CHENEY, Washington - During inclement weather this winter, or during emergency situations, please remember to call the EWU Snow Line at 359.7669 or 359-SNOW for the latest information regarding the status of university operations.
Information can also be obtained by following us on Twitter (@EWUNews or @EWUEagles), Facebook or by visiting the EWU Emergency Web page. Also, please consider signing up for the EWU Alert system to receive official EWU announcements via text message, email and more.
Messages will typically be updated if there is a change to normal operations during a major weather event or other incident, or when the university is returning to normal operations.
Please remember that while Eastern rarely cancels classes it does not compromise safety when making a decision about school closures during inclement weather. Prior to making a decision on operations, EWU consults with the following agencies about road conditions and makes a decision by 5 a.m. each day: the Washington State Patrol, the Weather Service, the City of Cheney, Spokane Transit and EWU Police. The university's own faculties staff is also consulted regarding sidewalk and parking lot conditions.
Each individual should make their own decision on whether to come in or stay home based on their situation and personal safety. As per Eastern's Suspended Operations policy, if an employee requests to leave or not report to work because he/she has concerns regarding the weather or driving conditions, the employee must take vacation leave, compensatory time, if applicable, or leave without pay. Also remember that students, staff and faculty can ride Spokane Transit for free with their Eastern I.D.
The EWU policy can be found online at: http://cfweb.ewu.edu/policy/PolicyFiles/EWU_601_02.pdf.
The city of Cheney's snow removal plans are also worth noting. If you park on the street, please remember when you need to move your vehicle if there's a heavy snowfall. Moving your vehicle for plowing speeds up the process to make the streets clear and safe for everyone, including school buses and emergency responders.
Whenever two or more inches of snow accumulates on city streets, and so long as that snow remains uncleared, no vehicles may be parked on any Cheney street or city right-of-way between midnight and 6 a.m. In the central business district, this parking restriction is between 3-6 a.m.
If your vehicle blocks snowplows, Cheney Police may issue a citation and have your vehicle towed at your expense. For more information visit www.cityofcheney.org and look for the snow removal policy under Laws & Regulations.
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