A message from the Office of Campus Safety:
MONDAY EVENING UPDATE — There will be a two-hour delay on Tuesday, Sept. 12, because of inclement weather. The delay applies to all three campuses. The University will open at 10:30 a.m. Any classes that start before 10:30 a.m. are canceled. The W.T. Harris Dining Hall will operate on a normal schedule.
SUNDAY UPDATE — No significant updates at this time.
All classes on all campuses remain on schedule for Monday, September 11.
SATURDAY UPDATE — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Weather Service (NWS) expect Hurricane Irma to weaken to a tropical storm early next week.
Henderson, Mecklenburg and Union Counties could see heavy rain, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes Monday night into Tuesday.
Unless there is an emergency, we will update our campus community at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 10.
FRIDAY UPDATE –Wingate University continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Irma.
As of 1:00 p.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Weather Service (NWS), show the current track of Irma shifting to the west. This means possible heavy rain and wind for our three campuses Monday night into Tuesday.
Remember: If a weather condition warrants immediate attention or action, you will receive a Blackboard message and/or email WUAlert.
There is currently no change in class schedules for all campuses.
Unless there is an emergency, we will continue to update our campus community each day at 2:00 p.m.
Wingate University is monitoring Hurricane Irma closely. At this time, the storm’s path is still too uncertain to determine if the University’s main campus will be affected. Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency effective September 7, 2017, at 8 a.m., for all of North Carolina to help mobilize resources in advance of any effects the storm may have on the state. This does not mean that danger from the hurricane is imminent.
We will continue to follow the forecast for Hurricane Irma and will keep our campus community updated. Members of our Crisis Management Team met Thursday morning; and there are plans in place to manage a crisis, including the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We have plans in place to add additional staff, as needed, to assist with maintaining operations and safety of our campus community. Union County Emergency Management Coordinator Donald Moye has been keeping our Crisis Management Team updated with the latest information on Hurricane Irma.
During any crisis or emergencies on campus where deemed appropriate, the University’s Siren System and Blackboard Messaging System will be activated to communicate the following:
1. Emergency Weather Tone: (Rise and Fall Tone) Activated for Tornado Warnings and other weather related emergencies.
2. Emergency Incident Tone: (Solid-Consistent Tone) Activated for immediate danger event. Additional safety instructions will be provided via email messaging and/or Blackboard as soon as reasonable informing you with further instructions.
We will also be sending a test message via Blackboard on Friday, September 8, at 11 a.m.
As of 5:43 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2017, Hurricane Irma’s track continues to shift. The 5:00 p.m. tracking information from the National Hurricane Center shows a shift in the projected path of the storm on Tuesday after it makes landfall and moves over the Carolinas. A slightly more westward pattern is now expected. Generally, the Carolinas can expect anywhere from three to six inches of rainfall. Some coastal areas in South Carolina could see higher totals from the storm.
Every reasonable effort will be made to advise faculty, staff, students and visitors of the approach of violent weather via email, building announcements, Blackboard and media.