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Inclement weather information for UW Tacoma

Current status

The UW Tacoma campus is operating on a normal schedule today. There are no web alerts in effect at this time.
current as of: 03/02/2015 7:10:43 PM PST

Inclement weather guidelines

It's the season for 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: http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/security/alert/. These guidelines apply on weekends and whether classes are in session or not.

When the university is in operation, but severe weather conditions exist, use your own best judgment about driving to campus. Below are guidelines for what to do when you miss work or school due to weather.

Suspended operations - closing campus
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., earlier if possible, about whether to suspend operations for the entire day or operate on a delayed schedule. 

When operations are suspended, the campus is closed, 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 emergency telephone hotline, assume campus is open.

Delayed start
When a delayed schedule is called, classes and offices will resume operations, usually at 10:30 a.m. or noon, depending on conditions. 

Closing early
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
  • You can sign up in advance to receive UW Alert texts that will notify you about closures and other emergencies. Sign up or update your contact information: www.tacoma.washington.edu/security/alert
  • Email notification will be sent to your @uw.edu email address
  • Twitter:  www.twitter.com/UWTnews 
  • Facebook:  www.facebook.com/uwtacoma
  • Check www.FlashAlert.net, click on "Seattle" in the map, then click on "Colleges & Universities" and find UW Tacoma at the bottom of the list.
  • TV and radio stations will broadcast information from FlashAlert.net.

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.

Missed classes
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:

Remember, 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


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