Snow Plowing and Shoveling Policy

During the winter months, the Bates Grounds crew is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for snow removal.  Snow removal begins with the accumulation of approximately 2 inches of snow.  Major arteries, heavy traffic areas, and fire lanes are the first to be plowed, with secondary areas next.  There are some sidewalks not essential to foot traffic that are not plowed.

During the course of a storm, only main entrances are kept cleared and all other entrances are cleared at the end of the storm.  When plowing and shoveling are complete, a mixture of sand and salt is applied to increase traction and aid in the melting of any ice left behind by the plows.

Every storm is different and depending on whether it is a wet heavy snow or a dry powdery snow, determines how long it will take to clear the campus.  Priority is placed on clearing the main campus area as well as any student housing locations first.  Any Bates owned rental properties are addressed after the main campus and student housing locations have been cleared.

We also ask that you wear appropriate footwear during storm events, as walkways and stairs may not be scraped clean for extended periods of time.