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With severe storm approaching the East Coast, WVU Tech reminds campus community about safety and resources

We urge students, faculty and staff to be prepared as the state braces for the impact of Hurricane Florence, making landfall along the East Coast later this week.

While there is no indication at this point that the Beckley campus will get hit hard by this storm, the impacts of Florence are expected to be felt in many parts of our region and members of our Golden Bear family may be affected.

Should conditions deteriorate making travel potentially dangerous, both students and employees are reminded to use their own good judgment before venturing out. 

Any decision to cancel classes – or to close the University or a divisional campus or office – will be made after University officials have consulted on the condition of campus roads and grounds as well as conditions in the vicinity.

A declaration of a weather emergency by the governor does not automatically close WVU campuses or offices.

Students should inform and work with their instructors and work supervisors regarding expected absences due to weather, and faculty members should also make every effort to notify students in advance if they need to cancel class.

In the event of a campus closure or a delay or cancellation of classes, many units will remain operational, including dining and residence hall services, roads and grounds crews. These units are reminded to review their emergency internal operating procedures.

If officials do decide to cancel classes or close the University, students and employees will be informed through many outlets, including:

Information/policies regarding WVU Tech’s Inclement Weather Delays/Closure Policy can be found at

WVU Extension Service will follow its internal inclement weather policy, which can be found at

Students and employees are also encouraged to keep their electronic devices charged prior to the storm’s arrival. Also, it is important to be familiar with social media and other communication platforms for local utility companies and emergency services.

 The WVU Tech Division of Student Life is also prepared to offer support to students. If you need assistance, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 304-929-1232 during office hours or University Police at 304-929-2677 or via the WVU Tech LiveSafe app after hours or in the event of an emergency.

If you are experiencing fear or concern regarding the storm and are interested in talking with a counselor, please contact the WVU Tech Counseling Office at 304.929.1237.