March 19, 2018 

Dear Students,

Hurricane Florence continues to be a powerful and unpredictable storm. The latest projections suggest more of South Carolina will be directly impacted by the hurricane. Given the projections and the uncertainty of the hurricane's path, Winthrop will cancel classes on Friday, September 14th, and Monday, September 17th. While classes are cancelled on Friday, the university will remain open for business.

Dacus Library will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. Monday hours will be posted on the library's webpage on Sunday.

Dining Services will be available during the following times:
Thompson Cafeteria, 7:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m., 5:00 - 9:30 p.m., Friday — Monday
Continental Breakfast 7:30 — 10:00 a.m.
Brunch 10:00 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

Einsteins, 8:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. Friday only
Tres Habeneros, Farmer's Field and the Grill only, 11:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m., Friday — Monday ,
The following services will be closed: Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Subway
* In the event of a power outage or extreme unsafe conditions, Markley's will be closed.

DiGiorgio Campus Center Hours:
Friday, 8:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Monday, 8:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m.

West Center will maintain a normal schedule. Information can be found at: /recservices/hours.aspx

The best way to receive emergency information is through our WU Alert system. If you have not signed up for WU Alert, you can do so at:

As I've emphasized previously, while you may have family and friends living in areas being evacuated, we strongly urge you NOT to travel to these areas, nor should students' families pick you up and head back toward an evacuation area. This is a large, dangerous storm. Please be safe and exercise all due caution should you decide to travel.

Emotional distress can happen before and after a disaster. If you're feeling stressed, visit the HCS website, and if you need to talk with someone immediately, please consider the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.