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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 9 - General Provisions
Publication Date: August 4, 2010
Responsible Executive: VP for Business Affairs

9.15 Campus Closure Due to Weather or Safety Considerations


In the event of severe weather conditions or other emergency situations, the President or his or her designee may suspend normal operations and classes. In order to protect the health and safety of students and employees only those employees whose positions are designated as essential or emergency must remain or report to work in order to sustain the university's operations and protect its assets.


The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will hold office hours and classes as indicated on the official calendar, except when the university President or his or her designee deems inclement weather or safety consideration may make traveling to or from campus hazardous to students, faculty and staff. This policy sets guidelines on how to manage campus closures due to inclement weather.


This policy applies to all UTSA employees and students.



UTSA or UT System Policies or the Board of Regents Rules & Regulations

Other Policies & Standards


If you have any questions about HOP policy 9.15, Campus Closure Due to Weather or Safety Considerations, contact the following office:

Human Resources


Essential/Emergency Personnel are employees designated by their departments as vital to the operation of the university. Their presence is required regardless of the existence of an emergency or inclement weather.  


President or designee

  • Authorizes the closure of campus facilities due to inclement weather or for safety considerations.
Vice Presidents
  • Establishes emergency and/or essential personnel for their areas of responsibility.

Communications Office

  • Notifies students and employees of closure through the appropriate media outlets.

Supervisors, departments or unit heads

  • Notifies employees of the campus closure by established departmental procedures.

Supervisors and unit time keepers

  • Ensures employee time is recorded correctly based on their status at the time of the closure of the university.


  • Monitors (210) 458-SNOW, the UTSA website, and the media, for information regarding potential campus closure.


  1. Once the President or his or her designee has determined the campus will be closed:
    1. Prior to duty hours, employees will not report to work and students will not report to classes, except essential/emergency personnel.
    2. During duty hours, employees and students will leave the campus, except for essential/emergency personnel.  Students that live on campus will receive instructions from emergency and housing staff.
  2. Official university time records for the period the campus is closed should be completed as follows:
    1. Personnel scheduled to work (excluding work-study personnel) shall be granted administrative leave with pay for the period of the closure.
    2. Work-study personnel may not be granted administrative leave with pay because of Federal Regulations governing the Work-Study Program.
    3. Employees on duty (on campus) during the closure will be granted state compensatory time in accordance to HOP policy 4.27, State Compensatory Time at a later date unless overtime payment is approved by the Vice President for Business Affairs.
    4. Employees on approved leave (vacation, sick, compensatory time, or floating holiday) during these periods shall not be granted administrative leave with pay in lieu thereof.