5.11 Emergency Closing

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Chapter 5: Administration

5.11 Weather or Other Emergency Closing

Related Minnesota State Board Policy: 4.4 Weather/Short Term Emergency Closings
Related Minnesota State Board Procedure: None.

Purpose:  To fulfill Board policy and procedure with regard to emergency closing due to severe weather or closing due to other emergencies for which campus closure would be an appropriate action.

Part 1: Definitions

Subpart A:  Closing the College

  1. Closing the College means to close all operations in all buildings. Closing the College results in the cancellation of classes, student, faculty, and staff activities and meetings. All general offices are closed.
  2. In the event that it is necessary for certain employees to come to campus for purposes of protecting life and/or property or to prepare the campus for reopening, those employees will be brought in according to relevant contract or employee agreement provisions.

Subpart B:  Delayed Opening. Delayed opening refers to the closing of all operations for a designated period of time.


Subpart C:  Cancellation of Classes and/or Activities

  1. Cancellation of classes (off campus or on campus) means to cancel one, several, or all classes, in the absence of officially closing the entire college.
  2. Cancellation of non-academic activities refers to cancellation of events such as athletic events, theatrical productions, concerts, or workshops.
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Part 2: Authority

Subpart A:  College President or Designee. In accordance with Minnesota State Policy 4.4, the authority to close the College campus or cancel classes and other activities when a weather emergency or other emergency exists, resides with the College President or the President’s designee.


Subpart B:  Governor or Commissioner of Employee Relations

  1. In the event that the Governor or the Commissioner of Employee Relations closes all other state agencies, the College will also close.
  2. If the Governor or Commissioner of Employee Relations closes only certain agencies but not all agencies, the College President will make an independent decision.
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  Policy History:
Date of Adoption: Established prior to 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:  
Next Review Date:  2015-16
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