Several colleges and universities in North Carolina are canceling classes and evacuating or closing their campuses because of concerns about Hurricane Dorian. More schools are taking precautions as the storm nears and the weather intensifies along the coast.
UNC Wilmington canceled all classes, including online, for the week and ordered students to evacuate campus by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The university will suspend grading and attendance policies until classes resume.
The Office of the Dean of Students can help evacuate students who don’t have a place to go.
“Be sure to share your evacuation location with your family and keep in touch with them before, during and after the weather event, to the best of your ability,” UNCW said in a news release. “If you do evacuate and plan to travel by car, be sure to have a full tank of gas, a paper map in the event of mobile service outages, and cash in the event of ATM outages.”
The university also canceled all university-sponsored athletic events this week.
UNCW campus will close for employees at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The university said employees should not report to campus unless instructed by supervisors. Condition 3 of the Adverse Weather Policy will be in effect until 5 p.m. Friday.
The university said it will continue monitoring the situation with information from the National Weather Service and state and local agencies and will communicate updates with the campus community. UNCW will notify students and employees when campus reopens and classes resume as soon as it makes that decision.
East Carolina University
ECU in Greenville canceled classes beginning at or after 3 p.m. Thursday and all classes on Friday because of the anticipated wind, rain and flooding from the hurricane. No evacuation was ordered.
The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the area around campus, which could see “tropical storm force wind gusts” up to 40 mph, heavy rainfall, flash flooding and damage to trees, according to ECU.
The university warned students and employees not to drive, swim or walk through floodwaters.
For ECU employees, the university will operate under Condition 1 of the UNC System Adverse Weather and Emergency Event policy from Thursday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. until Friday, Sept. 6 5 p.m. The university said employees should ask managers about schedules and alternate work locations.
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University canceled all classes Wednesday through Friday and issued a mandatory evacuation of residence halls. Students must be out of their dorms by Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will be notified on Friday when they can return to campus.
ECSU said if students have “extenuating circumstances that prevent their evacuation,” they should meet with their Community Director for accommodations.
Classes will resume on Monday.
The university will operate normally on Wednesday for employees, so they should report to campus. Employees will be notified on Wednesday of any changes.
All university-related activities on Wednesday will continue, including the grand opening of Khan Planetarium. The ceremonies for the new Chancellor, Karrie G. Dixon, this week are rescheduled for Oct. 10-13.
All UNC Pembroke classes after 12:05 p.m. Wednesday through Friday will be canceled. No evacuation was ordered.
The university said employees will operate on standard conditions through Wednesday.
UNC Pembroke will send out daily updates and instructions as the situation progresses.
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State canceled all classes starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday through the end of the week. Classes will resume on Monday. No evacuation was ordered.
The university will operate under Condition 2: Suspended Operations from 5 p.m. Wednesday until midnight on Thursday. Only mandatory employees should report to work.
The university will be open on Friday and will have reduced operations, so employees should report to work if possible or otherwise use their available paid leave. More information on the operations and conditions can be found in the university’s Adverse Weather and Emergency Events policy.
▪ At Barton College, all classes and campus activities, including athletics, are canceled Wednesday through Friday. The college expects to resume its normal schedule at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and classes should resume Monday. College offices are closed on Wednesday through Friday and will reopen Monday, but essential personnel will remain on duty.
▪ Mount Olive asked students to evacuate campus Wednesday and all seated classes were canceled starting Wednesday. It’s unclear when classes will resume.
▪ Chowan University canceled all classes and campus activities beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon through the end of the week. University offices will also close at 5 p.m. on Thursday and be closed Friday. The university plans to resume its normal operating schedule at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and classes will resume Monday.
As dozens of community colleges around the state are closing and evacuating, Lenoir Community College and Pamlico Community Colleges will be used as shelters.
▪Bladen Community College in Dublin will be closed from 5 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday.
▪Carteret Community College in Morehead City will be closed to students beginning Wednesday until further notice. The campus will be closed for employees from noon Wednesday until further notice. Students and employees were told not to return to campus until they hear from school officials.
▪Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. All classes at all campus locations and all online classes will not meet on Wednesday or Thursday. All campus events, including athletics, scheduled for those days are also canceled.
▪College of The Albemarle: Dare County and Roanoke Island campuses are closed Wednesday through Friday.
▪Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville closed Wednesday at 2 p.m. and will reopen Monday.
▪Durham Technical Community College is closed on Thursday.
▪Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro is closed Thursday and Friday.
▪Fayetteville Technical Community College is closed on Thursday.
▪Halifax Community College in Weldon is closed Thursday and Friday.
▪James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday and will reopen Monday.
▪Johnston Community College in Smithfield is closed Thursday and Friday.
▪Lenoir Community College in Kinston is closed Thursday and Friday.
▪Martin Community College is closing at noon on Thursday through Friday.
▪Nash Community College is closed Thursday and Friday.
▪Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro is closing Wednesday through Friday.
▪Pitt Community College is closed Wednesday through Friday.
▪Roanoke-Chowan Community College is closing Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and will reopen Monday.
▪Robeson in Lumberton Community College closed Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will reopen Monday.
▪Sampson Community College in Clinton closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed through Thursday.
▪Southeastern Community College in Whiteville is closed Wednesday through Thursday.
▪Wake Technical Community College canceled classes on Thursday
▪Wayne Community College in Goldsboro is closed Thursday and Friday.
▪Wilson Community College is closed Thursday and Friday and will reopen Monday.
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