Claflin University Closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 10

Sep 10, 2018

Hurricane Florence Update #3 – September 10, 2018

Claflin Family:

Governor Henry McMasters has declared a state of emergency for the state of South Carolina and has ordered mandatory evacuations of the Coastline. He has also ordered lane reversal beginning September 11 at Noon for highway/routes 26, 501, 278 and 21 away from the Coastline.

As the safety of students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018. All classes and activities are canceled until further notice.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected areas. Residential students are encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with their residential life coordinator no later than Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.

Claflin University has partnered with South Carolina State University to provide shelter in the Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial Center on the campus of South Carolina State University for students who are unable to leave campus. When directed, it will be mandatory for students to relocate to the shelter in University-provided transportation. No student will be allowed to remain in the residence halls. Meals will be provided at the shelter.

Claflin University Residential Life Coordinators will be on-hand to answer questions in case of emergencies. If you have any questions regarding residential life, please call (803) 535-5651.

Beginning, Tuesday, September 11, the University Dining Center will operate from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for brunch and from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for dinner. Late night dining will be hosted from 10 p.m. until 12 midnight. Jazzman’s Café, Pizza Hut and the 1869 Club will be closed on Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.

Updates will be sent by email, posted on social media, and sent through the emergency text messaging service ( to alert the campus family of when the University will reopen and when classes will resume. You may also follow local media reports.

You are encouraged to follow WIS, WLTX or ABC Columbia for local news reports on the storm. You may also connect with the Hurricane Florence Statewide Hotline at (866) 246-0133

For general information and updates, please call the Claflin University Information Line at (803) 535-5243 or visit To reach Claflin University’s Public Safety Office, please call (803) 535-5444.

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