Weather-Related Announcements

Adverse Weather Update

February 21, 2020

University officials have monitored the weather and road conditions through the night.  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 today, Friday, February 21, 2020.

For those students, staff, and faculty traveling 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 Blackboard and/or email.

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.

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 be ice – use caution.
  • Driving conditions on major roads are available on the NC Dot 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 HumanResources@wcu.edu.