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Dear Colleagues/Students,

Winthrop offices will be open for business on Friday, October 11.

The Critical Incident Management Team met three times today via conference call, and Facilities Management staff has coordinated Winthrop’s response with the City of Rock Hill throughout the day.

The central energy and chiller plants were back online by 1pm. As of this message, all of our residence halls and most of our buildings have working restrooms. An updated list will be emailed in the morning so you will know if you can use the facilities in your building or if you should go to another building nearby. Please understand that custodial crews are still working to clean some buildings.

Along with the rest of Rock Hill, we continue to be under a boil water advisory through tomorrow at least, but thankfully the campus is largely up to full water pressure.

According to the City’s website, the water is fine for bathing but should not be consumed. For hand washing on campus, hand sanitizer should be used after washing. This protocol will be in effect as long as the boil water advisory is in effect. For brushing teeth, bottled water or boiled water should be used. To properly boil water, it should come to a rolling boil for at least one minute, then should be cooled before use.

I want to commend our facilities management staff for their efforts to return the campus to relatively normal operations in such a short period of time. 

Health Services will need to remain closed to students tomorrow because of the inability to ensure sanitary working conditions in the clinic.

Human Resources continues to work with state officials to determine how staff should account for any leave taken as a result of the water main break. Employees will receive instructions regarding the completion of timesheets and leave reports in the coming days.

 As a reminder of what will be open, closed or on adjusted hours due to Fall Break...

Dining—Continental breakfast, sandwiches, etc., for lunch and dinner available in Thomson on Friday. Closing at 6pm as scheduled for the break.

West Center—Open 6:30am-9pm Friday and Monday; open 11am-9pm Saturday; closed Sunday; open 6:30am-11pm Tuesday.

Campus Center—Open 8am-5pm Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday; open 8am-5pm Monday; and 8am-11pm Tuesday.

Dacus Library—Open Friday 8am-5pm; closed Saturday and Sunday; open 9am-5pm Monday, and back to 24-hour access on Tuesday. 

Thank you for your patience over the last 24 hours. I look forward to us welcoming faculty and students back as scheduled on Wednesday, October 16. 

Sincerely, 

Dan Mahony

President


 

A message from Dr. Dan Mahony:

Dear Colleagues and Students,

As you may already know, Winthrop classes are cancelled October 10th-11th and offices are closed October 10th due to continuing issues resulting from the Oct. 9 City of Rock Hill water main break. 

The Critical Incident Management Team met twice today and will meet again tomorrow morning as members monitor information coming from the City and determine its impact on the campus. 

Because of issues of sanitation, including those relative to food service, we are strongly encouraging all students who can, to leave campus. Residence Life is reaching out to students who may not have the option to leave campus and will work with them on solutions. Staff should look for guidance from HR in the coming days on the leave situation for Oct. 10th. 

As noted previously, campus restrooms should not be used until further notice.  We do have portajons available at these locations on campus:

  • Outside the West Center along Scholars Walk
  • In front of Wofford and Richardson on President’s Circle
  • At Phelps on Senior Circle
  • In the Courtyard parking lot 

It’s important for anyone on campus to understand that our water is not potable or safe until it has been tested by City officials and likely retested by a contract vendor. You will be informed when it is safe for eating, drinking and bathing. 

It is unclear when the water main issue will be resolved. Winthrop will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional updates as they are available.

Sincerely,

Dan Mahony

President


 

Winthrop classes are cancelled October 10th-11th and offices are closed October 10th due to continuing issues resulting from the Oct. 9 City of Rock Hill water main break. Students who live on campus are strongly encouraged to leave campus. Staff should look to guidance from HR on taking leave on Oct. 10th

Please do not use campus restrooms until further notice.  Note that portajons are available at these locations on campus:

  • Outside the West Center along Scholars Walk
  • In front of Wofford and Richardson on President’s Circle
  • At Phelps on Senior Circle
  • In the Courtyard parking lot 

Please keep in mind that any water currently on campus is not potable or safe and it should not be used for eating, drinking or bathing. 

It is unclear when the water main issue will be resolved. Winthrop will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional updates as they are available.


Classes have been cancelled for Oct. 9, 2019, due to a city water line break earlier today.

Due to a city water line break, at around 3:45 p.m. today Winthrop University cancelled all remaining classes, effective immediately, for Wednesday, Oct. 9.

No timeframe was given for when water will be restored.

  • Dining Services’ retail locations on campus will close at 4 p.m. A modified menu will be offered in Thomson Cafeteria until further notice. 
  • The West Center and DiGs will close at 4pm.
  • All events scheduled on campus for tonight are cancelled.
  • Men’s and women’s soccer games will be held as scheduled.
  • An update will be provided on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Message from Lisa Cowart, vice president for human resources, employee diversity and wellness

Dear Colleagues, 

If you wish to leave work for the day due to the water main break, you may do so at any time. Please record the time as annual leave on your timesheet or leave report.

Thanks, 
Human Resources

General Information

Any member of the Winthrop community (students, faculty, and staff) should sign up for WU Alert to receive text and voicemail messages with the status of any closings or delays. Also check your university e-mail or the university website for the most comprehensive information related to class and office schedules. Should you not have access to e-mail, the web, or other information, call the Campus Alert Line at 803/323-2222. Please do NOT call Campus Police for closing information, as this will tie up phone lines that may be needed for an emergency.

Media Coverage

University Communications and Marketing staff also will notify, as quickly as possible, the following local media outlets regarding closings and delays. The university's official social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) also will have pertinent information posted.

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Notices also may be listed in the Rock Hill Herald, Charlotte Observer, and SC's The State newspapers, provided decisions to close or delay classes meet publication deadlines.

If a weather incident requires cancelling classes on a weekend, there is a separate policy for that event.

Members of the Winthrop community always should use their discretion in judging the safety of traveling to the university during periods of inclement weather. Check the Hazardous Weather/Emergency Leave Policy for details to help faculty and staff determine how inclement weather affects the work schedule.

Last Updated: 10/10/19