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MSU is prepared for snow, ice and cold temperatures


Dec. 1, 2014

As snow, ice and cold temperatures make their return to Michigan, several MSU partners are ready to react. Again this season, MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities is teaming with Residential and Hospitality Services and the MSU Police to ensure the well-being of students, faculty and staff. 

Simple ways to help 

  • Report an area in need of snow or ice removal by e-mailing or by calling 353-1760. For areas near university residence halls, inform the facility manager. 
  • Employees are encouraged to use the main entrance of a building during a snow event.
  • Work with snow-removal experts to ensure safety. Snow-removal equipment is large, loud and difficult to stop. Avoid darting out in front of or behind such equipment, and make eye contact with a snow-removal driver before crossing the street in front of them.
    • On sidewalks: Avoid parking so close to the sidewalk that the car’s bumper hangs over the walk. It creates an obstacle for snow-removal equipment.
    • In parking lots: If possible, park in the plowed areas of parking lots to help snow-removal workers quickly clear the unplowed areas without navigating around vehicles.
    • In residence hall loops: Parking is prohibited in these loops between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to allow snow-removal workers time to clear them.
  • Do not chain bikes to signs. It is illegal on campus and creates obstacles for snow-removal equipment.
  • Give the ice-melt compound time to take effect. Those living in residence halls or university apartments should inform the facility manager of the need for ice-melt compound. Also, while safety is priority one, using ice-melt compound responsibly is important to limit environmental impacts.
  • If the temperature inside of a campus building feels colder than it should be (including hallways and stairwells), report it to IPF by calling 353-1760. When temperatures become too low in certain spaces, a building's water, piping or other infrastructure systems could be damaged. Help IPF be aware of such issues with interior temperatures by reporting cold areas inside campus building. IPF staff will perform an assessment to determine the best solution to the issue.  

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.