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WU Family and Friends:

The impact of Hurricane Matthew continues to be felt along the Atlantic coast and into Central Florida. As of our 8:00 a.m. assessment of all campus services, Warner University has reported no issues of concern or safety related to students, staff, buildings or utilities. As of that time weather at Warner University consisted of light rain with winds at 18 mph, gusting periodically to 30 mph. The greater Polk County area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.

While Warner University has felt light impact from the storm, there are reports of downed trees and power lines in the Lake Wales area and beyond. Most restaurants and retail stores in the area will not be open until this afternoon at the earliest. We continue to encourage residential students not to leave campus to explore the surrounding area during the Tropical Storm and its aftermath as gas availability is still spotty and traffic will again become congested as travelers try to return to their homes. It is advised that no one approach significant debris or downed power lines; flooded areas and standing water should be avoided on foot and in vehicles.

Essential campus student services and operations are online for the day, including Dining Services, Security, Facilities Management and Student Life. Rigel Student Center will be open for students to access Royal Dining Hall, The Union and The Office of Student Life throughout the day.
Hours for areas of service for the day:

Alumni Dining Hall: Brunch served 11- 2, Dinner 4:30 – 7
The Union: 12 – 10 p.m.
Library: Closed
Darby Offices: Closed
Athletic Practices: Resume at Noon / Contact Coaches for more info

As has been communicated in previous updates, traditional, on-campus classes will not meet on Friday, October 7, 2016. Online classes will continue as normal, according to their established course schedules. Due to the potential for power outage, online professors/instructors will provide “grace” for assignment due dates to include, but not limited to: discussion forums, tests, and papers. If you lose power, please communicate this situation with your specific online professor/instructor, once your power is resumed.

Warner University is privileged to work as a community focused on the safety and security of our students. Our corporate thoughts and prayers continue for those who remain in the path of Hurricane Matthew.
For further updates, please continue to check your Warner University email, the Warner website blog, as well as Warner University on Facebook and Twitter.