It is the policy of Seneca College to provide a safe learning and working environment for students, staff and campus visitors.
With the exception of the December holiday break and statutory holidays, the college remains open every day. On occasion, severe weather conditions or other emergencies such as utility failures or floods may require an individual campus or the college to close in the interest of safety. Should this action be necessary, the college will provide as much notice as possible in the circumstance to minimize inconvenience.
The Vice-President, Finance and Administration will determine whether a campus/college closure is necessary. In the absence of the Vice-President, Finance and Administration, the decision will be made by an alternate Vice-President, as designated by the Vice-President, Finance and Administration. Employees who are scheduled to work on the partial day/full day of a closure due severe weather conditions or other emergency will receive their regular rate of pay.
Unless the campus/college is officially closed due to severe weather conditions or other emergencies, employees are required to be at work. Employees absent from work due to weather conditions will be required to utilize a vacation day, lieu day or a leave of absence without pay. Any exceptions to this policy must be authorized by the appropriate Vice-President.
In order to ensure the health and safety of the college community, some positions are designated as essential. Designated essential employees are required to remain at work or report to work as soon as possible in the event the campus/college is declared officially closed.
- In instances where an employee designated as essential is required to report to work, compensation shall be based on the applicable provisions of the collective agreement.
- In instances where an employee designated as essential is required to remain at work, the employee will receive paid time off, calculated at their regular rate of pay for the period of the closure, to be scheduled at a later date.
- In instances where an employee designated as essential is required to work beyond their regular scheduled hours, compensation shall be based on the applicable provisions of the collective agreement.