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Colby-Sawyer College Delays and Closings Policy

It may be necessary to delay or close the College due to unavoidable emergency conditions, most often weather-related. The status of the College is decided jointly by the Chief Academic Officer and the Vice President for Human Resources.

The college strives to make:

• The decision to close the campus for the day or to delay opening by 6 a.m.

• The decision to close campus for the evening by 2 p.m.


The official opening time for the College is 8 a.m. A delayed opening means that the College will open at 10 a.m. If the College announces a delayed opening, all first-shift employees (other than those designated as “essential” personnel) should report to work at 10 a.m. If an employee's regular start time is different than the College's official opening time of 8 a.m. employees should report to work at 10 a.m. or at their regular start time, whichever is later.

Classes scheduled with a start time before 10 a.m. are canceled by a delayed opening. The College will resume its regular academic schedule beginning at 10 a.m. if there has been a delayed opening.


When the College is in the process of closing (campus notification issued), is closed, or is in the process of reopening, all classes are canceled. Only functions deemed essential (critical) to College operations will take place until further notice. Accordingly, essential personnel pre-designated by Senior Staff as accountable for essential (critical) functions may be required to stay on campus or may be called into campus to perform essential functions. The College is considered closed to all persons except to resident students and those pre-designated necessary to perform essential functions. Consequently, all persons not pre-designated should not be on campus or return until normal campus operations resume. This requirement is necessary to provide for the appropriate safety and security of the campus community and facilitate the return of the campus to open status.

In order that all faculty, staff, and students affected by either of the above conditions receive information promptly and accurately, official notification will be communicated via one or more of the following communication channels.

Announcements to College Community

Announcements of a College delay or closing are made by 6 a.m. whenever possible through the following communications vehicles:

• CSC ALERT is sent to registered community members through text messaging and e-mail. Register here.

• The Colby-Sawyer College homepage.

• A voicemail message on the College's main telephone number, 603-526-3000. A recorded message will inform employees if the campus is closed or opening delayed. If the regular phone greeting is on, employees should assume that the College is open for business as usual.

• Announcement through major media venues in the region, including WMUR-TV Channel 9 and WNTK (99.7 FM).

Media inquiries should be directed to Kate Seamans in College Communications at 526-3878.

This policy approved and enacted August 2012