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Living in Iowa means living with winter weather. Unless weather is extreme and street crews are unable to keep up with clearing the snow and ice, the university will likely stay open. Continuity of services is essential to a medical and health sciences university as well as patient care in the DMU Clinic. In the event campus facilities must be closed, Des Moines University offers a Flexible Work Policy for eligible employees, as well as adaptable and virtual curriculum for students. This assures minimal disruption of University services and programs.

DMU’s decision may vary from undergraduate colleges/universities in the metro area, and very likely vary from local school districts’ decisions. Hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and other healthcare organizations may remain open on inclement weather days, much like DMU may remain open.

Employees and students, whether on-campus or at rotation sites, should use personal discretion whether to drive in winter conditions. Each one of us has a different comfort level when driving in these conditions.

  • Employees: If you are not comfortable driving in winter conditions or are not able to make it to work due to local school district closings, please contact your supervisor. Eligible employees who have completed the Telework Agreement and have been approved by their supervisor may telework. Employees not eligible to telework are required to use vacation, personal, or unpaid time (unpaid time if no vacation or personal time available) during these absences.
  • Students: If you are not comfortable driving in winter conditions or are not able to make it to campus or rotation site, please follow your program’s process for reporting an absence. Programs may decide to alter their published schedule due to inclement weather; students and faculty will be notified of such changes by the program’s customary process.

Important Information for Students and the Public

Important Information for Employees

Winter Weather Safety Information

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