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Class Information During Bad Weather

Class Information During Bad Weather

This article contains important information about how INCLEMENT WEATHER will affect classes at RSCC, and it generally refers to the procedure that RSCC will follow when bad weather occurs during the night.  Please keep this article throughout the semester so you can refer to it during those times.


Roane State weather announcements may refer to daytime or to evening classes. They are defined as follows:

  • A daytime class is as a class that begins before 4:30 p.m.
  • An evening class is a class that begins at or after 4:30 p.m.


When bad weather occurs, one of the two following decisions will be made:

  1. Classes will start at 9:30 a.m., or 11 a.m.
  2. Classes will be canceled

Roane State will only announce schedule changes.  If there is no announcement, then classes and campuses are on their regular schedule.


If an announcement is made that RSCC will open at 9:30 a.m., this means that 8:00 a.m. classes are cancelled.  All classes starting at 9:30 a.m. will be held.

If an announcement is made that RSCC will open at 11:00 a.m., this means that 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. classes are cancelled.   All classes starting at 11:00 a.m. will be held.

To eliminate any confusion, at the beginning of each semester, instructors of early morning classes, morning labs, and morning clinicals will give instruction for that class in the event of a LATE START SCHEDULE.

When the LATE START SCHEDULE goes into effect, early morning classes that are not held will be made up later; arrangements for make-up will be made and announced by the course instructor.

All times for a late start schedule are local.  If students miss an interactive class, a recording of the class will be available to them at a later time.  You will need to contact your instructor for viewing instructions.


Evening classes (those beginning at or after 4:30 p.m.) will either be canceled or held at the regular time. Generally, a decision about evening classes will be made by 2 p.m. that day.  An  announcement will be posted on the RSCC web site and a Raider Alert text message will be sent for those that have signed up to receive them.


In general, when decisions about school closings are made, one decision will be made for all nine Roane State campuses. In the event that one campus experiences extreme weather that the other campuses do not a decision to close or start that campus late will be made. On those occasions, an announcement about the one closing will be made on local radio and Knoxville TV Stations.  Announcements will be also be posted on the RSCC web site and a RaiderAlert text messages will be sent for those that have signed up to receive them.


Instructors of classes that do not meet or start late due to inclement weather will announce arrangements for making up work as soon as the class resumes.


Decisions about closings are made as early as possible to ensure that students, staff and faculty are informed.  Information will be listed on area TV/radio stations, posted on the RSCC Web site, sent by RaiderAlert text message, and a recorded message will be available through the Campus Announcements option on the RSCC phone system.


The same procedure will be followed for weekend classes.

Revised: January 2011

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