Washington State University
BUSINESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

SAFETY AND SECURITY
50.40
Revised 5-14
Office of Emergency Management
335-7471

Suspended Operations

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POLICY

In accordance with state regulations, the Washington State University President or designee may suspend the operation of all or any part of the institution whenever the President or designee determines that public health, property, or safety is jeopardized due to an emergency. (WAC 357-31-260)

Delegation

The President provides written delegation of authority to designees to suspend University operations. Copies of the written delegations of authority to suspend operations are maintained in the Human Resources Services office at WSU Pullman.

Typical Designees

Typical designees include, but are not limited to, chancellors of regional campuses, directors of research and extension stations, and the WSU Extension Director.

Inclement Weather Procedures Development

An inclement weather event may require the University to suspend some or all operations at the Pullman or regional campuses, the research and extension stations, or the county extension offices.

Each chancellor of a regional campus is responsible for developing policies and procedures for his or her respective campus. Each research and extension station director is responsible for developing policies and procedures for his or her respective station. The WSU Extension Director or designee is responsible for developing policies and procedures for county extension offices.

See the following sections for inclement weather procedures applicable to:

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

In times of crisis or when critical information must be shared, the University provides emergency information and guidance to WSU personnel and students. Based upon the nature of a given event, the University may use one or more of the methods described below:

Select links in the Campus Emergency Information area to view emergency information and/or directions, as applicable.

WSU Pullman

At WSU Pullman, OEM provides emergency messages on the WSU Alert telephone hotline at 509-335-2345.

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane provides alert notification at the following website:

http://spokane.wsu.edu/campusalert/

The WSU Spokane alert telephone hotline is 509-323-2474.

WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities provides alert notification at the following website:

http://tricity.wsu.edu/alerts/

WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver provides alert notification at the following website:

http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/alerts/

WSU Extension

The WSU Extension Director or designee sends an e-mail message suspending operations to all affected non-Pullman Extension faculty and staff.

Research and Extension

Each research and extension center (REC) or unit (REU) shares suspended operations information and updates with personnel by telephone tree.

The REC or REU director notifies the CAHNRS Dean's office (509-335-4561); the Extension Director's Office (509-335-2933) and if possible the Agricultural Research Center (509-335-4563) of the situation and the decision.

During an emergency situation, each REC or REU main office is the information center for any updates or instructions, rather than the REC/REU's safety committee.

STAFFING DURING EMERGENCY CLOSURES

See 60.40.