Mobility Concerns during Inclement Weather

Snow and Ice Removal

In the case of snow and ice, generally, our Grounds crew prioritizes the central areas of campus, including academic buildings, dining facilities, high traffic walkways, and accessible entrances and ramps.    

Although Bates does our best to clear ice and snow, each storm is different and there may be times when snow and ice create an issue.  Should you encounter an area that is difficult to navigate, please call Facilities Services Monday-Friday 7:00-3:30 at 207-786-6449 or if after hours or on the weekend please call Campus Safety at 207-786-6254.  

Transportation

To request a ride to help navigate campus, please call the Bobcat Express dispatch at 207-786-8300 on weekdays and Campus Safety at 207-786-6254 on weekends.  In general, they ask for at least 15 minutes advanced notice when scheduling a ride but in the case of heavy snow or ice they request at least 30 minutes advanced notice. 

In the event that classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, Campus Safety will be available to provide rides to campus dining locations as needed.  Please call 207-786-6254 and allow for plenty of time (30+ minutes).

Should you feel unsafe at any point navigating campus to attend class due to inclement weather, please contact our office at 207-786-6222 or accessibility@bates.edu and we will work with your instructors.

Meals

In the event of inclement weather, shuttle service is available to and from on-campus dining locations.  During the week, please call the Bobcat Express dispatch at 207-786-8300.  On weekends please call Campus Safety at 207-786-6254.  In general, they ask for at least 15 minutes advanced notice when scheduling a ride but in the case of heavy snow or ice they request at least 30 minutes advanced notice.

Alternatively, should a student feel unsafe navigating campus, please contact Donald Desrosiers at ddesrosi@bates.edu so food delivery arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, concerns, or additional thoughts please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We want to support you to best of our abilities.