Office of Student Affairs

Inclement Weather Policy


Should the Chancellor determine that classes are to be cancelled and/or the University closed due to inclement weather, the following steps shall be implemented for courses and clerkships by the School of Medicine:

  • If UMKC Volker campus has closed, there will be no School of Medicine course activities that day.  This includes regularly scheduled lectures, laboratories and learning activities.

Clinical activities will also be suspended in the following way:

  • If notification occurs by 5:30 a.m. using the UMKCAlert! System students are excused from clinical duties.  The UMKC SOM will communicate an announcement from the Dean’s office by email to course directors, clerkship directors, program directors, and UMKC faculty and staff when this has occurred.  Clerkship directors will also make efforts to communicate to faculty and to students on their rotation either by email or through Blackboard when clinical duties are suspended.  Students should not be expected to report for clinical duty for that day.  Students will also receive communication from the Dean’s office by email but may call or communicate with their clerkship director, attending or supervisory resident, or the coordinator for the clerkship to confirm.
  • If notification occurs during the day or before 3:00 p.m. for evening events and classes, the UMKC SOM will communicate an announcement from the Dean’s office to course directors, clerkship directors, program directors, and UMKC faculty and staff when this has occurred.  Specific information regarding the weather status at the School of Medicine will be placed on the SOM website and SOM primary telephone number (816-235-1808) to reflect the same weather closure information on the UMKC primary website.  The site and telephone recording will reflect information regarding any testing schedules that may be affected. Students should be excused immediately from clinical duties in order to return home safely.
  • Clerkship directors should also make efforts to communicate to faculty, residents, and to students on their rotation by email or through Blackboard when clinical duties are suspended, especially if students will be coming to the hospital for clinical duties after business hours.   Students will also receive communication from the Dean’s office by email but may call or communicate with their clerkship director, or attending or supervisory resident, or the coordinator for the clerkship if before 5:00 pm. If the closure occurs during a scheduled internal clerkship examination, contact the coordinator for information on when the examination will be rescheduled.

Subject examinations:

  • If classes are cancelled at the time a subject examination is scheduled, the Office of Medical Education and Research will not administer the subject exam that day, but will reschedule it for the following evening.  For CBSE on Saturdays, OMER will notify students and proctors by e-mail that it will be rescheduled and depending on the weather possibly for Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon.
  • For students on Preceptorship, refer to the syllabus on the procedure for inclement weather that occurs for your area.
  • Students will be responsible for providing up-to-date e-mail addresses on OASIS and for checking their e-mail.