The University of North Georgia (UNG) confirmed at 6:30 this morning that all campuses will return to normal operations Thursday, Feb. 19. In returning to campus, faculty, staff and students are urged to use their best judgment based on local conditions.
UNG President Bonita Jacobs explained safety is always the primary concern in considering if, and to what extent, to suspend university operations during inclement weather.
"Our decisions to close campuses and cancel classes and activities are always difficult ones and must be based on close and continuous evaluation of weather conditions, our operational abilities and the ability for the majority of students, faculty and staff to travel safely to campus," Jacobs wrote in an email to faculty, staff and students. "Because such closures can have far-reaching impacts on academic requirements and activities, we are committed to resuming normal operations as soon as possible."
Icy winter weather caused widespread power outages, fallen and hazardous travel conditions across the northern part of the state, keeping UNG's campuses closed two and a half days.
"Lost time in class requires faculty to create new opportunities for students to master the full course content. In the unlikely event that we miss more than one week of coursework, we will consider whether any adjustments are required to ensure academic integrity," Jacobs wrote. "In the meantime, I am grateful to the faculty for their willingness to find unique and creative ways to achieve learning outcomes."
The weather closures will not change established commencement dates of May 1-3, but the university has changed the official date of withdrawal with a W to Wednesday, March 4.
Jacobs also expressed her appreciation for university staff who worked throughout the closures, including facilities staff and public safety officers who spent long hours on campuses, including some who had to stay overnight. Additionally, rec center, housing, dining, student involvement, and library staffs also worked to ensure that services were available on the residential campus in Dahlonega, and information technology maintained WiFi services, with intervention as needed.
During inclement weather, the first and official sources of notifications are the UNG Alert System and the UNG website, both on the homepage and at www.ung.edu/emergency.php. As weather conditions can vary by campus, some campuses may be closed or delayed while others will not.
For more information about university policies and procedures in the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, including how to update your contact information for UNG Alert, the Emergency Notification System, please visit www.ung.edu/emergency.php.