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January 26, 2016 - 1:05 am

Dear Staff, Faculty and Students:

The University remains at Condition 1 (reduced operations) but the University will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8 a.m.

University crews have worked all weekend to treat and clear campus sidewalks and parking lots. While thawing continues, please continue to use caution when walking on campus. Falling snow and ice from the roofs of buildings can be expected as warming temperatures continue. Use handrails for stability on stairs as these could still be icy tonight and early tomorrow.

As a reminder: Condition 1, reduced operations, means the University is open. Classes will operate on a regular schedule today and through tonight. Non-mandatory employees can decide to leave early, arrive late, or not report, with timely notice to their supervisors. They must use personal leave if not working. Alternatively, and only with supervisor approval, these employees may work from home or an alternate site. No make-up time can be coded for Condition 1. Mandatory employees must report to or remain at work unless otherwise notified.

Safety is the number one priority when making weather decisions about campus operations. As a general rule, students, faculty and staff must use their own best judgment about whether they can travel safely to and from campus.

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.

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