UNC will extend closure until 1 p.m., then reopen on regular schedule

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UNC-Chapel Hill will extend closure until 1 p.m., then reopen on regular schedule

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Feb. 27, 2015) – Due to safety considerations, UNC-Chapel Hill will extend its closed status Friday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. before reopening on a regular schedule.

 

Starting at 1 p.m., classes will be held and offices will be open. (Condition 1)

 

Today’s decision was based on a variety of safety factors including the expected time temperatures will rise above the freezing mark later this morning. That timing affects Chapel Hill Transit, which is resuming limited service this morning, and campus ground crews who will continue their hard work since Thursday to clear and treat sidewalks to make them as safe as possible for pedestrians.

 

For Students and Faculty

Classes will resume on the regular schedule starting at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Classes scheduled prior to 1 p.m. remain canceled. Arrangements to make up missed classes are at the discretion of the faculty member. (Condition 1)

 

For Employees

University offices will remain closed between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. (Condition 3) Severe weather essential (mandatory) employees are required to report to work as directed by their management. Non-mandatory employees must not report to work before 1 p.m. Under state Emergency Closing policy, non-mandatory employees will not have to use personal leave when Condition 3 is in effect.

 

Starting at 1 p.m., offices will reopen on a regular schedule. (Condition 1)

 

Employees (SPA and EPA non-faculty) are reminded of the University’s Adverse Weather Policy and Emergency Closing Policy (http://hr.unc.edu/for-faculty-staff/adverse-weather/). See the Adverse Weather Policy Clarification for Employees for more details. (http://www.alertcarolina.unc.edu/go/doc/1395/2092545/Adverse-Weather-Policy-Clarification-for-Employees)

 

Chapel Hill Transit Service

Chapel Hill Transit has announced plans to resume limited service this morning. For details about availability, including park-and-ride lots, refer to http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/Home/Components/News/News/8470/22?backlist=%2f.

 

Adverse Weather Background

Safety is the University’s number one priority when considering the impact of winter weather on campus operations. Please continue to check the University’s homepage, www.unc.edu, and official Twitter account (@UNC) for updates about University operations, along with the information sources listed below. The University is committed to announcing any decision to change operations promptly to give students, faculty and staff as much lead time as possible for planning travel to class and work.

 

UNC uses three main adverse weather operating conditions:  Condition 1 (open), Condition 2 (classes canceled; University has suspended non-mandatory operations; offices are open and non-mandatory employees should report to work if possible) or Condition 3 (classes canceled; offices closed).

 

Reports of state government closings do not apply to the University. The University generally announces adverse weather news on www.unc.edu, the campus information sources listed below, and through the Triangle and Triad area news media. Unless a change is announced, the University always operates under Condition 1 – regular schedule.

 

Other Information Sources

 

 

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Contact:  Communications and Public Affairs, (919) 962-2091 (main office number); 216-2584 (on-call pager)