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Inclement Weather Guideline for Students

This page provides information about the VTCSOM Severe Weather Class Cancellation Guideline.

When severe weather occurs in the area, there may be circumstances when M1 and M2 classes will be cancelled or have a delayed start time. If delayed or cancelled, we will start with the scheduled activities on the schedule at the restart time and make up lost sessions asap.

VTCSOM will close or delay for weather emergencies, disasters or incidents based on the decision of the administration. If VTCSOM cancels classes, the rescheduling of academic activities will be at the discretion of the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Decisions concerning cancellations or delays are based on weather conditions affecting travel in the surrounding area, not just in Roanoke City. Our goal is to provide notification of class cancellations or delays via the Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic e-mail systems, and also provide notification information to WSLS-10, WDBJ-7 and WFXR - 8 television stations by 6:15 a.m. on mornings when severe weather has hit or is expected.

For M3 and M4 students on clinical rotations, there will be no assumed cancellation due to inclement weather. If clinical activities are cancelled, the Clerkship or Rotation Director will be in touch with the affected students individually. If one of our M3 or M4 students feel that weather conditions prevent them from safely traveling to the clinical site, they must contact the Clerkship or Rotation Director before the scheduled start of the clinical activity.