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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Adverse Weather Policy and Guidelines

Members of staff are expected to make every attempt to get to work as normal.

If members of staff are unable to get to work because of adverse weather they should contact their Head of Department/Line Manager as soon as possible to inform them of their absence.

If members of staff wish to leave work early because of concerns about getting home safely or collecting children from school, they should discuss this in the first instance with their line manager; it is expected that such requests will be treated sympathetically on the understanding that members of staff are expected to make up the time at a later date.

Depending on the nature of their role some members of staff may be able to work from home; working from home should be approved by the Head of Department/Line Manager in the usual way.

Unless the weather is unusually severe (for example no public transport available) it is expected that the University will remain open for business as normal and departments should be staffed during normal business hours.

A full copy of the Adverse Weather Policy can be found here