FAQ Storm Preparation at USC Upstate

During weather and other emergency events, parents and students may have questions about processes and protocols on campus. This FAQ may help address some of those questions. SpartAlert  Register for SpartAlert

How will we know when classes are cancelled? 
The University will post official notices to the website, www.uscupstate.edu. Emergency management officials may use the SpartAlert system to send notifications via social media, text and email. Media outlets are usually notified as well. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to register for SpartAlert notifications.

How do parents sign up for text notifications?
Enrolled students may add a parent phone number to their SpartAlert account.

Will students be evacuated? 
A decision to evacuate campus is rare and always made in coordination with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Updates regarding weather and other emergencies can be found on their website. Generally,USC Upstatefollows closure decisions made by Spartanburg County offices (not local school districts). Note: Closures at USC Upstate may or may not follow those of USC in Columbia.

Are residence halls storm-safe? 
Yes, residence halls were constructed to meet the highest building code standards and are safe in conditions that do not warrant evacuation. The university’s essential personnel, including police and housing staff, remain on campus under any conditions.

Will food services be available if classes are cancelled? 
If students are on campus, some food services remain operational. Schedules and formats may be adjusted to brunch/dinner offerings, for example.

Will athletic events be cancelled? 
Cancellation of athletic events is made in conjunction with a decision to cancel classes or close the university. Game cancellations will be posted on the Athletics website, www.uscupstate.edu/athletics

If my student leaves campus and misses classes, will he/she be penalized?
If the University remains open, faculty members will determine how they will manage absences.  Students should monitor Blackboard for any messages from their instructors regarding their classes. Students should be aware of their professors’ policies around absences, usually stated in a syllabus, and alert faculty if they will miss class.  If the university closes, classes will not meet and no absences will be recorded.

Additional Resources:

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division operates 24/7 during weather or other emergency events. Their website includes evacuation routes, official closings and a hurricane guide. www.scemd.org

Information is also available via mobile apps (Android & OS) 
Mobile Apps for Emergencies

The State of South Carolina’s Toll-free Public Information Phone System (PIPS) provides accurate evacuation and shelter information to South Carolina residents and visitors. 1-866-246-0133.

The USC Upstate Department of Public Safety operates 24/7 and is in close communication with state and county emergency management officials. Emergency Information