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Check radio, TV or Web sites during inclement winter weather to find out university’s operating schedule

The university community is reminded of procedures for announcing operations changes during periods of inclement winter weather.

By policy, the university makes one of three announcements: UGA is open and operating on a regular schedule; UGA is closed; or UGA will delay opening until a specific time.

The primary means to distribute such announcements include sending an all-campus e-mail and the posting of an announcement to the UGA home page ( and on the UGA Today news page (

Up-to-date information is provided to Athens radio stations as follows:

  • on the AM dial: 880, 960 and 1340; and
  • on the FM dial: 88.9, 90.5, 91.7, 97.9, 102.1, 103.7 and 106.1. 

Information is posted on University Cable Channel 15, which also is carried on channel 15 of the Charter cable system serving Clarke and Oconee counties. Athens radio stations are used primarily because they give priority to UGA announcements where Atlanta stations cannot. Atlanta TV and radio stations that have requested to receive UGA weather announcements also are notified.

If inclement winter weather develops overnight, every attempt is made to post announcements and notify media by 6:30 a.m.

If the inclement weather develops during the school/work day, the same procedures as above are used, as well as notice being made to the office of each vice president and dean concerning a mid-day closing, for further distribution through their departments.

When weather conditions are such that closings occur two or more days in succession, the procedure is followed each day, with an announcement being made each morning by 6:30 a.m.

An evening announcement will not usually be made for the next day except in the most extreme weather circumstances.

When the University of Georgia is officially closed, it is closed for everyone: faculty, staff and students.

Departments will designate in advance those employees who are expected to report to work during a weather emergency.