Curtailed Operations Information
November 14, 2007
To the members of the university community from Dick Cannon:
As we approach the winter season, I want to remind each of you of the university’s
policies and procedures for declaring curtailed operations. Although we hope
for a mild winter, we must be prepared for extreme weather situations.
Declaring Curtailed Operations
UNH is a walking New England campus. Conditions of roads, parking lots and
walks must be adequate for properly attired students, faculty and staff to
move about safely within the campus in order to reach destinations and carry
out normal activities. We also have many commuter students and operate an
extensive bus service.
Thus, we must consider road conditions in the surrounding area. The decision
to curtail operations is made when the campus is, or is expected to be, unprepared
for parking and pedestrian traffic, local road conditions preclude continuation
of bus service and/or there are utility and power outages that impact our working
environment. Decisions to curtail typically relate to the basic teaching, research,
public service and administrative responsibilities of our campus. Decisions
to curtail athletic events, conferences and events that have sold advance tickets
are made and announced separately. Further details will be posted on the university’s
website by the Office of the VP for University Communications and Marketing
Once we curtail operations, selected radio and television stations, the UNH
Storm Information Line (2-0000), and UNH Web site will carry announcements.
When the decision has been made to curtail operations, announcements will be
made immediately and will include information about affected work shifts
and classes (morning, afternoon and/or evening), the Wildcat Transit bus
routes, and winter parking ban, if applicable. Our goal is to make these
announcements by 4 a.m. whenever possible. If we curtail during our normal
business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), university employees and students will
be alerted via direct communication and UNH Web site. Circumstances permitting,
we will endeavor to provide 2 hours advance notice of any curtailment during
normal working hours.
Please do not tie up telephone lines by calling administrative offices or
the university operators to inquire whether a closing announcement is going
to be made. Any decision to curtail will be announced as quickly as possible.
Please also understand that some radio and TV stations post our announcements
more quickly than others and may use their own sometimes confusing terminology.
The UNH Storm Information Line and Web site will have the complete information
if there is any doubt.
It is important to note that if we curtail operations, Dining Services shifts
from their normal schedule to offering brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and
dinner from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m.
A declaration of curtailed operations means that only personnel who perform
priority support services are required to report to work or to remain at
work. Because UNH is a residential campus, regardless of the weather conditions
we must continue to provide services to our student population and ensure
that our physical plant is properly maintained. If you are unsure whether
your position is considered priority in a weather emergency, please check
with your supervisor. Employees designated by their supervisors as priority
personnel will receive compensatory time for hours worked during curtailed
operations. If you are not considered priority, please do not travel to campus.
Use Common Sense
If we do not declare curtailed operations, all offices are open and all classes
are held as scheduled. We must naturally make our determination based on
available weather forecasts and the predicted condition of the campus and
immediate vicinity. If staff consider that traveling conditions near their
home are unsafe, they may choose to take vacation or earned time rather than
drive in those conditions. If faculty find it unwise to come to campus, they
should make a special effort to contact their students, especially commuter
students, so that no one travels to UNH unnecessarily.
Radio, Television And Storm Information Line Information
UNH will post details on curtailed operations as follows:
Winter Parking Ban
The winter parking ban runs from the first forecasted snowstorm in November
or December 1st, whichever is earlier, to March 31st, and is in effect nightly
regardless of weather. During this time parking is prohibited at any time between
the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. in all but "weather-conditional" or "exempt" lots
Weather Conditional Lots
These lots are open and available after midnight on nights when no declared
snow emergency is in effect. They resume their normal permit requirements at
6 a.m. the following weekday morning. It is the responsibility of the motorist
to ascertain the status of the weather-conditional lots (status is posted on
signs at entrances to these lots and on a recorded message at 2-1001). The
weather conditional lots are: Lots B and C. Lots H and T are also conditionally
available for parking until 2 a.m. only.
These lots remain open and available for after-midnight parking, regardless
of weather conditions. The exempt lots are:
All "resident" lots, with appropriate permit
A-lot Section 4 (rear, nearest to Gables)
Specially-reserved spaces (hall director, dean, H/C, etc. with appropriate