Catastrophic Events Planning (CEP)

To facilitate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations during emergencies and adverse conditions (e.g., pandemics, inclement weather, etc.), the President shall have the authority to adopt temporary policies or to amend or suspend existing policies for the duration of the emergent event.

If the President is unable to exercise this authority, he has designated individuals in priority order as authorized to declare a state of emergency.

In the event none of the President’s designees are available, any two of the division deans or one dean and the AVP of Student Support Services acting together in a time of emergency may declare a state of emergency.

The declaration of emergency should be reported to the President or, in his absence, to the Chair of the PCC Board of Trustees as soon as possible.

Please see the Pitt Community College Emergency Procedures and Operations Manual for additional information.

Class Disruptions from Emergencies/Catastrophes

The institution communicates with and keeps students, faculty, and staff informed through PCC Alerts and Messaging. More information is contained in the College Catalog and at the following link: PCC Alerts and Messaging.

If it is necessary to cancel PCC courses and/or temporarily close the college campus, announcements will be posted on the PCC website, local radio, and television stations. More information is contained in the College Catalog and at the following link: School Closure.

Institution and/or Program Closures

If a catastrophic event results in the permanent closure of the College, the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges Code has specific requirements that must be followed (lB SBCCC 200.99). These requirements include helping students identify equivalent programs and transfer to other community colleges and transferring all permanent student records to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.


The Curriculum Course/Program Termination Procedure details the method for implementing teach-out plans when the College terminates individual courses or an entire program. The goal of the teach-out plan is to protect the interests of students and faculty, provide minimal disruption to students, and satisfy the requirements of external bodies, including the North Carolina Community College System, SACSCOC, and the US Department of Education.

Tuition Refunds

The Course Cancellations and Refund Procedure states that the College will provide a refund for any course that is canceled by the College. Refunds are handled in accordance with North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges Code tuition refund requirements.