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Weather-Related Schedule Changes

All classes are operating on a normal schedule.

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General Weather Policy

Revised February 13, 2006

Since Western Carolina University is a residential university with more than 3,000 students in residence halls, the university does not, as a matter of general practice, close its operations or cancel classes in Cullowhee because of bad weather. Exceptions to that practice are rare and occur only when the weather is particularly severe, or when the entire student body is away from campus (usually during an extended break such as the Christmas/New Year's period between semesters) and would face difficulty in returning. Classes taught off-campus (e.g. Asheville , Cherokee) will be held unless conditions at those sites are hazardous. Should the host administration cancel classes or close campus, Western will abide by that decision.

Many Western students commute from different distances and directions and weather conditions for those students may vary greatly from conditions on the Cullowhee campus. Students are advised to check road conditions in their areas and determine whether it is reasonable for them to drive to campus. 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 Western's off-campus sites should assess driving conditions and notify their department head/dean if they are unable to meet their classes. Arrangements should be made as early as possible to allow for student notification.

The Provost will evaluate weather conditions and determine whether conditions require modifications to the regular campus class schedule. Should the decision be reached to modify daily operations, Public Relations will announce modifications to the university schedule via media outlets, the university Web site and email. In addition, Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the university web site when the possibility of adverse weather arises. Updates about the status of university operations will be posted on a continuing basis.

This policy, revised on February 13, 2006, becomes effective immediately. This new policy supplements the University's Adverse Weather Policy and replaces the adverse weather statement in the Student Handbook.

Faculty and staff can review the university adverse weather policy through this link or find it in the state personnel guidelines available from the Office of Human Resources.