Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. - 3/1/11
About the Snow
I have received a number of emails this morning about our decision to keep the university open despite the heavy snow that has struck the Pullman area.
I fully understand the concerns that have been expressed. Student safety is my highest priority. That is why I have urged everyone to use his or her best judgment in coming to campus today or any time such a weather condition strikes.
Students who believe they cannot make it safely to class because of weather should contact their professors. Likewise, staff members should contact supervisors about any problems in making it to work.
More information on the university's inclement weather policies is available at http://hrs.wsu.edu/Inclement%20Weather.
Closing campus is always a difficult decision. As most of you probably know, over the years, the Pullman campus has seldom been closed because of weather. With the vast majority of students living on or near campus, we generally believe that most will be able to make it to their classes.
If weather makes that impossible in individual cases, we encourage faculty members to make every allowance to accommodate those students who believe they cannot reach classes safely.
I would also like to express my appreciation to WSU crews who worked long hours yesterday and today to keep the roads and parking lots as clear as possible despite all the snow.
It is impossible to eliminate the impact of such a storm. However, I know that lots of planning and hard work went into minimizing the effects and making it as easy as possible for people to go about their daily routines this morning.