Virginia winters can bring inclement weather which results in difficult pedestrian and vehicular travel. In order to best meet the needs of our campus community, priorities and regulations have been established for snow and ice management. Safety is our first priority when allocating resources. With many miles of campus walks and roads, it typically takes our staff several days to address main priorities following a winter storm. Snow and ice management is a program responsibility of the Landscape and Grounds division, but critical support duties are assigned to personnel through nearly all of Facilities Services. If you notice delayed response times and routine tasks not being accomplished, it is because snow and ice management has taken a higher priority.
PLEASE EXERCISE PERSONAL CAUTION WHEN WALKING OR DRIVING IN WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS. HAZARDOUS AREAS MAY DEVELOP OR PERSIST EVEN AFTER REMOVAL EFFORTS OR CHEMICAL TREATMENT OF SURFACES. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR GOOD JUDGEMENT.
Note: The Stafford Campus and the UMW Apartments are covered under individual programs. Snow and ice management at these locations is accomplished through contracted vendors.
In general our snow and ice management priorities are:
- Emergency vehicle access
- Main entries to Residence Halls
- Access to and from Residence Halls to Seacobeck via main walks
- Main entries to Academic and Administrative buildings
- Access to Academic and Administrative buildings via main walks
- Faculty/Staff and commuter parking
- Residential student parking
- Event support
We realize the importance of our students and faculty/staff arriving safely at their destination. UMW faculty/staff and students are encouraged to wear proper footwear for snowy and icy conditions, and to plan on taking extra time and alternate routes to reach destinations. Detailed snow/ice control priorities are attached. Please use these priorities when planning your travel on campus. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience in respect to snow and ice management.
SNOW REMOVAL PRIORITIES DEFINED
Priority I – opened as soon as possible and re-checked perdiodically during the event
Priority II – opened as soon as Priority I are open and maintainable, may re- close due to additional precipitation or refreezing, will be re-opened
Priority III – opened if possible but only after Priority I & Priority II are opened and maintained, may re-close due to changing conditions
Priority IV – will not be opened until conclusion of the event
SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING REGULATIONS (Section Revised 2/10)
Snow Emergency parking regulations will be put into place when there is a threat of snow, sleet, hail, freezing rain, or ice. Notification of a Snow Emergency declaration will be by email.
All Faculty/Staff parking, commuter parking and the top level of the UMW parking deck are designated as “Snow Emergency Areas.” No vehicles are allowed to remain in these Snow Emergency Areas after 10 p.m. No student vehicles are to be parked in any Faculty/Staff parking lots.
"Snow Emergency Areas” include ALL Faculty/Staff lots, commuter parking, BOTH sides of inbound and outbound Double Drive, and all driveways/roadways on campus.
Any vehicle on University property interfering with snow removal operations is subject to towing at any time during the snow emergency declaration at the owner’s expense.
Lots will reopen at 7 a.m. the morning following the Snow Emergency declaration unless the University is declared closed or moves to a delayed opening. Under either of these conditions, all Snow Emergency Areas including, Faculty/Staff parking lots, Commuter ParkingDouble Drive and the top level of the UMW parking deck will remain closed to parking until the University officially reopens.
When a snow emergency is declared, the Alvey Hill access to the Sunken Road lots and UMW parking deck (lower entrance) will be closed. Vehicles parked in the Sunken Road North lot (area #11) must use the parking deck as an entrance and exit. Access to Route 1 from the parking deck will be through the upper level only. The gate to Sunken Road will also be open for access to the Sunken Road south lot. (Area #13). Marshall Hill drive will also be closed.
"Snow Emergency Areas” include:
- Double Drive – Area 1
- Jefferson Square – Area 27
- Jefferson lot – Area 26
- Marshall Drive – Area 24
- Campus Drive
- Woodard Campus Center – Area 19
- Lee Hall lots – Upper and lower – Area 17
- Chandler Hall lot – Area 3
- Goolrick Drive and Staff parking lot – Area 8, (Fac/Staff), (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
- Alvey Drive
- Monroe/Willard (North) lot – Area 15 (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
- Monroe Hall lot South – Area 16
- Ridderhoff-Martin Gallery lot – Area 4
- Seacobeck lot – Area 4
- Simpson lot and drive – Area 5
- GW/Westmoreland Hall lot – Area 2
- Thornton Street lot Fac/Staff – Area 29
- Jepson lot – Area 6
- Mayre lot – Area 20
- Brent – Area 22
- Alumni Executive Center lot – Area 32
- Facilities Services lot – Area 34
- Parking Deck Level 4 Top Deck – Area 10
Any vehicle on University property interfering with snow removal operations will be subject to towing at any time of the day or night at the owner’s expense.
Upon completion of snow removal in Faculty/Staff and Commuter lots, all student lots will be closed at 7PM. Notification of student lot closings will be by E-mail. During this period students will be allowed to park in designated Faculty/Staff lots until 7 AM. Vehicles remaining in student lots are subject to being ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
All designated handicapped parking spaces, except those at Woodard Campus Center, are exempt from Snow Emergency Regulations.
WINTER BREAK SNOW REMOVAL POLICY
During the official faculty/staff Winter Holiday snow/ice removal plans and priorities will be modified. Snow removal for vehicular access to buildings for emergency response will commence with snow accumulations of 4″ or more.
Buildings occupied by staff during this time will be provided with snow and ice melting chemical, abrasives and shovels. Staff and residents will be responsible for their own building access.