Washington State University

Revised 10-09
Office of Emergency Management

Suspended Operations

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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)

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 include, but are not limited to, chancellors of regional campuses and directors of research and extension stations. The Dean of WSU Extension is typically delegated authority to close extension offices.


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

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane provides alert notification at the following website:


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

WSU Tri-Cities

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


WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver provides alert notification at the following website:


WSU Extension

The Associate Vice President and Dean, WSU Extension determines whether or not to shut down extension offices in the event of an emergency. The Dean sends an e-mail message suspending operations to all affected non-Pullman Extension faculty and staff.

Research and Extension

A research and extension center (REC) director who has received delegated authority from the President determines whether or not to shut down a REC in the event of an emergency. Each REC shares suspended operations information and updates with personnel by telephone tree.

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

The director ensures that all areas of the REC are secured (e.g., laboratories, chemical storage sheds).

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


See 60.40.