Uncharacteristic inclement weather creates confusion

Senior News Reporter

Recent inclement weather has prompted the university to revise its policies on canceling or delaying class.

Clarifying inclement weather policies is important to “eliminate confusion,” said Provost Eugene Bourgeois during the March 5 Faculty Senate meeting.

Some students enrolled in classes starting at 9:30 a.m. have not been sure whether to attend on days when the university was delayed until 10 a.m. To alleviate confusion, administrators altered the delayed opening time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bourgeois said.

In previous meetings, faculty senators have said they want more notice regarding university delays, and cancelations should be posted on the Texas State homepage to deter misunderstandings.  A weather alert saying classes were delayed Tuesday until 11 a.m. was posted in a yellow banner across the top of the Texas State homepage.  

“Well, you couldn’t miss this sign on the front of the home page this time,” said Susan Weill, mass communication senator.

Some senators were concerned students, faculty and staff would need to make up the days they missed since so many classes have been canceled or delayed this semester.

Debra Feakes, chemistry and biochemistry senator, said no make up days will be required because one week of school would have to be canceled in order for students to make up missed classes. Make up days would only be offered if both the Tuesday and Thursday meetings of the same class were canceled in a single week.

“(Make-up days) have never been any issue until this year,” said Associate Provost Cynthia Opheim.

The university has never experienced this amount of inclement weather days in a semester, so procedures have to be revised, Opheim said. For example, a template had to be made for text message alerts, Bourgeois said.

“The more we have to do this, the better we get at it,” said Michel Conroy, Faculty Senate chair.

It is not always feasible to notify everyone as early as the campus population would like when inclement weather occurs, Bourgeois said. However, the alert about Tuesday’s delay came out “very quickly” after the decision was made.
“Our faculty were inundated by emails,” Feakes said. “It was more annoying because nobody knew what the decision was.”

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