below guidance is from HRG10, Handling Weather Day Absences

Employees in other than essential services, as determined by the supervisor:

  1. An employee shall receive pay for the part of the work schedule missed during the official closedown period in the following circumstances:
    • Employee is at work until the closedown officially begins, irrespective of the time of arrival to work.
    • Employee is informed not to report for work during the closedown 
       
  2. The status of an employee on a regularly scheduled day off, layoff, or leave of absence without pay does not change because there is an official closedown. However, an employee who had requested to use vacation, personal holiday, or sick leave time shall not have such time charged for the period of the employee's regular work time encompassed by an official closedown.

Employees in essential services, as determined by the supervisor:

  1. An employee who is required by the supervisor to work on essential duties during that employee's regular shift shall be granted equivalent time off only for the hours worked during the official closedown period. Hours worked before and/or after the closedown do not qualify for equivalent time off.
  2. Equivalent time off shall be scheduled at another time mutually agreeable to the employee and the supervisor.
  3. Equivalent time off shall not be granted for hours of overtime worked during the closedown if the employee is eligible for overtime pay.

Employees who have questions about a campus closure should contact their unit’s Human Resources consultant. 

Additional weather info, ongoing updates

The decision to close Penn State Scranton was determined to be in the best safety interest of the University community. University officials are continuing to monitor conditions and will provide updates as necessary. The most up-to-date information will be shared via Penn State's PSUAlert system.

All employees and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety. Faculty, staff and students should use their own best judgment when considering traveling to campus or the need to leave early during times of inclement weather. Faculty and staff should review Handling Weather Day Absences (Human Resources Guideline 10) for specific information on how time missed for weather situations is handled. Union-represented employees should reference their collective bargaining agreements. Information on class attendance policies is available at undergrad.psu.edu and in Faculty Senate Policy 42-27 (Class Attendance).