Weather Alert Archive

December 10, 2018

Johnson C. Smith University will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Black ice is expected on the roads Tuesday morning, and some roads may still have an accumulation of snow and ice. Melting snow may also freeze overnight. Please use good judgment and exercise extreme caution when driving to campus. We also ask that you use caution when driving and walking on campus. 

December 9, 2018

The University will be closed on Monday, December 10th due to inclement winter weather. The cafeteria will also be closed. Essential personnel should report to work if directed by your supervisor. Please visit www.jcsu.edu for operating hours on Tuesday, December 11th. When you return to campus, please allow extra time to arrive at the campus and be sure to use extra caution while driving, since the roads may still be hazardous.

October 10, 2018

Johnson C. Smith University is monitoring Hurricane Michael, which made landfall along Florida’s Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane this afternoon (Wednesday). Michael, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., brought high storm surge, heavy rain, flooding and sustained 145-155 mph winds to Florida’s Gulf Coast with some areas continuing to experience storm surge and flooding. The hurricane’s path is expected to move through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Charlotte Area Impact of Hurricane Michael

The storm is forecast to bring heavy rain amounting to 3-5 inches across the Charlotte area and sustained 10-20 mph winds starting Thursday morning and going through Thursday evening. The safety, health and well-being of students, faculty and staff are top priorities for the University. At this time, we don’t expect the storm to impact normal university operations.

However, the significant amount of rain that is expected and the possible strong gusts of wind may result in downed trees and power lines, especially if the ground becomes saturated. Heavy rainfall may also result in localized flooding. Please remain cautious when traveling and when walking on or off campus because there is a chance of falling debris from weakened trees and structures. Please do not drive on a flooded road. Heed the warning, “Turn around, don’t drown.”

Shelter In Place if Electrical Power is Lost

If JCSU loses electrical power during the storm, students are advised to shelter in place inside residence halls. If a sustained electrical outage occurs, Residence Life staff and Campus Police will provide instructions and information.  

Updates

Updates and information will be posted at www.jcsu.edu as necessary.

September 18, 2018

Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2018, 12:48 p.m.

We hope everyone made it through Hurricane Florence and the aftermath safely. All faculty and staff need to report to campus at their regular time on Wednesday, Sept. 19., when classes will resume. We encourage everyone to exercise caution when traveling to campus.  

The James B. Duke Library has reopened to regular operating hours. 

Students who may be delayed in their return to campus because of impact from the storm should contact their professors to communicate their plans. 

Florence brought a significant amount of rain and strong gusts of wind, which resulted in localized flooding and downed trees throughout the region. Please remain cautious when traveling and when walking because there is still a chance of falling debris from weakened trees and structures as well as flooding in specific areas.

Thank you for your cooperation during the storm. Continue to be alert and exercise good judgement when traveling.

September 17, 2018

Posted: Monday, Sept. 17 2018, 5:33 p.m.

We hope everyone made it through Hurricane Florence and the aftermath safely. Johnson C. Smith University will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept.18. All staff should report to work. Classes will resume on Wednesday, Sept.19. We encourage everyone to exercise caution when traveling to campus.  

The James B. Duke Library will reopen for students at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. 

Students who may be delayed in their return to campus because of impact from the storm should contact their professors to communicate their plans. 

Florence brought a significant amount of rain and strong gusts of wind, which resulted in localized flooding and downed trees throughout the region. Please remain cautious when traveling and when walking because there is still a chance of falling debris from weakened trees and structures as well as flooding in specific areas.

Thank you for your cooperation during the storm. Continue to be alert and exercise good judgement when traveling.

 


 

Posted: Monday, Sept. 17 2018, 11:22 a.m.

We hope everyone made it through Hurricane Florence and the aftermath safely. Johnson C. Smith University will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept.18. All staff should report to work. Classes will resume on Wednesday, Sept.19. We encourage everyone to exercise caution when traveling to campus.  

Students who may be delayed in their return to campus because of impact from the storm should contact their professors to communicate their plans. 

Florence brought a significant amount of rain and strong gusts of wind, which resulted in localized flooding and downed trees throughout the region. Please remain cautious when traveling and when walking because there is still a chance of falling debris from weakened trees and structures as well as flooding in specific areas.

Thank you for your cooperation during the storm. Continue to be alert and exercise good judgement when traveling.

