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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 (UCM).

Once we curtail operations, selected radio and television stations, the UNH Storm Information Line (2-0000), and UNH Web site will carry announcements.

Process
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.

Priority Personnel
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 (see below).

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.

Exempt Lots

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)

Visitor lot

Specially-reserved spaces (hall director, dean, H/C, etc. with appropriate permit).


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