Graduate Student Handbook
When meeting with your supervisor for the first time, it's important to confirm whether you are considered "essential personnel." In the event that the University is closed due to inclement weather, only essential personnel are to report to work. These employees usually have responsibilities for research or equipment that must be maintained, even when the building is closed. For staff, this designation is to be included in your job description. If this is not stated in the job description and the supervisor has not mentioned it, the employee is not considered essential personnel.