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Student Affairs • 423.652.4740
Weather & Emergency Information • 423.652.6446
King University is concerned about the safety of students, staff, and faculty. This
policy and these procedures have been guided by the belief that the University is
a community and as such is normally open during periods of ordinary seasonal inclement
weather or other minor disruptions. The University equally values the safety and lives
of all students, faculty and staff, while recognizing that we must maintain the effective
operation of the university during inclement weather and other emergencies when possible.
In the event that any King University campus is closed or classes are canceled, all
online classes will continue as scheduled. All classes that normally meet in person
may continue via online assignments, web video conferencing, extra assignments, and
individual conferences at the discretion of the faculty member. Additionally, course
work may be made up by rescheduled class times, extended class time, or other alternatives
as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
University Operating Status
Under extraordinary conditions, however, the University may implement one of the following,
which are described in detail below.
Close entirely and cease
This status may apply under unusual, extreme conditions. If the University is closed,
employees are not to report. However, certain Essential Employees necessary to protect
the university and maintain life safety systems may be asked to report by the appropriate
Vice President (or his/her designee) on a case-by-case basis. These employees may
or may not have been classified as “Essential Personnel” on their job descriptions,
since all employees may be called upon in a crisis. Each employee will be notified
in response to each specific emergency. An official closing announcement will be communicated
via the University communications channels described in this policy.
Cancellation of Classes
Classes are canceled on all or part of the Bristol campus, or the Kingsport and Knoxville
campuses and all other operations continue to function as usual. Employees should
report as usual. Undergraduate student employees do not have to report to work if
they choose not to, but should notify their supervisors. Graduate student employees
should check with their supervisor for guidance. Classes will always be canceled when
the entire campus is closed.
This status may apply when severe weather conditions interfere with employee travel
but conditions are expected to improve. Classes will normally be canceled during
the time of the delayed opening with essential personnel expected to report. If conditions
do not improve, a decision may be made later to close the University (essential personnel
reporting). An official delayed opening announcement will be communicated via the
university communications channels described in this policy.
This status may apply when severe weather conditions interfere with employee travel.
Generally classes will not be canceled, and some offices may need to continue to operate.
As a result, some staff may be asked to remain or, in the case of second or third
shift employees, to report to work by the supervisor.
Second and third shift employees should check with their supervisor to determine whether
or not to report. An official early release announcement and time will be communicated
to all employees via the University communications channels described in this policy.
Essential personnel will be expected to remain until relieved or notified by their
supervisors to leave. As indicated elsewhere in this policy, employees must make
individual decisions about whether to travel between the University and home based
on local conditions. Every effort will be made to accommodate essential personnel
who feel that it is unsafe to travel.
Localized and Temporary Closing
When working conditions in a particular building or location intolerable. Supervisors
or employees in the affected unit(s) should discuss the problem with Campus Security
or the supervisor of Facility Services. If the problem cannot be resolved, the supervisor
may request permission of the appropriate Vice President to temporarily close the
area or location. Temporary building closures may only be authorized by the Vice President
for Finance and Administration or the Director of Safety and Security.
Cancellation of Fine Arts Activities
The Vice President of Academic Affairs in consultation with the Director of Safety
and Security shall communicate, through appropriate channels cancellations of any
Fine Arts events. Fine Arts activities may remain on schedule during a campus closure
depending on the reason for the closure.
Cancellation of Athletic Activities
The Athletic Director or designee in consultation with the Director of Safety and
Security shall communicate through appropriate channels cancellations of any athletic
events and activities. Athletic activities may remain on schedule during a campus
closure depending on the reason for the closure.
Decisions to Change the Operating Status of the University During an Emergency
Emergency decisions to close the University for reasons other than weather will be
made by the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Director of Safety and
Security in consultation with other University executives as needed.
Decisions to Change the Operating Status of the University During Inclement Weather
Inclement weather can come at various times of the day and any given day of the week
with unpredictable intensity and geographic impact. Cancellation and delay decisions
are based on available information concerning the conditions of roads near a given
instructional location. The University recognizes students often drive from locations
where conditions may be quite different. If any student determines road conditions
are unsafe for their travel to class they should contact their instructor by phone
and/or email in advance of the class. There are five primary factors behind a decision
to cancel classes and/or close a campus or other college facility:
The final decision for changing the operating status of any King University campus,
facility, or function is the responsibility of the President or his designee. For
the purposes of this policy, responsibility for implementation is delegated to the
Director of Safety and Security.
When inclement weather occurs or is predicted, the following process will be followed:
Schedule changes will be announced in the following ways:
The announcement will specify which campuses or classroom sites will be affected.
Please be advised no announcement means the schedule will remain as usual and cancellation
of classes at one location does not automatically imply cancellation at other locations.
For sites based on another college campus, we will defer to the decision of that campus
regarding schedule changes and/or cancellation of classes due to inclement weather.
Faculty, staff, and students should always exercise personal safety when driving to
and from campus.