Dear students, faculty and staff,

Last year, the Pullman area faced an unusually harsh winter with much more precipitation than is typical. This letter serves as a reminder for all of us to take local conditions into account when determining whether travel to and from campus can be accomplished safely.

Because WSU Pullman is a residential and research campus, decision makers consider a broad range of implications when making any change to campus operations. When classes are cancelled, many essential operations are still in service and essential personnel, including Facilities, Dining, and Police, remain on campus. Decisions to delay or suspend operations are made based on the best available information and the current conditions, with consideration for safety and the mission of the University.

Travel conditions vary greatly across our region and state and the safety of our students, faculty and staff is always a top priority.  We urge you to use your best judgement when deciding whether you can safely commute to campus in the event of inclement weather.

In the event that WSU Pullman makes changes to normal operations due to inclement weather, a WSU Alert will be sent to our campus community. All WSU students, staff and faculty are encouraged to sign up to receive these alerts at

As winter weather approaches, employees are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes for periods of inclement weather and for the possibility of suspended operations. Human Resource Services has resources posted on the Inclement Weather & Suspended Operations website.

If students anticipate difficulties traveling to campus during inclement weather, they are encouraged to work with instructors to make alternate arrangements regarding course expectations.

We are working to make the WSU Pullman campus as safe as possible and hope everyone has an enjoyable winter season.


WSU Police Department

WSU Office of Emergency Management