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Eastern Kentucky University categorizes weather events by severity. Unless otherwise specified, regional campuses and Model Laboratory School will also operate within the parameters of this plan.

The following is a description of the various plans:

Normal Operations

Even though a severe weather event has occurred, steps have been taken to mitigate barriers and conditions are determined safe to proceed with normal, routine, in-person academic instruction and university operations.

Plan A:

Given existing weather conditions or the forecasted high probability of a severe weather event that may threaten human safety on campus, university operations and in-person instruction will transition to remote/virtual instruction for the day. For those classes that cannot shift to remote/virtual instruction, instructors should advise students as to appropriate measures, make-up activities or revised deadlines. Students performing internship or clinical assignments should follow the rules imposed by the site-based supervisor. Online and eCampus instruction is unaffected.

Designated employees should report to work at their normal scheduled time, or follow procedures established with department/office supervisors. All other employees should work remotely and should not report to campus in-person.

If remote access is unavailable for employees, employees are required to notify their supervisor to make alternative arrangements, including the use of available vacation leave with supervisor approval. If an employee does not work remotely when able to do so, and does not make alternative arrangement with their supervisor, the employee may be subject to corrective action, up to and including termination.

Plan B:

Due to severe weather conditions that may threaten human safety on campus and/or significant damage to university infrastructure, in-person as well as remote/virtual instruction are unavailable. The ability for employees to work remotely is significantly prohibited or unavailable. Online and eCampus instruction is unavailable; all classes are cancelled and university operations, including Model Laboratory School and Regional Campuses, are suspended until further notice.

Designated employees should follow procedures established with their department/office supervisors for conditions that require their presence at work on campus. All other employees should check/communicate with their supervisor and should not report to campus in-person.

For each plan, an update on the status of classes and university operations will be provided no later than 7 a.m. each morning.

General Information about Severe Weather

The Communications and Brand Management Office will notify the campus community in a timely manner of any change in university operations during a severe weather event or other emergency. The Communications and Brand Management Office will utilize the following channels to distribute information and communicate with students, faculty and staff:

  • Rave alerts
  • Media notification – Television, radio, etc.
  • Website homepage banner (
  • Social media graphics and posts
  • Campus weather line 859-622-BADW (2239)

The communications team will push all weather-related information to EKU Weather as it becomes available.

Model Laboratory School

Closing of the Model School due to weather will be communicated through the aforementioned channels. This information will also be disseminated via Model’s SchoolPointe system using phone numbers on file.

Weather-Related Links

Common Sense Matters

When faced with a severe weather event, regardless of an official university announcement, the determination of safe travel or other unforeseen situations rests with the individual. Weather in Richmond may be different from weather in another area of the state; employees should coordinate with their supervisors to determine work attendance due to weather-related circumstances. For students, please coordinate with your professors to develop solutions for missed classes or work.