In preparation for possible inclement weather, please talk with your students about the procedures UW Tacoma follows to notify the community about a campus closure, as well as how you will communicate with them if you cancel class on a day the campus is open. Everyone should have received a message similar to the one below. Please remind students that they can check the UWT webpage, their official UW email account, UWT social media sites, call the emergency line at 253-383-4636, and can even sign up on the UWT UW Alert page to receive a text if the campus is closed.
NOTE: In the event the campus is still open and you cannot get to campus for class, please be sure students know where to check (email, Blackboard, Catalyst, etc.) for information and that you have informed your program or school regarding course cancellations. This is very important. It’s awful to make a dangerous trip to campus only to find that one’s instructor did not make the trek and cancelled class. The email below, which was sent on UWTline, contains all the information you should need about HR policies and procedures for notifying the campus about a closure due to inclement weather. It was compiled by Mike Wark, UWT’s Director of External Relations, 253-692-5771.
James W. Harrington, Jr.
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
UNIVERSITY of WASHINGTON | TACOMA
It’s the season for turkey and pumpkin pie, tire chains, flooded roads, downed trees and power outages. Here’s a reminder about UW Tacoma stormy weather policies and a guide to information about closures and delays.
Please keep this for your reference through the winter. You can also access it on the UW Tacoma UW Alert site. These guidelines apply whether classes are in session or not.
In the event of snow, ice or other dangerous conditions, campus leadership will assess the road conditions early in the morning and make a decision no later than 6 a.m., or earlier if possible, about whether to suspend operations for the entire day or operate on a delayed schedule.
When operations are suspended, classes are not held, administrative offices are closed and events and activities are cancelled.
If no alert messages are posted on the website or the snowline, assume campus is open.
When a delayed schedule is called, classes and offices will resume operations, usually at 10:30 a.m. or noon, depending on conditions.
If a storm hits during a weekday, campus leaders may decide to suspend operations early. An announcement is usually made by 2 p.m. that day.
Where to get info
• UW emergency telephone hotline: Call 253-383-4636 or 866-897-4636
• UW Tacoma web homepage: www.tacoma.uw.edu
• Alert system emails and text messages. Sign up or update your contact information: www.tacoma.washington.edu/security/alert
• Twitter: www.twitter.com/UWTnews
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/uwtacoma
• Check www.SchoolReport.org for closure and delayed operation notices.
• TV and radio stations will broadcast information from SchoolReport.org.
Messages will be available through these communication methods as soon as decisions to suspend or delay operations are made. UW Tacoma’s web homepage will be updated as soon as possible with an Alert message if there is any change in campus operations.
Faculty should make arrangements to contact students if class is cancelled when the university is not closed. Students should talk with their teachers about making up class time lost during a suspension of operations or a delayed opening, or if they are unable to get to campus.
Missed work time
UWHR's suspended operations web pages provide information about pay and leave practices during inclement weather and suspended operations. If you have additional questions about HR practices during suspended operations and inclement weather, please contact UWT HR at 253-692-5669.
Inclement weather site:
Suspended operations link:
When the university is in operation, but severe weather conditions exist, use your own best judgment about driving to work. Refer to the policy on taking leave due to inclement weather on the UW HR website:
Additional safety information
Take Winter by STORM:
Tips, information and resources for Western Washington
Washington State Emergency Management:
Preparedness for home, work, school; disaster assistance
Washington Dept. of Transportation
Road conditions, winter driving, mountain passes information