University Operating Status
Normal: The University is currently operating under normal conditions
Please consider your personal safety first when deciding on when and how to return to campus. Faculty are encouraged to use their own discretion and work with students to make accommodations for students who may be unable to travel to campus and need to reschedule. The University is committed to working with faculty, students and staff to ensure the safe and equitable delivery of academic instruction.
- An email, website post and, if conditions warrant, a text message from Alert Carolina, https://alertcarolina.unc.edu. You must be signed up to receive an Alert Carolina text message.
- Posts on the University’s homepage, www.unc.edu, amplified via official social media accounts including @UNC, @AlertCarolina (for parents, family, Chapel Hill residents and friends) and @UNC_HR on Twitter.
- Adverse Weather and Emergency Phone Line: (919) 843-1234. You may call this number to hear recorded announcements about campus operations.
- UNC Transportation and Parking for information including parking lot conditions and the status of Point-to-Point shuttle operations, which may cease at any point when travel becomes hazardous for drivers and passengers. Refer to https://move.unc.edu. Transportation and Parking updates are also posted on Twitter at @MoveUNC.
- Area news media websites.
- Chapel Hill Transit also posts adverse weather news and routes and schedules.
Your safety is our number one consideration. We rely on information from our grounds, public safety and transportation staffs, Chapel Hill Transit, law enforcement agencies, the National Weather Service, and other sources when deciding how the campus will operate during winter weather events. Please refer to alertcarolina.unc.edu for more information on how these decisions are made and communicated.
Unless a change in operational status is announced, the University always operates on a regular schedule. Based on a 2016 University of North Carolina system adverse weather policy for all UNC campuses, UNC-Chapel Hill may activate three 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).
Please visit “Adverse Weather and Emergency Closing” posted on the Alert Carolina and Office of Human Resources websites to view an easy-to-read chart describing the three conditions in greater detail along with a summary explaining the key factors in the decision-making process.
Please note that under the UNC System policy, Condition 3 would be an extremely rare event, and the System Office only grants it retroactively. Also, general notices about state government agency delays and closings do not automatically apply to UNC-Chapel Hill or the UNC system. Under the UNC system policy, neither do “state of emergency” declarations from the governor or travel advisories from the State Highway Patrol.
As a general rule, students, faculty and staff must use their own best judgement about whether they can travel safety to and from campus.