Hurricane Dorian Information

2 September 2019, 11:13 am Written by  Paul Baldasare, Jr
Published in Latest News

Update: September 6th, 2019

I’m pleased to report that the St. Andrews University campus escaped harm from Hurricane Dorian.  All students who stayed on campus are fine, food service remains fully functional, and electrical power in the residence halls, all across campus, and at the Equestrian Center was uninterrupted.  The campus had no flooding or wind damage other than partial fencing at the soccer field blown down, and a few limbs and some debris scattered about.

At the Equestrian Center all horses were well protected and safe throughout the night and are doing fine this morning.  A couple of small trees at the Equestrian Center were blown down, but otherwise the Center survived the storm in good shape.  Roads on campus, and in and around campus in Laurinburg, are easily passable with little or no standing water.

The weather this morning is warm, clear and dry.  The sun is shining through light cloud cover, and based on local weather reports there should be clear blue skies by early this afternoon.   The staff is working this morning to clear sandbags and testing systems to make sure everything is fully operational.  Students who left campus before the storm are required to wait until Sunday to return to campus.  Classes will resume at 8:00am on Monday, September 9, 2019. 

Paul Baldasare, ‘77
Campus President


Update: September 3rd, 2019

Based on the best information available from the National Hurricane Center, the ultimate path and intensity of Hurricane Dorian as it moves up the east coast still remains uncertain at this time.  In an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel classes on the St. Andrews campus in Laurinburg on Thursday (9/5) and Friday (9/6).  Classes on Wednesday (9/4) will be on the normal schedule through 3:00pm.  All missed classes on Thursday and Friday will be made up on two Saturdays later in the fall semester.  Classes will resume on their regular schedule on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 8:00am. 

All students are encouraged to leave campus after 3:00pm on Wednesday.  In the event that a student wishes to remain on campus, residence halls will be staffed and food service will continue as usual.  From Wednesday through Sunday, the campus will be dry and a general curfew will be enforced.  Students who elect to remain on campus during this period of time are required to notify the Office of Student Affairs in advance of their intentions to stay on campus.

All staff are expected to work their regular office hours on Thursday and Friday, and all campus administrative offices will be open on the normal schedule unless weather conditions change.

If students have questions or need assistance leaving campus, they should contact Dean of Students Tim Verhey or members of the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible.  Hurricane updates will continue to be posted by email, social media and on the St. Andrews website.

Paul Baldasare, ‘77
Campus President


Update: September 2nd, 2019

The St. Andrews administrative staff has been monitoring Hurricane Dorian since early last week and our physical plant employees have been making preparations in case the storm impacts the campus.

At this point, Hurricane Dorian is moving quite slowly, but is forecasted to pass off the coast of southeastern North Carolina between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Even though the storm is expected to stay off the coast, there is the potential for wind and rain in the Laurinburg area.  Keep in mind that the storm’s path can change at any time. So, administrative staff along with local authorities will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian throughout the week.  

In the event that we determine it would best to cancel classes, we will provide the campus community with as much advanced notice as possible.  We will provide updates by email and on our website as needed throughout the week. 

Paul Baldasare, Jr., ‘77
Campus President