Thomas Jefferson University

Weather Emergency Policy


This policy applies to all Jefferson students and employees.  It defines the specific expectations and responsibilities administrators, management, students, staff and employees in the event of a weather related emergency.


As an academic health care center, Jefferson has a unique responsibility to the community.  During periods of extreme inclement weather, Jefferson's primary objective is to maintain essential operations, especially in the Hospital, University and Physicians Practices, which may encounter increased demands.  At the same time, Jefferson is concerned for the safety of patients, employees and students who may face transportation problems during such periods.  Therefore, in the event of a weather emergency, Jefferson shall implement procedures which ensure adequate staffing levels while also making reasonable allowances for transportation difficulties.

A toll-free Jefferson Hotline (800-858-8806) will provide a recorded message with weather emergency information, including ncluding class cancellations and schedule changes for special events. Information will be available through the Jefferson Blackboard campus portal.

Employees should also be familiar with the Emergency Attendance Policy 200.77.  That policy addresses attendance and compensation issues for designated and non-designated employees in the event of emergencies declared by Jefferson, including weather emergencies.


  1. The TJU President or designee shall declare a Weather Emergency for the University when required.  The Weather Emergency shall apply to all entities within Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson University Physicians practices.  The TJUH President or designee shall declare a Weather Emergency for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System that applies to TJUH, Methodist, JHN and all hospital satellite offices and all entities within  the hospital and inform the Hospital Administrator On-Call. The Hospital Administrator On-Call will keep the University Administrator On-Call informed.
  2. If the weather emergency has a prolonged major impact on staffing, supplies and patient movement, consideration will be made to open the Hospital Command Center on the Center City and Methodist Campus in accordance with Policy #102.71 Hospital Command Center. 
  3. In the event of an emergency declared by Hospital or University which requires the services of employees of the Departments of Facilities Services, Custodial Services or Security, the Senior Vice President, Facilities and Campus Planning, in concert with the TJU President or designee and the Vice President for Human Resources, may declare a departmental emergency and the provisions of this policy and the Emergency Attendance Policy apply.


Any questions or concerns regarding the intent and application of this Policy shall be resolved by the Department of Human Resources.

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