In the event of hazardous or inclement weather, students, faculty, and staff who have registered their cell phones with WU Alert will receive notification by text and/or voice mail. Other sources of notification include university e-mail or the university website where additional details related to campus closings or delays can be found. Should you not have access to cell phone notifications, e-mail, the Web, or other information, call the campus alert line, 803/323-2222, for a recorded message.
Please do not call Campus Police for closing information, as this will tie up phone lines that may be needed for an emergency.
A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted somewhere in the warning area. Usually the warning sirens will sound.
A hurricane watch is declared for an area when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning is declared when hurricane conditions are expected in an area in 24 hours or less. Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles per hour or greater.
If a hurricane warning is in affect and safe evacuation from campus is not an option:
In the event of a hurricane:
University Relations staff also will notify, as quickly as possible, the following local media outlets regarding closings and delays.
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Notices also may be listed in the Rock Hill Herald, Charlotte Observer, and SC's The State newspapers, provided decisions to close or delay classes meet publication deadlines.
If a weather incident requires cancelling classes on a weekend, there is a separate policy for that event.
Members of the Winthrop community should use their discretion in judging the safety of traveling to the university during periods of inclement weather. Check the Hazardous Weather/Emergency Leave Policy for details to help faculty and staff determine how inclement weather affects the work schedule.