CON Cancellation of Classes or Clinical Experiences version March 2015

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
Cancellation of Classes or Clinical Experiences Subsection: 4.2.6
Section 4.0 - Faculty Policies Originating Date: September 1971
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Executive Council
Revised: January 1993
Revised: March 1999
Revised: March 2001
Revised: February 2008
Reviewed: March 2015


  1. In the event of a severe weather or other emergency in which the police request that UNMC keep people off the streets in Omaha, the Chancellor will officially close the campus and cancel classes including College of Nursing classes.
  2. In the event that UNMC does not close or cancel classes, but UNO/UNL/UNK (as the case may be) cancels classes, the CON will suspend classes (i.e. if UNO cancels classes, Omaha CON suspends operations; if UNL cancels classes, Lincoln CON suspends operations; if UNK cancels classes, CON Kearney suspends operations; if NECC cancels classes, Norfolk CON suspends operations). The Assistant Dean, West Nebraska Division (WND), will determine whether classes will be suspended for the WND.
  3. There may be times when a decision must be made by individual faculty about classes or clinical experiences when there is no official cancellation. In this event, College of Nursing faculty members must make a judgment regarding the wisdom of having class or clinical experience at this time. In making decisions about class and clinical, faculty should consider that maintaining safety of all is a priority.

Procedure for Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Northern Divisions:

In the event of an official closing of the campus by the Chancellor:

  1. Notification of closing of campus classes will be given over all major radio and TV stations.
  2. Faculty, staff and students will be informed at orientation that notification of official campus closing by the respective Chancellors will be broadcast over all major radio and TV stations.

Cancellation of College of Nursing Classes or Clinical Experiences

  1. There may be times when due to rapid weather changes or other circumstances, a decision must be made by faculty about classes or clinical experiences when there is no official campus closing. In this event, College of Nursing faculty members must make a professional judgment regarding the wisdom of having class or clinical experiences at this time. If possible, they should consult with the appropriate Program Director, Assistant Dean, or the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in making the decision. Faculty members who decide to cancel classes or clinical experiences are responsible for notifying their students, the clinical area involved, Student Services office, the College of Nursing Dean’s Office, and arranging make-up of classes or clinical experience.
  2. If students arrive at the clinical area and faculty are not present, and the clinical experience has been cancelled, the students should leave and the clinical experience will be made up.
  3. If faculty and students arrive in a clinical area before an official cancellation, faculty use their judgment in determining whether the clinical experience will continue.
  4. If a class is delivered across campuses, class will be suspended for all campuses if the campus of origin is closed or has suspended classes.

Procedure for West Nebraska Division:

In the event of a severe weather or other emergency in this division, the Assistant Dean or the Assistant Dean's designee will officially suspend classes and clinical experiences. When the decision has been made to officially suspend classes and/or clinical experiences, the Assistant Dean or designee will notify the course coordinators who will notify the faculty. Faculty will contact the clinical agencies and students. The Assistant Dean, West Nebraska Division will notify the local broadcast media and the Dean’s Office.