Disability Resource Center

Snow Removal

Clearing snow from campus walks is both a science and an art. Warning time, type of snow, type of surface, phases of melting and re-freezing, wind speeds and temperature can all impact the effectiveness of snow removal.  At times, walks that have been previously cleared may appear to be untouched by removal crews due to blowing and drifting of snow. Nonetheless, WIU snow removal crews work days, nights, evenings and weekends to ensure routes are clear for travel.

To facilitate focused use of resources during snow, WIU has identified a priority snow removal route. This route is accessible and connects all campus buildings and accessible parking spaces. View the Priority Snow Route map in preparation for travel during winter weather. This route has been reviewed and approved by staff from Facilities Management, Disability Resources, GoWest, University Housing and Dining, members of the ADA Advisory Committee, and Inter-Hall Council.

Snow/Ice Safety

Everyone should exercise good judgment when deciding whether it is safe to travel during when there is snow or ice on the ground. Should you decide to venture out, below are some suggested safety precautions to consider:

General Tips
  • Get familiar with and use the Priority Snow Removal Route
  • Dress warmly and in layers
  • Wear snow boots that provide good traction
  • Carry a cell phone at all times
  • Become familiar with blue light emergency alert locations
  • Proceed cautiously across patches of ice and snow
  • Allow more time for travel
  • Report problem areas along the priority route to Facilities Management at 309-298-1834
  • Limit exposure to wind and extreme cold temperatures
Tips for the Use of Mobility Devices
  • Use a blanket for your legs to help maintain body heat
  • Consider purchasing pneumatic tires for better traction
  • Wipe down any metal surfaces (wheelchair tire rims, walkers, etc.) as soon as possible after returning home to prevent rusting.
  • Consider using gripper driving gloves to keep your hands warm and allow for better gripping of walkers, canes, wheelchair tires, etc.
Tips for Blind/Low Vision Travelers
  • Find good winter boots with soles that provide good traction on slippery surfaces
  • Consider using boot traction devices that you put on the bottom of your shoes or boots to prevent slipping
  • Cane users can use a mobility mitten or adapt gloves to allow for transfer of information. To adapt gloves, cut off the index finger or cut off the outer layer of glove, but keep the lining. This should give much better information to the index finger. You may also consider looking at hunting gloves and mittens in a sporting goods store.
  • It is extremely important to be visible to drivers during dark winter months. Use a reflector which hangs from the side of the coat. Also, wear bright colors to stand out against the snow.
Resources for Travel During Snow/Ice

The University offers several resources for moving about campus during winter weather. Please check out the resources below:

  • Utilize GoWest Transit
  • If you are not able to get to the nearest bus stop consider applying for ADA Paratransit Services
  • Contact the Student Development and Success Center at 309-298-1884 to request that someone walk with you to your classes
  • Report problems with the Priority Snow Removal Route to Landscape Maintenance at 309-298-1834 Ext. 255.


For information about what to do in case of an emergencies, such as natural disasters, fire, violent crimes, etc. see the University's Emergency Reference Guide.

If you experience an urgent access situation before 8:00am or after 4:30pm please contact OPS at 309-298-1949 or dial 911.

If you are stuck in an elevator, pressing the emergency call button will connect you with OPS. If you experience a non-emergency elevator breakdown in the residence halls, you should contact the front desk of the residence hall where the breakdown occurs.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

Contact Info

Student Development and Success Center
Memorial Hall 125
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: SDSC@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1884
Fax: (309) 298-2361