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Campus Emergency Updates

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

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:

  • Please exercise discretion and good judgment in deciding if you can travel during hazardous conditions.
  • Please try to stay indoors and avoid driving if possible.
  • If you do have to travel:
    • 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.
    • For driving conditions on major roads, use the following resource:

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  University officials will continue monitoring the situation and will provide updates at

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.

Weather-Related Announcements

There are currently no weather-related announcements.

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.

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 Human Resources at 828.227.7218 or

Current Incidents

There are currently no incidients.

Emergency Phone Numbers

On-campus: dial 8911
Off-campus: dial 911
University Police: 828-227-7301

Emergency Notifications

WCU Alerts

WCU Alerts is a system that allows students, faculty, staff and parents to receive a message in case of emergency. Messages can be sent to email, cell phone or home phone.
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Alertus Notification Software

Alertus Desktop Notification is a desktop software that WCU uses when an emergency occurs. The software allows Emergency Services to activate a warning that appears as a full-screen alert will appear on your PC and Mac.
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