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February 14, 2016 - 5:45 pm

The University will activate Condition 1 of its adverse weather plan starting at 11:30 p.m. tonight (Feb. 14) based on current information available from the National Weather Service, local law enforcement and transit officials. University officials will continue to monitor weather forecasts and conditions overnight and make a decision about Monday morning operations early tomorrow morning. That decision will be communicated by 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Monday, Feb. 15.

While primary access points to buildings will be cleared, everyone should use an abundance of caution on Monday, Feb. 15, as walkways and stairs will be slippery. Follow the link (facilities.unc.edu) and note on the bottom, right side of the screen under the Announcements section, Building Snow Removal Plan, to see the routes on Campus that are the first to be cleared.

Condition 1:  Reduced Operations. (Starting at 11:30 p.m. tonight)

The University is open. Classes will operate on a regular schedule. Non-mandatory employees can decide to leave early, arrive late, or not report, with timely notice to their supervisor. They must use personal leave if not working. Alternatively, and only with supervisor approval, these employees may work from home or an alternate site. Mandatory employees must report to or remain at work unless otherwise notified.

Background

Staff employees are reminded of the UNC system’s new Adverse Weather and Emergency Closing Policy, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Visit http://hr.unc.edu/for-faculty-staff/adverse-weather/ to view the new policy and http://bit.ly/1OviRd8 for a summary that explains the key factors in the decision-making process about weather events in greater detail.

Key factors include projections about weather and travel conditions on area roads and campus sidewalks, as well as the operating plans of Chapel Hill Transit and other regional transit. Safety is the number one priority when making weather decisions about campus operations.
Please continue to check the University’s homepage, www.unc.edu, and official Twitter accounts (@UNC and @UNC_HR) for updates, along with the information sources listed below.

The University is committed to announcing any decision to change operations promptly to give people as much lead time as possible to plan travel to and from class and work.

Many University units – including Carolina Dining Services, Campus Health Services, performing arts and cultural venues, and the Department of Athletics – plan to post updates about the status of their operations and events on their individual websites and social media accounts.

Unless a change in operational status is announced, the University always operates on a regular schedule for students, faculty and staff employees. The University uses three new adverse weather operating conditions:  Condition 1 – Reduced Operations. (University is open.); Condition 2 – Suspended Operations. (University is open only for mandatory operations.); and Condition 3 – Closure. (Classes are cancelled; offices and facilities are closed.)

As a general rule, students, faculty and staff must use their own best judgment about whether they can travel safely to and from campus. General notices about state government agency delays and closings do not apply to the UNC System or UNC campuses. Please note the UNC System policy also says, “The Governor’s declaration of a ‘State of Emergency’ or an advisory by the State Highway Patrol to avoid travel does not automatically necessitate suspended operations.”

Information Sources

If winter weather changes the University’s operating status, campus communications will include:

  • An email, website post and, if conditions warrant, a text message from Alert Carolina, http://www.alertcarolina.unc.edu.You must be signed up to receive an Alert Carolina text message. Alert Carolina will send text messages about decisions to activate or deactivate Condition 2 or Condition 3.
  • Adverse Weather and Emergency Phone Line: (919) 843-1234. You may call this number to hear recorded announcements about campus operations.
  • UNC Traveler’s Information System Radio, 1610 AM, near campus.
  • UNC Transportation and Parking for information including parking lot conditions. (http://move.unc.edu)
  • Area news media websites and news reports.
  • Many University units and UNC Health Care post news about the status of their specific operations and events on their websites and official social media accounts.
  • Chapel Hill Transit also posts adverse weather news and routes and schedules. Refer to http://www.townofchapelhill.org/government/news-events/emergency/adverse-weather-updates