As a major institution with extensive 24/7 operations, the university does not typically close. However, depending on the position and approval from supervisors, faculty and staff may have the opportunity to conduct their work away from campus proper. There are also cases, such as in the event of inclement weather, where the university will transition to remote operations and many faculty and staff work from an alternate location (e.g., their home).

Flexible work arrangements are any arrangements that provide a faculty or staff member alternatives to working regularly scheduled hours in the office or typical work location. Flexibility can be accomplished without changing a department’s regular hours of operation or altering the responsibility or authority of supervisors.

Learn more about flexible work arrangements, and associated trainings and forms on the UM System Flexible Work Arrangements webpage. Policy information is available in HR Policy Manual HR-522 Telework Arrangements and its corresponding HR-522 Q&A.

Under certain unusual and emergency circumstances, the university may cancel on-campus classes, suspend some or all administrative and academic functions, and/or transition to remote operations. There are certain continuous operations may need to remain operating on-site, and special pay procedures may apply depending on the type the closure. Visit HR Policy Manual HR-217 Emergency Closure and Transition to Remote Operations for additional information.

Inclement weather

In the event of a change in campus status related to inclement weather, notice and any further instruction will be available on MU Alert. Check out MU Alert’s Weather Closures for information related to remote work and classes as well as how weather closures are announced.

Emergency alerts

Faculty and staff are encouraged to keep their emergency contact information up-to-date in myHR to receive MU Alert notifications related to weather or other events that could affect the health and safety of the university community.