During winter weather conditions the Grounds Supervisor watches the forecast with the help of the University Police Department; as soon as snow or ice has accumulated, all essential* Facilities employees report to work as scheduled, where they proceed to remove the snow from the streets, sidewalks, parking lots and building entryways or treat icy areas across campus. Additional work such as sidewalks cleaned with mechanical brooms, custodians cleaning steps and entryways to their buildings, and private contractors removing snow on all parking lots are provided.
Whenever possible, the grounds crew begins removing the snow or ice as early as 4:00 a.m. and tries to complete most of the work prior to 7:30 a.m., before students, faculty and staff arrive. Each snowfall is handled differently since each varies (in the amount, number of employees available, whether ice is involved, etc.). All areas of campus are cleaned off as soon as the weather allows, in the quickest way possible. If you find slip hazards that we have missed, please notify Facilities Services at (785) 670-1149 [between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday] or University Police dispatcher at (785) 670-1153 [between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 24 hours a day during weekends and holidays.]
* All Facilities Services employees, except clerical office staff and architects, are considered essential personnel. All essential personnel must report to work as scheduled, regardless of the weather.