Tuesday, Jan. 18
University officials have been monitoring the weather and road conditions throughout the last few days. At this time, all classes and business operations at WCU’s Cullowhee campus and the Biltmore Park instructional site will be running on a normal schedule beginning Wednesday, Jan. 19.
For those students, staff and faculty 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. For those students that feel that they cannot safely return to campus, we urge you to contact your instructors to advise them of your situation and obtain class assignments via Canvas and/or email. University employees are urged to communicate with their supervisors if conditions prevent them from coming to work.
The safety of all members of our campus community is our top consideration when evaluating these weather conditions and making decisions about changes to the university schedule. Any further updates can be found on our website at www.wcu.edu.
WCU Office of the Provost
Monday, Jan. 17
Out of an abundance of caution, Western Carolina University’s day and evening in-person classes in Cullowhee will be suspended Tuesday, Jan. 18, due to the continued hazardous road conditions in the region resulting from the winter storm.
All in-person day and evening classes at the Biltmore Park Instructional Site will also be suspended on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
As a reminder, please keep the following in mind:
Online classes are not affected by weather-related changes to the regular class schedule.
University offices will be open on a normal schedule and will be operating under Condition Level 1 - Reduced Operations (University is Open).
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. University officials will continue monitoring the situation and will provide updates at www.wcu.edu.
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.
There are currently no weather-related announcements.
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.
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.
There are currently no incidients.
On-campus: dial 8911
Off-campus: dial 911
University Police: 828-227-7301
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