September 15, 2018

Posted: Saturday, Sept. 15 2018, 1:40 p.m.

Dear JCSU Community,

Johnson C. Smith University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s forecast and potential impact on the Charlotte region. The university’s primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff. In order to allow time to prepare for the inclement weather and using an abundance of caution, the administration has settled on the following steps to safeguard our collective well-being. 

Clarence D. Armbrister, J.D.

President, Johnson C. Smith University


New Information

Johnson C. Smith University will be closed on Monday, Sept. 17. The James B. Duke Memorial Library will also be closed on Monday. The dining hall will observe brunch (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and dinner (4:30-7 p.m.) schedules. As a reminder, JCSU is closed currently but residence halls remain open. All University activities, including athletic events (track, volleyball, football, etc.), are cancelled until further notice. Any other activities and events scheduled to take place on the campus are also cancelled until further notice.


Online classes are NOT cancelled

All fully online courses (offered through Metropolitan College of Professional Studies Evening and Online Programs as well as online courses associated with traditional day offerings) are not cancelled. Instruction and assignments should continue as scheduled.


Remain Diligent

The possibility of heavy rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds remains through the weekend and into Monday. JCSU recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for Charlotte and the surrounding areas and make knowledgeable, safe choices about travel. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service provide emergency alerts and weather conditions.


Schedule until further notice

Traditional Classes

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Johnson C. Smith University will be closed for business. Including the James B. Duke Library.

All University activities, including athletic events (track, volleyball, football, etc.), are cancelled until further notice.

Any other activities and events scheduled to take place on the campus are canceled until further notice.

Operations Sept. 13-17

  • Dining hall will go to a brunch (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and dinner (4:30 - 7 p.m.) schedule. Dining Services has ordered additional food and water in preparation for inclement weather.
  • Residence halls will remain open, and are equipped with first-aid kits, batteries and flashlights for residents.
  • Campus police and extra security will be assigned to residence halls. In case you cannot reach campus police by phone, please call 9-1-1.

Reminder: Updates will be posted to the JCSU website at www.jcsu.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via Blackboard Connect to email addresses, mobile numbers and as text messages.

While the path of Hurricane Florence remains uncertain, there is a possibility of heavy rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds. JCSU recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for Charlotte and the surrounding areas and make knowledgeable, safe choices about travel. Ready NC and the National Weather Service offer some helpful guidance about hurricane preparedness.


For Students Who Choose to Leave Campus or HAVE ALREADY LEFT Campus

Residence halls remain open. However, some students may choose to ride out the storm with family or friends off campus. For their safety, the university is tracking the names and contact information of these students, and asks that they sign out with residence hall coordinators. Students who stay are strongly urged to shelter in place and carry their student IDs for easy identification.

Students who missed classes because they departed the campus during the week of September 10 to avoid hurricane-related weather and travel risks should e-mail their professors directly. If you have documentation (e.g. plane/bus ticket), please provide a copy to your professors.


Next Update

An announcement regarding the resumption of classes will be made based on conditions in and around the region. The university will make an announcement regarding Tuesday’s operating hours as soon as it is practical but no later than 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16.

September 13, 2018

Posted: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Dear JCSU Community,

Johnson C. Smith University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s forecast and potential impact on the Charlotte region. The university’s primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff. In order to allow time to prepare for the inclement weather and using an abundance of caution, the administration has settled on the following steps to safeguard our collective well-being. 

Clarence D. Armbrister, J.D.

President, Johnson C. Smith University


Online classes are NOT cancelled

All fully online courses (offered through Metropolitan College of Professional Studies Evening and Online Programs as well as online courses associated with traditional day offerings) are not cancelled and instruction and assignments should continue as scheduled.

All University activities, including athletic events (track, volleyball, football, etc.), are cancelled until further notice. Any other activities and events scheduled to take place on the campus are also cancelled until further notice.


Schedule until further notice

Traditional Classes

  • Thursday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 16 – all classes are cancelled. The James B. Duke Memorial Library also will be closed during this time. An announcement regarding the resumption of classes will be made based on conditions in and around the region. The university will make an announcement regarding operating hours on Monday, Sept. 17, by 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
  • Thursday, September 13 - JCSU will be open for business, with exception of classes being canceled. All employees should report to work as normal. The university will close at 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 14 - JCSU will be closed for business. Only designated essential personnel should report to work.

