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Appalachian State University Inclement Weather Policy

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel classes during inclement weather. In determining whether to cancel classes because of inclement weather, the Chancellor consults with the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Vice Chancellor for Student Development and other university personnel as necessary.

Appalachian students, faculty and staff can learn of changes to the university’s operational schedule through a variety of sources. AppalNet and the university’s Web page ( will be the primary sources for information should the university’s operating schedule change. In addition, a recorded message announcing a change in normal operation will be available at (828) 262-SNOW. Other sources of information may include, but are not limited to, WATA-1450 AM, WASU-90.5 FM, WECR-102.3 FM, WKBC-97.3 FM and others. Information may be listed on television crawl screen messages on WBTV, WSOC and WJHL, for example, at the station’s discretion.

Every effort will be made to inform area radio and television stations and other sources by 6:30 a.m.

Faculty members are reminded that the media do not announce individual class cancellations. Section 5.2 of the faculty handbook requires faculty who must be absent from classes for unavoidable reasons to notify their department chair, and the department chair will make necessary arrangements for these classes.

Staff employees (SPA) should follow the State’s adverse weather policy as distributed by Human Resource Services and listed on the HRS web page (

Weather and related road conditions are not the same in every area where students, faculty and staff live. Therefore, the decision to travel to campus must ultimately rest with each individual. Students are responsible for any academic work they miss due to absences caused by inclement weather. Faculty should provide a reasonable opportunity for students to complete assignments or missed examinations due to such absences.