The Office of State Human Resources has approved a new University Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy for the UNC System, effective January 1, 2016. This is now ECU policy and it applies to all employees (EHRA, SHRA, and CSS). ECU Physicians will continue to have the ability to determine an operational schedule based on coordination with University emergency operations officials. The primary revision involves the condition levels outlined in Section VI - Decision Making and Criteria for Declaring Emergency Conditions Levels.
Note: Mandatory employees must report to or remain at work under all conditions, unless a supervisor deems otherwise.
The event has significant potential to impact commuting and campus operations. This condition involves voluntary early release / late start.
Non-mandatory employees can choose to leave early / arrive late based on safety for their specific situation (with supervisor approval), but they must use leave time or make up the time within 90 calendar days.
This is a more severe event where ECU officials want to limit the number of employees traveling to or remaining on campus due to safety concerns or logistical challenges. The Governor's Declaration of a "State of Emergency" or an advisory by the State Highway Patrol to avoid travel does not automatically necessitate suspended operations, but may be an important consideration.
Non-mandatory employees are required to leave / remain off campus and they must use leave time or make up the time within 90 calendar days. Non-mandatory employees face disciplinary action for not following these directives.
Limited to events that pose the most severe risk that will severely impede the efficient and effective functioning of the University. Employees shall not be required to charge leave or make-up any work time missed. Non-mandatory employees, as well as mandatory employees not needed for the event, are not permitted to report to or remain at work.
The UNC General Administration has informed ECU officials that Condition 3 closures should be extremely limited - e.g. Hurricane Floyd level scenario - and only UNC GA can declare a Condition 3 event. Remember, residential campuses never really close. Therefore, except on very rare occasions, the State will not be paying employees to stay home.
For additional information, please review the full policy at ECU Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Regulation.