All University activities, including athletic events (track, volleyball, football, etc.), are cancelled until further notice.

Any other activities and events scheduled to take place on the campus are canceled until further notice.

Operations Sept. 13-16

  • Dining hall will go to a brunch (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and dinner (4:30 - 7 p.m.) schedule. Dining Services has ordered additional food and water in preparation for inclement weather.
  • Residence halls will remain open, and are equipped with first-aid kits, batteries and flashlights for residents.
  • Campus police and extra security will be assigned to residence halls. In case you cannot reach campus police by phone, please call 9-1-1.

Reminder: Updates will be posted to the JCSU website at www.jcsu.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via Blackboard Connect to email addresses, mobile numbers and as text messages.

While the path of Hurricane Florence remains uncertain, there is a possibility of heavy rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds. JCSU recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for Charlotte and the surrounding areas and make knowledgeable, safe choices about travel. Ready NC and the National Weather Service offer some helpful guidance about hurricane preparedness.


For Students Who Choose to Leave Campus or HAVE ALREADY LEFT Campus

Some students may choose to ride out the storm with family or friends off campus. Residence halls remain open. However, some students may choose to ride out the storm with family or friends off campus. For their safety, the university is tracking the names and contact information of these students, and asks that they sign out with residence hall coordinators. Students who stay are strongly urged to shelter in place and carry their student IDs for easy identification.

Students who missed classes because they departed the campus during the week of September 10 to avoid hurricane-related weather and travel risks should e-mail their professors directly. If you have documentation (e.g. plane/bus ticket), please provide a copy to your professors.


Next Update

An announcement regarding the resumption of classes will be made based on conditions in and around the region. The university will make an announcement regarding Monday’s operating hours by 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. Any other updates and information will be posted at www.jcsu.edu as necessary.

September 12, 2018

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Dear JCSU Community,

Johnson C. Smith University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s forecast and potential impact on the Charlotte region. The university’s primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff. In order to allow time to prepare for the inclement weather and using an abundance of caution, the administration has settled on the following steps to safeguard our collective well-being. 

Clarence D. Armbrister, J.D.

President, Johnson C. Smith University


Schedule until further notice

Classes

Wednesday, Sept. 12 - all classes and campus operations continue as normal.

Thursday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 16 – all classes are cancelled. The James B. Duke Memorial Library also will be closed during this time. An announcement regarding the resumption of classes will be made based on conditions in and around the region. The university will make an announcement regarding operating hours on Monday, Sept. 17, by 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, September 13 - JCSU will be open for business, with exception of classes being canceled. All employees should report to work as normal. The university will close at 3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14 - JCSU will be closed for business. Only designated essential personnel should report to work.

All University activities, including athletic events (track, volleyball, football, etc.), are cancelled until further notice.

Any other activities and events scheduled to take place on the campus are canceled until further notice.

Operations Sept. 13-16

  • Dining hall will go to a brunch (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and dinner (4:30 - 7 p.m.) schedule. Dining Services has ordered additional food and water in preparation for inclement weather.
  • Residence halls will remain open, and are equipped with first-aid kits, batteries and flashlights for residents.
  • Campus police and extra security will be assigned to residence halls. In case you cannot reach campus police by phone, please call 9-1-1.

Reminder: Updates will be posted to the JCSU website at www.jcsu.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via Blackboard Connect to email addresses, mobile numbers and as text messages.

While the path of Hurricane Florence remains uncertain, there is a possibility of heavy rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds. JCSU recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for Charlotte and the surrounding areas and make knowledgeable, safe choices about travel. Ready NC and the National Weather Service offer some helpful guidance about hurricane preparedness.


For Students Who Choose to Leave Campus

Some students may choose to ride out the storm with family or friends off campus.  For their safety, the university is tracking the names and contact information of these students, and asks that they sign out with residence hall coordinators and communicate with their professors prior to leaving. Students who stay are strongly urged to shelter in place and carry their student IDs for easy identification.


Next Update

Updates and information will be posted at www.jcsu.edu as necessary.

