Personnel Compensation and Benefits During Natural Disasters or Other Emergencies

Title: Personnel Compensation and Benefits During Natural Disasters or Other Emergencies
Approved by: University President
Date approved: March 30, 2020
Effective Date: March 15, 2020
Responsible Officials: VP of Human Resources, Provost, and Chief Executive Officer
Responsible University Offices: Office of Human Resources and Office of the Provost
Revision History: None
Related Legislation and University Policies: None
Review Period: 5 years
Date of Last Review: March 2020
Relates to: CWRU Personnel
Exclusions: None


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that compensation may continue for CWRU personnel when the university is impacted by natural disasters or other emergencies.


CWRU Personnel: Includes faculty, executive staff, senior staff, staff, graduate assistants, postdoctoral scholars, student employees, and others as deemed appropriate by the university

Natural disaster: A natural event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane that causes great damage or loss of life.

Other emergency: Includes declared public health emergency, Ohio state of emergency, U.S. national state of emergency, or other situations that significantly impact normal operations of the university.


During natural disasters and other emergencies, the university may continue compensation to CWRU personnel whether work is performed remotely or whether work is not able to continue due to emergency conditions, regardless of source of funds. This includes all forms of compensation such as, but not limited to, tuition remission paid in lieu of wages and salary and fringe benefits. The amount, form, and duration of this compensation shall be determined by the university, which may be amended at any time.