Weather-Related Announcements

Posted 2:53 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Schedule changes announced for Monday exams in Cullowhee, Biltmore Park

Campus Community:

Due to the anticipated hazardous road conditions in the morning, and the restrictions this places on Cat-Tran being able to run, the following changes in schedule are being put in place for Monday, Dec. 10:

Cullowhee Campus

  • All exams originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday have been moved to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.
    • Faculty members have the option of administering these exams online at their discretion.
  • All operations at the Cullowhee campus will be at Condition 1 (Reduced Operations – University is Open) until 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10.

Biltmore Park Instructional Site

  • The Biltmore Park instructional site will be closed both day and night on Monday, Dec. 10.
  • Biltmore Park students should check their email and/or blackboard for further instructions from faculty regarding their exams.

Commuting students, faculty and staff should exercise discretion and good judgment in deciding whether to attempt travel during hazardous conditions. Students, if you feel that you cannot safely get to campus, you are expected to get in touch with your instructors.

As a reminder, please keep the following in mind:

  • Use your own discretion when it comes to your ability to travel safely to campus.
  • Drive slowly and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Give yourself plenty of time to stop, and avoid all distractions.
  • Shaded areas melt much slower than those exposed to direct sunlight. Use caution.
  • Areas that may look wet could actually be ice – use caution.
  • For driving conditions on major roads, use the following resource:

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

We will be assessing conditions throughout the day. If there are any further changes to exam or operating schedules, we will post the information on this web page.

Carol Burton, Acting Provost


Schedule changes announced for ‘Light Chasers’ performance, ‘Don Quixote’

Schedule changes have been announced for two events in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts because of the forecast for inclement weather.

The Saturday, Dec. 8, performance of “Light Chasers” has been canceled, but tickets purchased for that show will be valid for the performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Hoey Auditorium. The Saturday performance will not be rescheduled.

Also, the screening of “Don Quixote” by the Bolshoi Ballet scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9, has been postponed to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Tickets purchased for the Dec. 9 event will be valid for the Jan. 13 showing.

For more information, call 828-227-ARTS.


Updates available on WCU Dining Services hours of operation

During the inclement weather, updates on the operating hours for WCU Dining Services (@WCUCampusDining) operations will be available on this Instagram site.


Useful Links

Weather forecast for Cullowhee

More weather information

Road conditions from the N.C. Department of Transportation (Select region, route or county, and click on “adverse weather” tab.)

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 the Office of Human Resources at 828-227-7218 or