September 11, 2018

Johnson C. Smith University is closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Florence for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. University officials expect to be on normal operating hours Wednesday. Student Leadership and Engagement activities will follow the University schedule unless otherwise notified, so please check back Wednesday at 3 p.m. for updates regarding Thursday and Friday classes and events. In the meantime, continue to follow the local weather forecasts and make contingency preparations when instructed.

The JCSU community is encouraged to:

  • Stock water
  • Safeguard vital documents in freezer bags
  • If you have a car, fill up the tank
  • Photograph important items for insurance purposes

 

Resources:

National Weather Service—Follow the storm path

Mecklenburg County inclement weather information—County information about the storm

City of Charlotte Emergency Information—Sign up for weather alerts from the city

ReadyNC—Build an emergency kit

 


Next Update:

By 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12

By 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13

February 15, 2016

In anticipation of inclement winter weather, Johnson C. Smith University will close at 2 p.m. today. Essential personnel are required to remain on campus. The cafeteria will operate on regular hours for dinner 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Please exercise caution when driving on campus and as you travel home.

Perkins Management will follow the normal meal schedule for the remainder of the day. The hours of operation are:

Breakfast—7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch—11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner—5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

In the future, when classes are canceled, the Student Cafeteria will operate on the Brunch Schedule:

Brunch—10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dinner—5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

January 25, 2016

Johnson C. Smith University will resume normal operations Monday, January 25, 2016. Please exercise caution in shaded areas where ice may have re-accumulated.

January 23, 2016

The University will be closed on January 23, 2016, due to  inclement weather. All classes are canceled.

January 22, 2016

Please be advised that the University will be closed on January 22, 2016, due to inclement weather. Level 1 Essential Personnel must report for duty. Please allow extra time to arrive at the campus and be sure to use extra caution while driving, since the roads may be hazardous. The student cafeteria will operate on the brunch schedule.

October 2, 2015

JCSU is monitoring the inclement weather situation expected to result from Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm expected to impact our region until Monday, Oct. 5. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency. Click here for more information


EDDIE MCGIRT CLASSIC, OCT. 3 at 12 p.m.

The JCSU-Bowie State football game time has been CHANGED to Noon Saturday, due to inclement weather.

“Our area is expected to get significant rainfall from this storm,” JCSU Athletics Director Stephen Joyner, Sr. said, "so for the safety of the student-athletes, game officials, game management staff and both home and visiting fans, the game will be played earlier than our original scheduled time, so that we can complete the contest before the roughest of weather hits the region.”


DINING HALL

The dining hall will operate as normal all weekend. Backup generators and additional supplies have been secured. Food will be available even in the event of a power outage.


MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

In case of a medical emergency, call campus police, 704-378-1003, before dialing 911. By calling campus police first, help will be expedited as campus police can direct first responders to your exact location.


SHELTER IN PLACE

You may be safer where you are. Do not attempt to leave your dormitory or apartment if weather conditions worsen. 


CANCELLED

The Masters in Social Work classes have been cancelled Friday night and Saturday, due to the inclement weather.  

LSAT testing scheduled for tomorrow 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. will be cancelled if the school closes. If the University is open, testing will resume on a normal schedule.  


For questions about our emergency procedures, go to: http://www.jcsu.edu/news-events/jcsu-alert/emergency-procedures

February 27, 2015

Johnson C. Smith University will re-open at 8:00 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015.

February 26, 2015

The University is closed today due to inclement winter weather. All offices are closed and classes are cancelled. The dining hall will follow the brunch schedule.

February 25, 2015

The University is closing today at 4 p.m. in anticipation of inclement winter weather. Evening classes are cancelled. The dining hall will follow regular dinner schedule.

February 11, 2014

The University will be closed at 1 p.m. today. Check the website for updates on Wednesday’s weather situation. 

January 30, 2014

The University will be operating under normal hours of operation today.

January 29, 2014

The University will be closed today due to inclement weather.

This includes Metropolitan College. 

Check the website and local TV stations Thursday morning for updates on the local weather situation and potential closings.

National Weather Service forecast »

January 28, 2014

The University will close today at 3 p.m. due to the forecast of inclement weather.

This includes Metropolitan College. 

The Dining Hall and Student Union will remain open and all on-campus University events will still be held today.

Check the website and local TV stations tomorrow morning for updates on Wednesday's weather situation and potential closings.

National Weather Service forecast »