POL-U5000.03 Closing University Buildings

Dates and Approval

Effective Date:

January 2, 1996

Approved by:

Western Washington University President's Council

Who does this policy apply to?

This policy applies to all university personnel.


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Policy Statements

1. This Policy Will Be Implemented When Utilities are Shut Down in All or Major Parts of Buildings for Extended Periods of Time

The Building Closure Policy is implemented when utilities, including life-safety systems, are shut down in all or major parts of a building for extended periods of time due to maintenance or construction activities. Although the Business and Financial Affairs Division will make every effort to schedule closure periods to avoid conflict, the purpose of this policy is to mediate conflicts which may arise when academic or administrative programs require access to buildings intended for closure. Such conflicts may arise for a variety of reasons, including athletic events, performing arts programs, lectures or conferences scheduled for times of building closure. Other causes may involve closure of a building with a variety of academic classes or meetings scheduled.

2. Vice Presidents to Resolve Conflicts Should They Arise

It is University policy that should a conflict between divisions develop as a result of the identified need to close a building, the case will be brought by the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs to the appropriate Vice President or, in the case of multiple divisions, to the President's Council for resolution on a case-by-case basis.

Notifications and the intra-divisional decision-making process regarding building closure are described in the Business and Financial Affairs Building Closure Procedures.

Issues to be considered in the decision may include possible compensation for loss of program income and relocation of events or classes scheduled in the building during closure.

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