WILMINGTON, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington says the campus is closing down and suspending services in advance of the threat from Hurricane Matthew.

The school announced Thursday that it will shut down at noon Friday. A statement said workers whose shifts begin at noon or later shouldn’t report to work unless told otherwise by supervisors.

Students were already under a mandatory campus evacuation order. Students were to leave campus no later than noon Thursday. The school said a decision regarding students’ return to campus will be made and distributed as soon as possible.

UNCW is also asking faculty and staff volunteers to serve as host families for campus residential students over the weekend.