Emergency & Safety
For the Hickory campus, call 828-328-SNOW (828-328-7669) to get the most recent decisions on closures and/or delays. For morning classes, decisions are generally made by around 5:00 AM. Notices will also be posted on the University website if there are inclement weather conditions and closing announcements. In only the most severe cases, University offices may also be closed.
The cancellation of classes for an entire day will occur only under the most severe weather conditions. If weather conditions warrant, the University may adopt a two-hour delayed class schedule for the day with shortened class periods according to the following plan:
On-campus meals. On days when classes are canceled or delayed, breakfast will be delayed and available for residential students beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Library. If at all possible, the library will be open during inclement weather from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Convocations/Chapel on MWF: During the delayed class schedule, the traditional 10:00-10:50 block may be used for convocation and chapel on MWF. (Activities should be shortened to end by 10:40 a.m. to furnish students time to make their 10:50 classes.) Students should refer to the LR website to determine if scheduled events have been canceled.
During periods of inclement weather when the University operates either on a delayed schedule or on a regular class schedule, commuting students who are unable to attend classes due to travel conditions will not be penalized. Commuting students should exercise good judgment in deciding whether to attempt to travel to the campus and are encouraged not to do so when conditions might threaten their safety. It is fully the responsibility of commuter students facing this situation to promptly contact their instructors directly to indicate the reason for their absence and to request assistance concerning course materials pertinent to keeping current with the class.
- Delays. Morning delays will not affect evening classes starting at 4:00 p.m. or later. These will begin at their regular times and will meet for the full class period.
- Cancellations. In the event of inclement weather during late afternoon or evening, Evening classes may be canceled. Students should call the LR Information Line, 328-SNOW (328-7669), or check the University website for information. Often, decisions on day classes and evening classes will be made separately, e.g., cancellation of morning classes may not necessarily imply evening cancellations on that same day. In these cases, a decision on evening classes will be made in the early afternoon.
- Rescheduling. In the event that late afternoon or Evening and Graduate classes are canceled due to severe weather conditions, the instructor will reschedule the missed session at a time that is mutually convenient for the instructor and students (through either face-to-face or online instruction).
MWF Delayed Class Schedule
|Regular Start Times||Rescheduled Times|
|8:00 am||10:00 - 10:40 am|
|9:00 am||10:50 - 11:30 am|
|11:00 am||11:40 am - 12:20 pm|
|12:00 noon||12:30 - 1:10 pm|
|1:00 pm||1:20 - 2:00 pm|
|2:00 pm||2:10 - 2:50 pm|
|3:00 pm||Return to Regular Schedule|
|Evening Classes||Regular Schedule|
T/R Delayed Class Schedule
|Regular Start Times||Rescheduled Times|
|8:00 am||10:00 - 10:50 am|
|9:25 am||11:00 - 11:50 am|
|10:50 am||12:00 - 12:50 pm|
|12:15 noon||1:00 - 1:50 pm|
|1:40 pm||2:00 - 2:50 pm|
|3:05 pm||Return to Regular Schedule|
|Graduate/Evening Classes||Regular Schedule|
During inclement weather, the Graduate Center Director, in consultation with Asheville Chamber staff and local police and public safety officials, will determine whether the Center facility will be open and if classes will be delayed, canceled or held as scheduled. When inclement weather occurs overnight or in the very early morning, decisions concerning opening facilities and classes are usually made and announced by 7 a.m. The decision to cancel afternoon/evening classes, which are those classes that begin at 4 p.m. or later, will usually be made and announced by 2:00 p.m. Unexpected snow or ice and worsening weather conditions can alter these timelines.
Asheville graduate students should exercise good judgment in deciding whether to attempt to travel to the Center and are encouraged not to do so when conditions might threaten their safety or the safety of others. It is fully the responsibility of students in deciding whether to attempt to travel to the Center. Again, you are encouraged not to do so when conditions might threaten anyone’s safety. It is also fully the responsibility of students facing this situation to promptly contact their instructors directly to indicate the reason for their absence and to request assistance concerning course materials pertinent to keeping current with the class. Commuting students who are unable to attend classes due to travel conditions will not be penalized for their non-attendance.
Facility closings, late starts and class cancellations will be announced via an email announcement sent to faculty, staff and students' campus email accounts. We will also post class cancellations on the Center’s Facebook and Twitter sites as well as to WLOS, WCQS, and the Citizen-Times. Changes in schedules of University non-class events and activities, such as conferences, workshops and speakers, will be announced via email and posted on the Center’s Facebook and Twitter sites.
Pay attention to your email and other devices that receive RAVE Alert messages for information about delays and closings — and the resuming of normal operating schedule once conditions allow. Also, check the LR Columbia campus website, social media pages, and local television stations.
The Columbia campus leadership team, in consult with LR Hickory leadership, Budd Group and Weiser Security, will make decisions regarding the closing of the Columbia campus — as well as the return to a normal schedule
Pay close attention to notifications from campus administration. Watch local weather broadcasts and heed the warnings and directives of the National Weather Service.
Plan ahead by making available any provisions you would need to live up to several days without power: food (e.g., dry goods that don’t require preparation), bottled water, batteries, flashlights, etc. Ensure that you have reliable means of transportation (including sufficient fuel) in the event of an evacuation.
Pay attention to your email and other devices that receive RAVE Alert messages for information. You may also receive notification in person by seminary administration.
- For a Severe Thunderstorm: Remain inside and alert.
- For a Tornado Watch (i.e., conditions are good for a tornado, but there have been no sightings): Remain inside and alert to the possibility of tornados.
- For a Tornado Warning (i.e., a funnel could or tornado has actually been sighted): TAKE COVER
1. Go to the lowest, center-most room possible. If in one of the following buildings, proceed to the corresponding locations within that building:
Chapel - Reinartz Hall Kitchenette area
Student Union - Downstairs bathrooms
Beam Hall - Garden level interior hallways (away from windows)
Library - Basement
Yost building - Bathrooms or closet
Voigt Building - Downstairs/interior hallway
Stavros - Atrium bathrooms
Branham - Kitchenette area
Price House - Beside Stairwell (first floor)
2. Avoid windows, corners, doors, and outside walls
3. Cover arms and neck if possible
- If a Tornado hits campus: After the immediate danger has passed, please meet in the library and/or faculty/visitor parking lot. Wait for additional instructions from Columbia campus administration or public safety officials.
1. Cover arms and neck if possible.
2. Avoid windows, corners, doors, and outside walls.
Based on severity or the condition of buildings in the aftermath, an earthquake may warrant an evacuation of buildings. In an evacuation, faculty, staff and students, should:
1. Locate the nearest exit that can be used safely (follow illumined exit signs).
2. Immediately assist individuals with disabilities or otherwise in need of assistance.
3. Do not use elevators.
4. Notify other rooms (classrooms, offices, bathrooms, etc) of the evacuation.
5. Assemble in the Pecan Grove, away from buildings.
6. If you are in a class, please stay with your class so all people can be counted.