Weather-Related Announcements

Posted: 2:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17

WCU Public Safety has released this update regarding Hurricane Florence:

To: University Community

Western Carolina University has received minimal effects from what is now Tropical Depression Florence. At this time, all classes and university operations will continue to run on a normal schedule.

Realizing that this storm may continue to have adverse impacts on various areas of the state, we ask that students (particularly online students or students at off-campus sites) who feel that they may not be able to attend class make arrangements with their instructors on a case-by-case basis. Western Carolina University is committed to working with those students to provide alternate assignments and accommodations.

Situation and Forecasts

As stated previously, we will continue to monitor local forecasts from the National Weather Service.  These links are:

We are asking anyone traveling to the main campus or the Biltmore Park instructional site to take the following precautions:

  • Review up-to-date road conditions across the state by visiting the N.C. Department of Transportation website at https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.
  • If you come across a road with water across it, do not attempt to traverse it. It takes only a few inches of fast-moving water to sweep away a vehicle. Additionally, parts of the road may be washed out. To clarify, we do not have these hazards at this time around our campus or instructional sites, but many roads to the east of Cullowhee have been affected by the storm.
  • Pay attention to the weather forecasts via the links above.

This will be our final update relating to Florence. We appreciate you helping us keep Western Carolina University safe.

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 HumanResources@wcu.edu.