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Preparing for extreme weather at UBC

This message was sent to executive, deans and other senior academic leaders, academic heads, directors and managers, and senior professional leaders in Vancouver.

8 November, 2022

As the weather patterns shift towards snow, we would like to remind you of information available, to help you prepare for extreme weather.

As per the Snow Policy, if UBC is subject to extreme winter weather conditions, the administration may decide to cancel or reschedule classes and/or curtail non-essential services. You are advised to check https://www.ubc.ca/ in the event of extreme weather for updates.

Preparing faculty and staff in your department/unit for extreme weather:

  • We recommend you determine which staff in your department/unit have responsibilities that are of an essential nature, such that they would be required to attend campus during extreme weather, and ensure they are aware of their responsibilities. For questions, or help in determining what work is of an essential nature, contact your HR Advisor

  • You are requested to review your department/unit’s snow procedures, make any necessary updates, and share it with all faculty and staff in your department/unit
  • Please ensure that those in your department/unit know what to do if extreme weather prevents them from getting to campus, and campus remains operational. For questions regarding policy in this scenario, contact your HR Advisor
  • Please review your approved hybrid work agreements and snow procedures within your department/units to support those who can work remotely when extreme weather prevents them from getting to campus

Campus safety during extreme weather:
Find out how the UBC Vancouver campus will be kept safe during extreme weather, and how to report slippery conditions here.

Supporting students impacted by extreme weather:
Faculty are encouraged to consider alternative arrangements to accommodate the needs of students who may be unable to travel safely to campus to attend class or turn in assignments, due to extreme weather conditions.

Thank you for your diligence in helping us prepare for extreme weather at UBC. With your support, we hope to keep disruptions to a minimum.

Gage Averill
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, pro tem, UBC Vancouver

Marcia Buchholz
Vice-President, Human Resources

John Metras
Interim Vice-President, Operations

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