Campus Procedures for Hazardous Weather

Weather or other emergency situations may make it necessary for Georgia Tech to declare either "classes canceled" or "campus closed" conditions. Other declarations may include "classes canceled until [time]" or "classes canceled, but staff report to work," etc. The specific type of declaration that is made will determine which employees are required to come to work.

Classes Canceled Condition

When a "classes canceled" condition is in effect, all classes and instructional laboratories are affected; students and instructional faculty are not required to report to campus. Administrative and research activities not directly tied to the instructional function will generally continue as normal, unless otherwise instructed by a supervisor. Other support employees may also be instructed not to report to work at the discretion of the administrator responsible for each major division.

Campus Closed Condition

When a "campus closed" condition is in effect, no employees are to report to work, except those previously designated as "emergency essential" by their department, or otherwise instructed by a supervisor.

Campus opening or operations may also be delayed until a designated later time.

Students, faculty, and staff can find out about campus closures and Tech’s weather response in several ways. In the event of a closed campus or canceled/delayed classes, an alert will be sent via the Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS). Updates will also be shared on the Georgia Tech homepage as campus leadership evaluates and determines the response to each weather situation.

When the decision is made by the executive vice president for Administration and Finance to declare either "classes canceled" or "campus closed," Institute Communications will immediately notify local radio and television stations and place the campus status decision on the Institute's main web page. Institute Communications will also contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to place a message on the main campus information line, 404-894-2000, noting the status of the campus. Employees may call this number to hear a pre-recorded message.  

The Georgia Tech Police Department will place a cancelation message, along with any updates, on the Inclement Weather Hotline that can be reached by calling (404) 894-0500.


SmartRAD is Georgia Tech's weather information and monitoring system that delivers the best available weather information in real-time, from sources such as the U.S. Geological Survey, National Weather Service and the National Lightning Detection Network. With a visit to, students, faculty and staff can subscribe to SmartRAD and receive e-mail notification of potentially hazardous weather.