Emergency Information

Always Dial 911 if you have a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress. 
For non-emergency police assistance: 509.359.7676.

All operations are currently normal at the Cheney and Spokane campuses.

Remember, during inclement weather or in the event of a public safety situation on campus, please call 359.SNOW (7669) or come to this web page (ewu.edu/emergency) for the latest information. Also, follow us on Twitter @EWUNews, on Facebook or sign up for EWU Alerts. For details about EWU’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, visit access.ewu.edu/police.



Emergency Closures

While Eastern rarely cancels classes, it does not compromise safety when making a decision about school closures during inclement weather. Prior to making a decision on operations, EWU consults with the following agencies about road conditions and makes a decision by 5 a.m. each day: the Washington State Patrol, the Weather Service, the City of Cheney, Spokane Transit and EWU Police. The university’s own faculties staff is also consulted regarding sidewalk and parking lot conditions.

Sometimes we face class cancellations due to weather conditions or there are other potential emergency situations that may require quick response and immediate communication. When operations are suspended, only essential personnel are asked to come to campus. Essential personnel are identified as staff who are tasked with essential services, such as cleanup or maintenance issues, related to a particular emergency. For more information, see the EWU policy on Suspended Operations. (When operations are suspended this means the library is also closed, but dining service locations will be open based on available personnel).

Please consider signing up for the EWU Alert system to receive instant text messages on your cell phone and e-mails during an emergency situation. Go to EWU’s home web page or campus safety page to learn more and sign up for this service.

EWU Alerts Signup

The EWU Snow Line – 509.359.SNOW contains a recorded message that is updated around the clock, as needed, during any emergency, and you are directed to that number for the latest information.

Regional news media are always informed by an official university spokesperson about emergency situations. Please check your local TV or radio station as well.


We make every effort to send all-campus e-mails to faculty and staff, as well as to students who supply us with their e-mail addresses, in the rare case of an emergency situation. Also check our website: ewu.edu.

Campus safety information for students at the EWU Spokane Campus is available at spokane.wsu.edu/campusalert. EWU will provide updates here and through our message systems as they relate to the operation of EWU programs in the University District.

Spokane Campus Alerts Signup

More Resources

Spokane Campus Emergency Response Video