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Adverse Weather Procedures

Decision Making

During inclement weather, the Office of the Provost, in consultation with University Police and Facilities Management, determines whether classes will be delayed, canceled or held as scheduled. When inclement weather occurs overnight or in the very early morning, the decision concerning classes is usually made and announced by 6 a.m. The decision to cancel evening classes, which are those classes that begin at 6 p.m. or later, is usually made and announced by 3:30 p.m. Unexpected snow or ice and worsening weather conditions can alter these timelines.

Late Start Class Schedule

If day classes are delayed, the University operates on the Late Start Class Schedule (view the Late Start Class Schedule).

Staff Flex Schedule

If classes are on a late start schedule, ”Staff Flex Start” is in effect, providing a two-hour window for staff to report to work in the morning during an official "Late Start."  This two-hour window is not an option for certain staff members designated as mandatory (critical) personnel for emergency operations.  Non-mandatory employees must record time missed to the appropriate leave category as outlined in the Adverse Weather Policy.

If classes are delayed, it is important to know that one component of this decision is the Facilities Management Snow Removal Team has determined that they can get the snow removed in priority areas and create passable conditions for the campus.  To help them facilitate these conditions, we ask that faculty and staff arriving on campus prior to the late start time, please park in lot P25.  This will allow our Facilities team to continue to work unimpeded on clearing the rest of campus.


Late starts and class cancellations are announced on the UNC Asheville Snowline (828.259.3050), the notification stripe is activated on UNC Asheville's home page, and an e-mail announcement is sent to faculty, staff and students' campus e-mail accounts.

 News Services notifies area TV and radio stations. Historically, the Snowline and UNC Asheville's home page have been more reliable than media outlets because the University is able to post and change messages faster than media outlets.

Last edited by on February 2, 2015