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Emergency Preparedness

Inclement Weather & Emergency Closing/Delay Policy

As a residential institution, Skidmore operates on a continuous 24-hour, 12-month basis.  There may be rare occasions, however, when the College may suspend or limit some operations and/or special events due to severe inclement weather or other emergencies.

Decisions for delayed campus openings, early releases, or campus closures due to inclement weather or other emergency will be made by the President or designee in conjunction with other College administrators based on National Weather Service advisories, law enforcement bulletins, and/or other reliable emergency notifications. 

In instances of delayed openings, early releases, or campus closures, only designated emergency personnel (those responsible for keeping the basic services of the campus operating) will be required to work or remain at work; such employees are expected to follow their regular work schedules unless otherwise directed. As a general guideline, this will include the staff in Campus Safety and Facilities Services. When residence halls are occupied, the Dining Services, Health Services, Library and the Sports Center staffs are also designated as essential.   During the summer months, Special Programs employees are considered essential. Other essential employees include Information Technology and those responsible for animal care. This list is not all-inclusive, and in the event that other departments are deemed necessary, department directors will notify personnel in those areas. 

Campus Closure or Delayed Openings

In the event of campus closure or delayed opening, announcements will be sent to the following media and internal communication networks:

Early Release

In the event of an early release, the voice and e-mail system will be utilized to relay information to employees. Employees are required to confirm that they are released from work with their supervisor prior to leaving campus.


Whenever possible, information about the expected date and time of re-opening will be communicated at the same time as an announcement of a closure, delayed opening, or early release.

 Leave Time

In the event the College designates campus closures, late openings, or early releases, regular and temporary Faculty, Administrative/Professional Staff, Support Staff, and Union employees who were scheduled to work will be paid their regular salary or wage. 

 Other Options