Inclement Weather Policy

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McDaniel College is primarily a residential college with a majority of its undergraduate students living on campus; therefore, it is the intention of the College to remain open during inclement weather conditions.

For an overnight weather-related event, the announcement will be made by 6 a.m. An announcement regarding evening graduate classes on McDaniel's main campus will be made by 2 p.m.; announcements regarding Saturday classes will be made by 7 a.m. Off-campus graduate classes will not be held if the county school system where the class is held closes school due to inclement weather; off-campus graduate classes that meet on the weekend follow procedures outlined in the class syllabus.

Snow Removal Plan

McDaniel College uses a tiered snow removal plan. Below are the color-coded campus maps with an explanation of how pathways will be cleared. 

RED (view map here): These pathways identified in red will be cleared first. The College will endeavor to keep them free from snow at all times. 

GREEN (view map here): The second group of pathways is identified in green. When school is open, both red and green thoroughfares will be cleared. 

YELLOW (view map here): These are the lowest priority pathways. Once inclement weather has passed, these paths will be cleared. 

Closing and Delayed Opening Policy

If conditions warrant closing the College or delaying its opening, an announcement of the decision will be:

Although media outlets in Carroll County/Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and South Central Pennsylvania are notified of McDaniel’s campus status, do not depend on the news media for complete, accurate, up-to-date information.

[Note: The McDaniel Alert system will NOT be used to report on routine campus closures or late openings due to inclement weather. That system is used only to notify of imminent danger or a life-threatening campus emergency. To sign up for McDaniel Alert, visit the MyMcDaniel Portal and click on “Campus Safety” under “Student Resources.”]

What the announcements mean:

  • McDaniel College is closed.
    – All classes (day and evening, undergraduate and graduate) and all events are canceled unless specified.
    – Off-campus graduate courses always follow the home school's system announcement. If your home school district is open, then McDaniel graduate classes held in your district will meet, regardless of conditions at the Westminster campus.
    – Administrative offices will be closed (employees should check policy below).
    – Food Service, Campus Safety, Building Services are operational. Health Services is available by phoning Campus Safety. Hoover Library is closed.
  • McDaniel College opens at 10 a.m.
    – Administrative offices will open at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted (employees should check policy below).
    – Food Service, Campus Safety, Building Services, and Health Services will be operational before 10 a.m., although perhaps on a limited basis. Hoover Library will open at 10 a.m.
    – The following class schedules will be in effect:
    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Classes
    Normal Delay
    8:00-9:00 am 10:00-10:40 am
    9:10-10:10 am 10:50-11:30 am
    10:20-11:20 am 11:40-12:20 pm
    11:30-12:30 pm 12:30-1:10 pm
    12:40-1:40 pm 1:20-2:00 pm
    12:40-2:10 pm 1:20-2:25 pm
    12:40-3:40 pm 1:20-4:00 pm labs/seminars
    1:00-4:00 pm 1:20-4:00 pm labs/seminars
    1:50-2:50 pm 2:10-3:05 pm
    2:20-3:50 pm 2:35-3:50 pm
    3:00-4:00 pm 3:15-4:00 pm
    Tuesday and Thursday Classes
    Normal Delay
    8:00-9:30 am 10:00-11:00 am
    9:40-11:10 am 11:10-12:10 pm
    11:20-12:50 pm 12:20-1:20 pm meeting period
    1:00-2:30 pm 1:30-2:45 pm
    1:00-4:00 pm 1:30-4:00 pm labs/seminars
    2:40-4:10 pm 2:55-4:10 pm
  • McDaniel College opens at noon.
    – In the event that the College does not open until noon, all classes with a normal start time prior to noon will be canceled; classes with a start time after noon will run as normally scheduled.
  • Graduate classes are canceled.
    – All graduate classes are canceled, but undergraduate classes will be held unless specified as “All EVENING classes canceled.”
    – Food Service, Campus Safety, Building Services, and Health Services will be operational, although perhaps on a limited basis. Hoover Library may open for limited hours (check times by calling extension 2281 or 2282).
  • McDaniel College is closing at (2 p.m., 3 p.m., etc.)
    – All classes and all events scheduled after the closing are canceled.
    – Administrative offices will close (employees should check policy below.)
    – Food Service, Campus Safety, Building Services are operational. Health Services is available by phoning Campus Safety. Hoover Library is closed.

Inclement weather information for employees

In the event that weather conditions create circumstances where employees may be unable to travel to work, the College will announce that one of the following policies is in effect:

  • LIBERAL LEAVE POLICY: Employees in non-essential positions may elect to use liberal leave should travel conditions be too hazardous to report to work. When in doubt, the employee should place safety first.

    Forms of Liberal Leave:
    • Using Available Paid Time Off: Employees may elect to use available vacation time or personal business time to account for the time missed.
    • Flexing Schedules: Employees may choose to make up the missed time on a different day. The hours must be made up within the same workweek in which the liberal leave was used.
    • Using Unpaid Leave: Should the employee not have any available vacation or personal business time and not be able to flex his or her schedule, the employee may use this time as leave without pay.
  • COLLEGE CLOSED: In rare circumstances, the College might be declared closed. If the College is closed, the time period when it is closed will be counted as time worked for employees who had been scheduled to work.

    Essential personnel, as designated by their department head, are required to report to work as notified during inclement weather conditions.

Again, the official sources for inclement weather information are the main page of the website, an email announcement to the campus community, the official McDaniel College Facebook page, and on Twitter @McDanielCollege.