By Presley Green
Snow and ice can delay classes or close campuses of Volunteer State Community College.
A delay means that classes meeting before the time given in the delay will not be held, according to the Vol State student handbook. Labs may still be held during a delay. The instructor will notify the class through the eLearn system.
If a campus is closed, no labs or classes will meet. The closing of public high schools does not affect the closing of Vol State, according to the handbook.
Closures and delays will vary from campus to campus. Alerts will be posted on Vol State’s website and social media. Students can also be alerted through email or Vol State Text Alerts.
If a student’s cell phone number is registered with Vol State, they should automatically receive these text alerts. If their number is not registered with Vol State, they can register in their Portal. Students have the right to choose not to attend classes if the roads in their area are dangerous, according to the handbook. Students must contact the instructor and are still responsible for the work they miss.
If the campus is closed or classes are delayed, students should be sure to check eLearn for possible assignments or readings from instructors, according to the handbook.
Dr. Jerry Faulkner, president of Vol State, wakes up early on mornings with winter weather to inspect the conditions of the area, according to Eric Melcher, coordinator of public relations and marketing at Vol State. Faulkner also calls employees living in outlying areas to check on their road conditions because Vol State students commute from many places in Tennessee.
Faulkner then decides whether to delay or close specific campuses, if necessary, according to Melcher. Vol State’s website, social media, and automated answering machines are updated with the closure.