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Emergency Cancellation & Closing Policy

At times, emergencies such as severe weather, fires, power failures or earthquakes can disrupt the normal business operations of the College, and even result in the closure of part or all of the College. The authority to cancel all regularly scheduled classes or close the College rests with the President and Provost of the College.

Young Harris College places the highest priority on the safety and wellbeing of its students, faculty and staff. Everyone is encouraged to exercise extreme caution when traveling under hazardous conditions.

Notification Tools

If circumstances require the cancellation of all classes or closing of campus, the College will use multiple communication tools, as available, to notify students, faculty and staff. These tools include:

College Closing

If the President and Provost close the College, the Provost will notify all administrators who report to the Provost and the President so that they may contact employees within their departments or divisions. Refer to Section 510 of the Young Harris College Employee Handbook for more information about Emergency Closings.

Class Cancellations

Young Harris College will maintain its published class schedule except in cases of severe weather or other emergencies.

Student Instructions

In case of inclement weather or other emergency, students may call (706) 379-5045 for a recorded list of cancelled classes. This recording will be updated throughout the day during times of inclement weather or other emergency situation. Students who are unable to attend class due to inclement weather or unsafe driving conditions are responsible for any missed assignments and must take the initiative to make up any class work. They should contact their teachers via email and meet with their professors immediately upon their return to campus. Faculty members will provide reasonable opportunities for students to complete the assignments or examinations missed as a result of absences caused by inclement weather or hazardous driving conditions.

Faculty and Classroom Instructions

If the campus is open, all administrators, faculty and staff are expected to make a reasonable effort to maintain their regular work schedule. Faculty who cannot travel to campus because of hazardous driving conditions should notify their academic dean. A recorded list of cancelled classes will be made available on Extension 5045. Faculty members are encouraged to change their voicemail greeting and use an “out of office” email message. Faculty members must also file a written plan with the Provost’s office detailing how they will make up missed class work.

Staff Instructions

If the campus is open, all administrators, faculty and staff are expected to make a reasonable effort to maintain their regular work schedule. Staff who cannot travel to campus because of hazardous driving conditions should notify their supervisors.

Updated January 4, 2011