Inclement Weather Policy
The Law Center will make its own determination on closings, cancellations, and late openings due to inclement weather giving primary consideration to the safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Criteria that may be considered in making such determinations include: condition of area roads and ability of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to get to campus; status and schedules of public transportation; and forecast of coming weather.
All efforts will be made to post the announcement regarding closing or delayed opening by 5 a.m. on the day of the closing or delayed opening. Announcements will be posted to the Georgetown Law main website (http://www.law.georgetown.edu) and recorded on the main switchboard number (202) 662-9000 and the class cancellation line (202) 662-9446. An announcement will also be sent by e-mail and text message via Georgetown’s Emergency Notification System (HOYAlert), and by e-mail via the Law Center’s e-mail system.
When the Law Center is closed due to inclement weather, it is expected that only designated emergency employees will come to the Law Center to fulfill their responsibilities. Emergency employees must always report to work on time, regardless of weather conditions. Employees are designated as emergency employees because they are essential to the operation and maintenance of the Georgetown University Law Center when inclement weather conditions exist. All other members of the Law Center community – including students, staff, faculty, and visitors – are expected not to come to the Law Center, which will not be staffed to support anything other than essential life safety and snow/ice clearing functions.
When the Law Center is closed, all activities and services, including classes and scheduled events (student organization meetings and events, CLE, and conferences), will be canceled. All administrative offices will be closed. The food services operation, fitness center and Early Learning Center will be closed. The library will be presumptively closed. Because the library in some instances may not be closed, its operating status will be posted with the announcements.
Liberal Leave - The weather line will state: "The Law Center will open on time, but liberal leave is in effect." All other employees may report up to two hours after their normal scheduled start time or may choose not to report to work. Employees who do not report to work may use their accrued paid leave for the time. Employees who report within two hours of their normal start time will be paid for those hours.
When the Law Center announces a delayed opening, the Law Center will open, and personnel are expected to arrive, by 11 a.m. In such instances, all classes with start times before 11 a.m. will be canceled and rescheduled. Special events and programs scheduled to start before 11 a.m. will be canceled or delayed, as determined by each program. On dates when a delayed opening is announced, all designated emergency employees are expected to report to work on time but all other employees may use Liberal Leave, meaning that employees are expected to report by 11 a.m. or may choose not to report to work. Employees who do not report to work may use their accrued paid leave, for the time. Employees who report to work by 11 a.m. will be paid for their normal workday. Employees must follow their department’s normal call-in procedures to discuss the needs of their unit and individual circumstances requiring the use of Liberal Leave.
Early Closure/Evenings and Weekends
Georgetown Law will make its own determination of whether to close early and cancel late afternoon or evening classes and events, and whether to cancel Saturday and/or Sunday classes and events. In such cases, an announcement, including the status of the library, will be posted to the Georgetown Law main website (http://www.law.georgetown.edu) and recorded on the main switchboard number at (202) 662-9000 and the class cancellation line at (202) 662-9446. An announcement will also be sent by e-mail and text message via Georgetown’s Emergency Notification System (HOYAlert), and by e-mail via the Law Center’s e-mail system. All efforts will be made to post the announcement regarding canceling Saturday and/or Sunday classes and events by 6 a.m. on the day of the closing.