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Severe weather conditions, especially during the winter, may bring about the curtailment of classes or daily on-campus work operations.  Please keep in mind that the decision to close a campus (Ashland and/or Medford) due to severe local conditions rests with the University President or designee and is determined after considering several factors (e.g. city alerts, national weather updates, road closures, traffic conditions, etc.).  As a residential and liberal arts institution, SOU has many functions that continue regardless of weather conditions.  Staff who provide essential services (e.g. Campus Public Safety, selected FMP personnel, etc.) will be expected to report to on-campus work unless specifically notified otherwise by their supervisor.

In the event of extreme inclement weather/hazardous conditions, please follow these instructions:
  • Check SOU Alerts.  In the case of an emergency, this mass notification system quickly sends alerts through email, phone, and text messaging.  To sign up or customize your notifications, click here.
  • Review the Use of Leave During Campus Closures and the Temporary Closure or Curtailment of University Services Policy.
  • Check the SOU website at www.sou.edu.  
  • Call after 6:30 a.m. to confirm that the University will be open or closed.  For information regarding the Ashland campus, contact 541-552-7672.  For information regarding the Medford campus, contact 541-552-8100.  
  • Staff employees may be contacted by their immediate supervisor in the event of a closure due to inclement weather.  If the decision is made prior to the beginning of your regular work schedule, your supervisor will attempt to notify you as early as possible, but not later than 6:30 a.m.
  • Reporting to campus for work:  Employees of the campus community are expected to use their best judgment in assessing the risk of coming to campus based on individual circumstances.  Employees should work with supervisors on any schedule changes.
  • Working remotely:  Employees who work remotely are expected to continue working as usual during periods of inclement weather. However, in the event that inclement weather disrupts one’s ability to perform their work remotely, they should contact their supervisor to discuss the circumstances and coordinate a plan.
  • In accordance with Article 58 Section 2 of the 2019-2021 SEIU collective bargaining agreement, closures and delayed openings due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions may be compensated with available inclement weather leave (LTW).  Classified employees scheduled and directed to work on-campus during designated paid inclement weather/hazardous conditions shall be paid at the rate of double time-and-one-half (LTW + 1.5 times pay for the 2.5 rate). 

Tune in and listen to the following radio and TV stations to stay on top of the situation:

Southern Oregon Radio and TV Stations
Ashland KSOR KSMF  
Ashland to Gold Hill KSJK KSRG  
Grants Pass KAJO
KLDR
KAGI KSMF
Klamath Falls KLAD AM/FM
KSKF
KFEG
KNYR
KKKJ
KFLS
KYSF
KLMF
KKRB
KAGO AM/FM
Medford KCMX AM/FM
KOOL  
KAKT
KOBI TV
KSYS TV
KRWQ
KBOY
KMED
KTVL TV
KISS
KTMT
KZZE
KDRV TV
Yreka KSYC AM/FM KWHO KNSQ