In the event that classes are cancelled, the following notification methods will provide timely information regarding campus status:
- RCTC Emergency Alerts (text message emergency alert service for students and staff)
- TV Broadcast Channels
- Radio Broadcast
- College’s homepage: www.rctc.edu
- Student Email
When emergency situations – severe weather, power failure, fire, loss of water, or other serious event – force the closing of RCTC or the cancellation of day, evening, or weekend classes, local radio and television stations will be notified and announcements broadcast at frequent intervals. The decision to suspend operations and/or cancel classroom instruction and activities is made as early in the day as possible.
Weather reports are monitored 24/7 by College officials. The decision to cancel classes is made after an assessment involving the following criteria:
- Severity of the weather conditions
- Expected duration of the storm
- Vehicular travel conditions throughout the service area
- Ability to render campus and outreach center roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots safely usable
If a decision is made to suspend morning classes, notifications will be sent prior to 6 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. A decision regarding evening classes may be made by 3 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.
When inclement weather strikes the area, students are advised to first consider the conditions in their immediate area relative to traveling safely. Conditions may vary significantly within the service area of the College and its outreach centers. Decisions regarding College operations are made on the general status of the overall service area.
Students are ultimately responsible for their own safety and travel decisions. Coursework is also the continuing responsibility of students. A decision to be absent from a class for any reason does not exonerate students from their full responsibility to complete all prescribed coursework. If you decide not to attend class, please notify your instructor(s).