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Campus Emergency Updates

In the event of an emergency, this page will provide the most current information on the nature of the emergency and the university’s response to the situation. If you have questions, call 828.227.7301.

Weather-Related Announcements

There are currently no weather-related announcements.

Information for Students and Faculty

Many WCU students commute to class from different distances and directions, and weather conditions for those students may vary greatly from conditions on the Cullowhee campus or at other instructional sites. Students are advised to check road conditions in their areas and determine whether it is reasonable for them to drive. The university expects students to make every effort to attend class, but not to jeopardize their safety by driving during dangerous conditions. Faculty members will accommodate those students who are unable to attend class because of hazardous weather conditions. Faculty members who are commuting to the Cullowhee campus or to one of WCU’s off-campus sites should assess driving conditions and notify their department heads if they are unable to meet their classes. Arrangements should be made as early as possible to allow for student notification, and faculty members are expected to coordinate an alternative and meaningful assignment for students.

The provost will evaluate the effect of weather conditions and determine whether those conditions require modifications to the regular class schedule. Should the decision be reached to modify daily operations, the Office of Communications and Public Relations will announce modifications to the university schedule via the university website and media outlets, and that information also will be distributed via email. In addition, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the university website when the possibility of adverse weather arises. Updates about the status of university operations will be posted on a continuing basis.

Policy for Faculty and Staff

Questions about the Adverse Weather and Emergency Closing Policy may be directed to Human Resources at 828.227.7218 or

Current Incidents 

There are currently no incidients. 

Emergency Phone Numbers

On-campus: dial 8911
Off-campus: dial 911
University Police: 828-227-7301


Emergency Notifications

WCU Alerts

WCU Alerts is a system that allows students, faculty, staff and parents to receive a message in case of emergency. Messages can be sent to e-mail, cell phone or home phone. Sign up for WCU Alerts today

Alertus Notification Software

Alertus Desktop Notification is a desktop software that WCU uses when an emergency occurs. The software allows Emergency Services to activate a warning that appears as a full-screen alert will appear on your PC and Mac. Download the Alertus Software


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