OCT. 9, 2016 — 3:03 PM: COBRA ALERT: Dear Campus Community,
Following Hurricane Matthew, Coker College and Hartsville continue to experience widespread power outages. Because of the challenges resulting from this situation, we will be extending the college’s regular fall break, and classes will be cancelled for the entirety of this upcoming week (October 10th – 14th). Classes and services at all college locations will resume the week of October 17th.
As always, our primary concern is the safety of our students. All students who currently remain on campus should see Residence Life staff as soon as possible to either check out of their residence hall, or to request permission to stay on campus during that time. Student-athletes should check with their coaches to obtain information relevant to their teams.
Professional staff, including Campus Safety, will be available to provide necessary support for on-campus students throughout the week. Additionally, the dining hall will be operating on a limited schedule. Please continue to check your email regularly throughout the week, as we will be sending messages regarding dining hall hours, campus updates, and other essential information.
In closing, the Coker community would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the professionals at Duke Energy, the City of Hartsville, the Hartsville Fire Department, the Hartsville Police Department, our dedicated campus facilities crew, Residence Life staff, and all of you who have helped to keep our students safe and comfortable over these past few days. Your hard work and commitment are deeply appreciated.
We wish all of our students, faculty, staff, and their families the best as we face the aftermath of this storm. Be safe. We will see you again on the week of October 17th.
OCT. 8, 2016 — 11:40 AM: COBRA ALERT: Be safe and stay away from downed power lines. Currently, there are power lines down around the campus perimeter.
Downed power lines should always be regarded as energized, even when they do not appear to be. If a wire is crossing a road, avoid the area and keep others away. Do not attempt to move the wire or drive over it.
Please notify Duke Energy if you see a downed power line. Await updates from Cobra Alert system.
Click here to find more information about overhead power lines: https://www.duke-energy.com/safety/electric/overhead-power-lines.asp
OCT. 8, 2016 — 10:03 AM: COBRA ALERT: Emergency Message. The National Weather Service states the tropical storm warning is still in effect for Darlington County (Hartsville and Darlington, South Carolina). In additional, there is a flash flood warning. Expect heavy rain and wind. Stay safe. Await updates from Cobra Alert system.
OCT. 7, 2016 — 6:18 PM: COBRA ALERT: The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Darlington County (Hartsville and Darlington, South Carolina). Anticipate heavy wind and rain. Await updates from Cobra Alert system.
OCT. 4, 2016 — 9:23 PM: Dear Campus Community,
Due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Matthew, Coker College will be cancelling all classes—at both our Hartsville campus and the Adult Degree Program’s Florence and Marion locations—beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3:00PM. Faculty and staff offices will also close at that time. The college will reopen on Monday, October 10.
While we encourage students to go home if they feel that is a safer option, residence halls will remain open for residential students. The college’s guest policy will be suspended through the weekend, and no visitors will be allowed in student rooms. Essential personnel will remain on campus to support student needs. Currently, the dining hall is expected to remain open for normal operating hours.
Faculty members at the college have been urged to find flexible and creative ways to ensure students will not lose valuable learning time in the classroom. Students should check Blackboard and their Coker email accounts for assignments and be prepared to make up work missed during scheduled class times.
The safety of all Coker students, faculty, and staff is the college’s primary concern. We have emergency protocols in place, should the need for further action arise.