USD announces policy for wintertime weather University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott has just released the official winter weather policy at USD, effective immediately.
Although The University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion seldom closes, there are instances when road and weather conditions warrant canceling classes. Even when conditions are such that the USD administration believes it is in the best interest of the university to cancel classes, offices will remain open for normal business activities.
While employees should always use their own judgment in deciding whether to travel to work in bad weather, absent employees must, in accordance with State of South Dakota policy, use annual leave, leave without pay, or compensatory time (if applicable). A supervisor may adjust the employee's work schedule to accommodate the absence if there is sufficient time in the work week to do so.
In extreme cases, it may be necessary to close Vermillion offices in addition to canceling classes. In that event, essential personnel such as food service, public safety, etc., will continue to provide essential services on campus. In the event of bad weather, announcements will be made on the following radio and television stations:
KTFC FM 103.3 � AM 1250; KAOR FM 91.1; KUSD FM 89.7; WNAX FM 104.1 � AM 570; KWIT FM 90.3; KSCJ AM 1360; KKMA FM 99.5; KGLI FM 95.5; KVTK/KVHT FM 106.3 � AM 1570; KELO FM 92.5 � AM 1320; KMNS AM 620.
(Vermillion Cable): KMEG Channel 6; KELO Channel 11; KSFY Channel 13; KTIV Channel 4; KTTW Channel 8; KCAU Channel 9.
Employees at the Sioux Falls, Yankton and Rapid City campuses of the USD Medical School and employees located at other sites throughout the state are to contact their supervisors if they have questions about whether or not classes and/or offices have been cancelled or closed at their locations.