Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Jan. 5, 2009

Whitworth University Holding Classes Monday (Jan. 5) for Students Who Live On Campus or Can Reach Campus Safely

Whitworth University is open today (Jan. 5), and holding Jan Term classes as scheduled for the many students who live on campus or who are able to travel to campus safely. A decision about Whitworth's evening classes will be made by 3 p.m. today and will be announced through Whitworth e-mail, the university home page, main campus switchboard and local media.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor weather and road conditions and to use good judgment in making safe travel decisions. Whitworth urges all students and employees to be cautious and to avoid unnecessary risks in traveling to campus. Students unable to reach campus due to weather are advised to contact their professors by e-mail. Employees unable to reach campus should contact their supervisors.

Whitworth administrators consulted Sunday with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Department of Emergency Management and share their concern for public safety. Buildings on campus have been inspected and judged safe for occupancy. Campus roads, sidewalks and parking lots have been plowed. Given that nearly 1,300 Whitworth students live on campus and many more live within close proximity, administrators have determined that Whitworth can continue normal operations Monday.

Updates will be communicated through the home page of the Whitworth website (www.whitworth.edu), the main switchboard (509-777-1000) and Spokane media.

Contacts:

Greg Orwig, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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