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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 828-227-3078.

Weather-Related Announcements

January 8, 2021

9:35 AM

University Officials have continued to monitor the winter weather event impacting our area.  Based on current road conditions and the extended forecast today, non-mandatory operations will be suspended today 01/08/2021. 

University offices will be operating under Condition Level 1 - Reduced Operations.  Condition Level 1 is appropriate when an event has significant potential to or is already negatively impacting local area commuting, important campus services, or the efficient functioning of campus buildings and grounds. In this instance, it may be beneficial for the University to permit expanded flexibility for employees to report to work late, leave early, or not report at all, based on their own personal circumstances.

All WCU employees should be familiar with the Adverse Weather Policy, Policy #41. Commuting faculty and staff should exercise discretion and good judgment in deciding whether to attempt travel during hazardous conditions. Questions about the policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at HumanResources@wcu.edu.

We will continue to assess weather conditions. Any further updates can be found at weather.wcu.edu

7:19 AM

As soon as we put out the last message regarding winter weather, it began snowing rather heavily on and around the Cullowhee campus, which has caused some rapidly deteriorating conditions on our area roads. Due to this, non-mandatory University Operations are suspended until 10 am on Friday, January 8, 2021.

WCU Biltmore Park will be closed on January 8 because of weather conditions. The administrative staff may be reached at 828-654-6498.

All WCU employees should be familiar with the Adverse Weather Policy, Policy #41. Commuting faculty and staff should exercise discretion and good judgment in deciding whether to attempt travel during hazardous conditions. Questions about the policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at HumanResources@wcu.edu.

We will continue to assess weather conditions today.  If there are any further changes to operating schedules, we will advise via email and post the information on the WCU homepage at www.wcu.edu.

5:59 AM

University officials have monitored the weather and road conditions through the night.  At this time, all University operations will be running on a normal schedule today, Friday, January 8, 2021.   

Commuting faculty and staff should exercise discretion and good judgment in deciding whether to attempt travel during hazardous conditions.

We will continue to assess weather conditions today.  If there are any changes to operating schedules, we will advise via email and post the information on the WCU homepage at www.wcu.edu.

January 7, 2021

As many are aware, the National Weather Service if forecasting winter weather tonight and into tomorrow morning.  However, it is difficult to determine how that will play out on the area roads due to the temperatures hovering at or just above freezing overnight.  At this point, University Operations are to remain on schedule.  For those travelling to the Cullowhee campus or to the instructional site at Biltmore Park, please examine your personal circumstances and use your own discretion in determining if you can safely travel to campus.

All WCU employees should be familiar with the Adverse Weather Policy, Policy #41. Commuting faculty and staff should exercise discretion and good judgment in deciding whether to attempt travel during hazardous conditions. Questions about the policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at HumanResources@wcu.edu.

We will continue to assess weather conditions into tomorrow morning.  If there are any further changes to operating schedules, we will advise via email and post the information on the WCU homepage at www.wcu.edu.

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 humanresources@wcu.edu.

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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