University Computing Services’ Acceptable Use Policy:
All students are responsible for knowing this policy, which can be found on the web at http://www.marshall.edu/ucs/CS/accptuse.asp.
Affirmative Action Policy:
This course will follow Marshall University’s policy on Affirmative Action, which can be found on p. 93 of the 2008-2009 undergraduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/undergraduate/ug_08-09_published.pdf, or on pp. 16-17 of the 2008 graduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/Graduate/S2008/gr_sp08.pdf. Specifically, all students will be afforded equal opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.
Inclement Weather Policy:
Students can find information concerning Marshall’s policy regarding inclement weather on pp. 95-96 of the 2008-2009 undergraduate online catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/undergraduate/ug_08-09_published.pdf, or on pp. 23-24 of the 2008 graduate catalog http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/Graduate/S2008/gr_sp08.pdf. Specific information is as follows:
WEATHER-RELATED AND/OREMERGENCY CLOSINGS AND DELAYS
(from Executive Policy Bulletin No. 7, updated February 1, 2005)
Generally it is Marshall University’s policy to maintain its normal schedule, even when conditions are inclement. However, that is not always possible. In those instances when it is necessary to alter the schedule in response to weather conditions, every effort will be made to notify all those affected—students, faculty, staff and the general public—as expeditiously and as comprehensively as possible in the following ways:
• Television stations in Huntington and Charleston will be notified.
• Radio stations in Huntington and Charleston will be asked to announce the delay or closing.
• Time permitting; newspapers in Huntington and Charleston will be notified. Often, however, decisions must be made after deadlines of newspapers.
• The Office of University Communications will communicate the specific details of the delay or closing to the Office of Public Safety at 696-HELP.
• The Office of University Communications will place the delay or closing message on the Huntington campus AUDIX system (696-6245) as well as the university response number (696-3170).
NOTE: This section applies only to the Huntington campus and all releases should make it clear that it relates only to the Huntington campus. The Marshall University Graduate College (South Charleston campus) weather-related policy will be managed by the Vice President for Regional Operations, and all releases from that office should make clear that it applies only to the South Charleston campus. The South Charleston phone number is 746-2500. See below for information on MUGC (South Charleston) procedures.
University Closed: All classes suspended and offices closed.
Classes Cancelled: All classes suspended; offices open.
Delay Code A: Means a delay in the opening of classes BUT no delay in the opening of offices. Delays will usually be in the range of one to two hours. Employees are expected to report to work at their normal starting times unless they feel that travel is unsafe. If an employee feels that he/she cannot travel safely to work, they may charge accrued annual leave for the portion of the workday from 8:00 a.m. (or their normal start time) until their arrival at work.
Delay Code B: Means a delay in the opening of classes AND a delay in the opening of offices. Delays will usually be in the range of one to two hours. Employees do not have to report to their offices until the stated delay time. If they believe they cannot travel to work safely by the stated delay time, they may charge accrued annual leave for the work hours from the stated delay time until they can next report to work.
Class operation under delays: Under both categories of delay, students should go to the class that would begin at the stated delay time or the class that would have convened within 30 minutes of the stated delay time. A two-hour delay means that classes that begin at 10:00 a.m. begin on time. Classes that begin at 9:30 a.m. meet at 10:00 a.m. and continue for the remaining period of that class.
Exceptions with regard to employees: Certain critical and emergency employees may be required to report to work on time or earlier than normally scheduled despite the particular delay code published.
Information about closing, cancellations, or delays will ordinarily be disseminated to area radio and television stations. These outlets may, however, publish the University’s notification incorrectly. Therefore, the authoritatively correct statement of the University’s condition (Huntington) is stipulated to be the message on the AUDIX system (696-6245) or the message available at the University response number (696-3170).
Once operations are resumed, deans, and departmental chairs must take steps to ensure that faculty meet their scheduled classes or substitutes secured so that class schedules are met.
Decisions on closings and/or delays will be made jointly by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration following the consultation with other appropriate officials, including the President. Should only one of those two vice presidents be available, that person will make the decision. Every effort will be made to reach decisions to allow time for adequate notification to the news media, and in turn those affected.
Marshall University Graduate College (South Charleston campus) and Other Education Centers:
Because weather conditions can vary substantially, it is possible that classes will be delayed or cancelled at some locations and not at others. The Vice President for Regional Operations, in consultation with staff at other learning centers, will decide on class cancellations.
Marshall University Graduate College – South Charleston Campus
Since MUGC classes do not generally meet until late afternoon, an effort will be made to decide about classes by noon. Notification of delays or cancellations at the South Charleston Campus will be announced by (a) local media, (b) MUGC telephone system, and (c) University web site. Any delay will be placed on the MUGC automated switchboard. Students may check the status of their classes by calling the MUGC telephone system (746-2500) or checking the Graduate College Web site.
Point Pleasant, Beckley, Teays Valley and Other Educational Centers
Procedures for delayed openings and class cancellations are similar to those for the MUGC. At Point Pleasant, Beckley, and Teays Valley local media will provide information regarding cancellations. In addition, each site has a weather hot line: (a) Point Pleasant, 674-7239; (b) Beckley, 252-0719; (c) Teays Valley, 757-7223.
Remote Locations and Other Education Centers
Because the Marshall University Graduate College may have several classes meeting on an irregular schedule in a geographically dispersed area throughout the semester, decisions about whether to meet during inclement weather will be made by the instructor. Those decisions will be transmitted to students by e-mail or other methods as agreed by students and the instructor.
MUGC Closed: All classes cancelled and offices closed.
MUGC Classes Cancelled: All classes cancelled. Details provided by site.