Inclement Weather Policy

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will remain open except in the most severe weather conditions.

The chancellor (or appointed representative) may officially close or suspend selected activities of the university because of extreme weather conditions. When a decision to close is made, information is distributed to the campus community, shared with local media and posted on the front page at

In the event of inclement weather when the university remains open, all faculty and staff are expected to make every reasonable effort to maintain their regular work schedules, but are advised to avoid undue risks in traveling. Employees who anticipate arriving late or not arriving at all should notify their immediate supervisor. Employees have the option of charging their time off to annual leave or to take leave without pay. With prior approval, employees can make up lost work hours.

In the event of a delayed opening, the chancellor (or appointed representative) will determine a specific time of opening and that information will be distributed to the campus community, shared with local media, and posted to the front page of

All faculty and staff are expected to report to their specific work location by the set opening time. Students are expected to report to their regularly scheduled class only if there are thirty or more minutes remaining in the session. For example, if a delayed opening is set for 10:00 a.m., students who have classes from 9:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. should report to that class at 10:00 a.m. Students who have classes from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. should not report to class.

In a delayed opening, all classes scheduled prior to the set time of opening and those that have less than thirty minutes remaining are canceled for the day.

Students are responsible for any academic work they miss due to absences caused by severe weather conditions. It is the student’s responsibility to take the initiative to make up any missed class work. If a faculty member cannot attend class, it is that faculty member’s responsibility to notify their students and to provide a reasonable opportunity to complete assignments or examinations missed due to the weather conditions.

Faculty members have discretion to determine whether an additional session of the class should be held or if any additional assignments should be required to make up for the classes that were not held.

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