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Late Start and class cancellation questions

Frequently asked questions regarding UDM's Late Start designation and class cancellation during inclement weather:

Last updated Dec. 2, 2011

In case of inclement weather or other safety conditions, what does a “late start” designation mean?
At times when weather conditions pose a safety hazard for students, faculty and staff who drive to UDM campuses, the University may designate a “late start” to the school day.  This delay will be for two hours, using 8 a.m. as the regular opening time. An announced two-hour delay would mean a 10 a.m. opening.

Would this late start apply to all UDM campuses?
The UDM notification message would specifically state whether it was for all UDM campuses or if the safety condition just affected one UDM campus.

In case of inclement weather, the late start would most likely apply to all campuses and most off-site programs; however, UDM programs at Aquinas College and University Center at Macomb would adhere to those schools’ procedures regarding class cancellations. Students on co-op assignments would follow their employer’s procedure.

What does this mean for my class, which starts at 8 a.m.?
For a 10 a.m. opening, faculty and students should report to their normally scheduled class that begins or is in process at the 10 a.m. hour.

What if my class or workday begins earlier than 8 a.m.?
Students whose class or clinical assignment begins prior to 8 a.m. should check with their instructor or clinical supervisor for appropriate instructions when a “late start” day is called.

Employees whose functions require an earlier start time need to consult with their supervisor for appropriate instructions on when to report to work.

If the University does not call a “late start” day or cancel classes for the day, but I an unable to drive to campus due to weather conditions, what should I do?
All students, faculty and staff must make an individual decision during inclement weather as to their safety in driving to campus. Students should consult with their instructor as to the policy regarding missed class time. If the University remains open and begins the school day on time, any time not worked by an employee would be considered non-paid time.

How will I learn if classes have been cancelled or a “late start” has been called?
Notification of class cancellation or a “late start” designation will be posted on the University’s website and through the following Detroit area media: TV channels 2, 4, 7, 50 and 62 and radio news stations WWJ-950 AM and WJR-760 AM. In addition, a notice will be sent to all subscribers of the University’s Emergency Alert System. Sign up for the Alert System.

When classes are cancelled, will other University activities be cancelled?
In most cases, University activities will be cancelled if the University cancels classes for the day. The exception to this is Athletic events, which usually proceed as scheduled even if classes are cancelled.

When classes are cancelled on all UDM campuses for the day, how does this affect UDM clinics and patients?
When classes are cancelled due to inclement weather or other safety conditions, appointments at UDM clinics are also cancelled.

Will any support services be available when classes are cancelled?
All self-service functions remain available through Titan Connect to conduct business online.

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