According to the Tennessee Board of Regents Policy 5-01-01-11, the University President may declare East Tennessee State University closed during specific times due to inclement weather or other emergency situations. This policy sets in motion the Campus-wide Advisory System, and will hereafter be the official point of communication from the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration to communicate campus closings or other advisories affecting campus operations as deemed necessary by the Vice President for Finance and Administration. The Campus-wide Advisory System is located on the ETSU Web domain at www.etsu.edu/advisory.
To further facilitate campus-wide communication, the Vice President for Finance and Administration will also post non-emergency level advisories related to campus operations. Decisions to post advisories on the Campus-wide Advisory System will be based on the following policy.
The policy on closing East Tennessee State University due to inclement weather states that ETSU and its branch campuses will normally remain open during bad weather.
Under extreme conditions, however, the President of the university may choose to close or suspend selected activities of ETSU or its branch campuses. The decision to close ETSU or to cancel some or all classes will be made and announced as soon as possible to accommodate students who must commute and to accommodate employees.
An official statement of closing or schedule alteration will be broadcast over several radio and television stations in the region and will be posted online at www.etsu.edu/advisory, ETSU’s home page.
Please note that: ETSU closing information will be immediately accessible on the university’s Public Radio station WETS-FM, found at 89.5 on the dial; via www.etsu.edu/advisory; and by a recording on the university switchboard at (423) 439-1000.
Generally, university classes and operations will return to normal without any follow-up announcements in the local news media that indicate ETSU is open on a regular schedule. The focus is on announcing schedule variations, not normal operations. However, it is possible that “rare and severe weather situations” could dictate a re-opening statement.
While traveling to class or to work in inclement weather, ETSU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to consider any personal risk involved and to exercise caution. Students and employees unable to attend classes or report to work in these circumstances should reference university weather policy via the Student Handbook or ETSU Personnel Policies posted on www.etsu.edu.