Since Sarah Lawrence is a residential college, the services and functions of the various departments must continue at all times. For this reason, all employees are expected to make every reasonable effort to report to work regardless of weather conditions. On rare occasions if a serious storm occurs during the working day, the college may close early or open late. Decisions about closings or delayed openings will be made within the President’s Office.

In case of a delayed opening or a campus closing, the College will use the emergency notification protocol. A notice will be posted on the College's homepage. In addition faculty, staff, and students will receive notifications (text, voicemail and/or email) according to the information they've provided when signing up for the College's emergency notification system. If you have not signed up for the notification system, please contact Operations at 914-395-2385 to find out how to do so.

Prior to normal starting time when it is announced that Sarah Lawrence College offices will be closed due to inclement weather or that the College will be on a delayed opening, full-time employees will be paid for such time off. Part-time employees will only be paid if normally scheduled to work that day and only for those hours which the employee would normally work.

Employees who anticipate transportation difficulties when there is no formal delayed opening or closing may be permitted to come late or leave early, but will be expected to use their accrued vacation time for the hours they are absent while the College is open.

Hours missed by employees who would otherwise be at work, while the College is closed due to inclement weather shall not be charged to the employees' accrued vacation time.

Employees who are on an approved vacation, personal or sick day when the opening is delayed or the college is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency, will not be charged for their vacation, sick or personal time during the period of the delay or closing.

Employees who choose to take the full day off when there is a delayed opening or an early dismissal, will be charged as taking either a vacation, sick or personal day.

Certain departments are considered essential and will be expected to report to campus regardless of weather conditions. Affected employees will be notified in advance by their department heads. Certain positions are considered essential, but may be permitted to work from home or remotely. Affected employees will be notified in advance by their department heads.