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Grounds Maintenance

The Facilities and Operations Grounds Maintenance staff is responsible for the maintenance of landscaped areas on campus with the exclusion of the athletic fields. Typical duties of the crew include trash removal, mowing, watering, weeding, planting, and sweeping. This crew occasionally performs hard-scape construction and landscape renovation projects. All the athletic fields are maintained by Department of Athletics personnel.

A separate crew within this group provides a number of catch-all services including moving services, building cleanouts, used furniture recycling, and a tremendous amount of event support. This crew also provides support for the Grounds crew with its activities.

Both crews work together during snow and ice events to provide safe walkways, parking areas, and roads throughout the campus.

Snow Removal

Snow and ice removal on the campus of Rhode Island College is a large and demanding task. The Department of Facilities and Operations is responsible for over 5 miles of sidewalks, 3 miles of roads, 20 acres of parking areas, driveways, handicapped ramps, and stairs each requiring the expeditious plowing, shoveling, and sanding for safe travel throughout campus. A combination of Facilities and Operations personnel and private contractors work non-stop under difficult conditions to ensure the safety of our campus community and that classes continue as scheduled.


Many small crews are spread throughout the campus to clear the snow and ice from walks and other paved surfaces. While classes are in session, walks, ramps, stairs, and roads are kept as clear as possible. Travel lanes within parking areas are also plowed. Upon the conclusion of classes for the day, the parking areas are re-plowed to clear the entire area in preparation for the next day of classes.

Residence Hall residents that park long term in Parking Lot L, south of Web​er Hall, may borrow a shovel from the Office of Residential Life and Housing to clear the snow from around their personal vehicles, if necessary.


How do I check for Class Cancellation?

To ensure classes and work are on schedule and have not been delayed or cancelled during a storm, please visit the college's Emergency Management website or contact the Rhode Island College Information Line at 456-9500.

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Facilities and Operations

The Office of Facilities and Operations provides 24-hour support services to students, faculty and staff in a timely manner through the use of a computerized work order system for maintenance and emergency repairs.