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.
The University has recently adopted a new policy that intends to ensure instructional continuity even when the University is closed due to inclement weather or liberal leave. The Law Center plans to use telephones and web conferencing tools for instructional continuity. Faculty are asked to plan ahead in order to be ready to teach remotely so that classes do not need to be cancelled during those times. Instituting this new policy necessitates some advance planning in order to teach from alternate locations. Faculty will always have a choice of holding a makeup class, however, we hope to move towards a practice of instructional continuity and avoid the complicated rescheduling process that often follows a closure.
An overview of the two options we have identified for remote teaching is outlined below. We highly encourage faculty to review the information before hand and decide in advance which option they prefer. Any questions you have can be addressed to the Technology Service Desk.
Remote Teaching Options:
A conference number is assigned to each classroom so that students and faculty can call in remotely. This option only requires access to a phone. There is no software installation or advanced preparation needed for this option other than dialing the provided conference number for your class and the host pin.
- Web conference
A web conference link is also assigned to each classroom. This option requires a computer with the web conferencing client installed. More information about preparing to use both audio and video over the web is provided below if you wish to use this option.
More information on both options can be found here. Again, you may choose either option—telephone conference call or web conference—for teaching your class remotely at the regularly scheduled time. If neither suits your needs, you may choose to reschedule the class at a later date.