Inclement Weather Policy

The practice of Lees-McRae College is to continue operations, both instructional and administrative, even during inclement weather conditions.

In the event the Banner Elk area experiences inclement weather conditions, and classes or other operations are not delayed or cancelled, employees should exercise all due care, caution, and prudent judgment in their determination of whether travel to campus is safe and warranted. The same applies to employees whose responsibilities lie at other operational sites.

If employees decide not to attempt travel, they should make every effort to inform the appropriate supervisor of that decision prior to the start of the workday. When the college is open and employees make the decision not to attempt travel, employees must report missed work time as a personal day or vacation time. Sick leave may not be used.

If extraordinarily severe conditions warrant, the president or their designee, in consultation with the Office of Campus Safety and Campus Facilities, may delay classes, cancel classes, delay opening of the college, or close the college. These distinctions being important, the following definitions become significant:

  • Classes Will Begin At …: Classes begin at the stated time; other college operations begin as usual.
  • Classes Are Cancelled: Classes throughout the day are cancelled; other college operations continue as usual.
  • The College Will Open At …: Both classes and administrative operations begin at the stated time.
  • The College Is Closed: Both classes and administrative operations are cancelled for the day. Only essential employees are expected to report to campus. Additional employees may be required on campus at the discretion of the supervising Cabinet member.

Inclement weather decisions will be communicated through official college email, website, social media accounts, and the emergency alert system.