Friday, December 7, 2012

Inclement weather policy

car driving in blizzardWith winter weather upon us, it's time to review UW-Eau Claire's practices in the event severe weather strikes.

In accordance with Ch. 36, Wisconsin Statutes, and delegated authority from the Board of Regents and UW System president, a chancellor has the authority to cancel classes, close an institution to the public, or completely close an institution to the public and employees.

In general, when inclement weather threatens operations at UW-Eau Claire, the university will remain open to the extent possible. If necessary, the chancellor may close the university to the public or cancel classes, but state employees will be expected to report to work.

Employees who accrue vacation, compensatory time or personal holidays may use the accrued leave if they are unable to make it to work, or if they are excused from work because emergency weather conditions make it unsafe remain at work. Per the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees also may make up lost time within the same week of the weather emergency.

If a severe weather situation occurs, local media will be made aware of any cancellations/closings, but their announcements are advisory only.

Should a decision be made to cancel classes, close the university to the public or completely close the university, official information will be transmitted via UW-Eau Claire's emergency notification system, which includes announcements on the university homepage, Facebook page and Twitter feed, among other notifications.

D2L outage planned for Jan. 2-3

A D2L outage is planned from 10 p.m. Jan. 2 through 10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2013, to migrate D2L to a new storage solution. D2L will be completely unavailable during the outage. For more information, contact the LTS Help Desk at 715-836-5711 or; or Roxie Muldoon at 715-836-2700 or


Condolences to the family of Dr. John Hunnicutt. Hunnicutt, a UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of sociology, passed away Nov. 15 in Houston, Texas. Full obituary.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Flags to be flown at half-staff Dec. 7

As directed by Gov. Scott Walker, the flag of the United States and the flag of the state of Wisconsin will be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations of the state of Wisconsin beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset Dec. 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. More information.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Condolences to the family of Dr. Norman Olson, the first dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business. Dr. Olson passed away Nov. 19 in Newfoundland, Pa. Full obituary.


Condolences to the family of  Sandra Schumacher. Schumacher, UW-Eau Claire instructor emerita of physical education, passed away Nov. 27 in Eau Claire. Full obituary.