Emergency Closing & Delayed Opening Policy

Where to Find Information

The College informs faculty, students, and staff whether Emerson must close, or delay opening, due to severe weather conditions or an emergency through announcements on:

Web: www.emerson.edu homepage
Phone: 617-824-8500, select option "2"
Radio: WRKO 680 AM
WBZ 1030 AM
WERS 88.9 FM
Television: WBZ Channel 4
WCVB Channel 5
WHDH Channel 7
WFXT Channel 25

The Policy

Delayed Opening

The official opening time for the College is 8:00 a.m. A delayed opening means that the College will open at 10:00 a.m. If the College announces a delayed opening, all first-shift employees (other than those designated as “essential” personnel) should report to work at 10:00 a.m. If your regular start time is different than the College’s official opening time of 8:00 a.m., report to work at 10:00 a.m. or at your regular start time, whichever is later.

Classes scheduled with a start time before 10 a.m. are canceled by a delayed opening and must be made up at a later date. The College will resume its regular academic schedule beginning at 10 a.m. if there has been a delayed opening.

Campus is Closed

The College will announce canceled classes by 6:00 am for day classes and by 3:00 pm for evening classes. An announcement canceling classes cancels both classes and work, unless otherwise indicated.

If your supervisor has designated your position as "essential" personnel, you should report at your regularly scheduled time. Non-exempt (overtime eligible) employees who are essential personnel will receive premium pay (1.5) for each hour, or portion of an hour, that they work while the College is closed. For example, a non-exempt employee who reports at 8:00 a.m. on a delayed closing day will receive premium pay for the hours from 8:00 am until 10:00 am when the College opens, and straight pay thereafter. Exempt, salaried employees who are essential personnel are expected to report for duty as part of their jobs, and do not receive extra compensation for doing so.

If the College must close, or delay opening, all ArtsEmerson events will take place as scheduled. Contact the ArtsEmerson box office or the ArtsEmerson website for details.