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Power restored campus-wide

Latest Update: 5:55 p.m.

Dear Community Members,

We are happy to report that full power has been restored to all buildings on campus. As power returned, some breakers may have tripped and will need resetting. Should you experience any disruptions to service, please contact the information desk in Main Hall (434-947-8000).

At this time, we do not know if this is the final solution, and power to Webb, West, and Thoresen may need to be turned off briefly to complete final replacement of the components responsible for the outages. We will share information as it becomes available.

The Randolph College community has risen to the occasion this week as we have dealt with a trying and difficult situation. Students, faculty, and staff have worked together and demonstrated the strength and closeness of our community.

Sincerely,

The Critical Incident Management Team

 

Update: 3:15 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,

As many of you are now likely aware, a temporary power solution is in place for all facilities except Thoresen, Webb, and West Halls. We anticipate that these three halls will have full power restored by early this evening. The College continues to operate on its regular schedule. However, should circumstances change, we will notify the campus community as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for your cooperation and understanding.

 

Update 10:50 a.m.

Dear Randolph College Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We realize the past few days have been challenging, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we have all dealt with the ongoing power issues on campus.

Our main focus has been ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of our students and other community members. Initially, we believed the outages would be temporary and easily fixed. However, unforeseen challenges have resulted in a delay in rectifying the situation. We would like to share more information and details about the current situation.

College staff members have been working diligently with an outside contractor and American Electric Power to identify and address these issues. The initial problem was caused by the failure of a high voltage fuse. When this fuse was replaced, additional problems emerged, which caused the fuse to fail once again. We believed the repair of this issue resolved the problem when power was restored. However, shortly afterwards, a different fuse on the main transformer (which supplies most of the power to campus) also failed. This resulted in additional power losses on campus.

The initial outage resulted in the loss of complete power to about a third of students in one residence hall. Those 50 students were relocated to other spaces on campus. The transformer fuse failure last night impacted the initial residence hall and three additional halls. Those students were also relocated. The College provided mattresses, blankets, and pillows for overnight accommodations in the Student Center. Some students opted to stay with friends in residence halls that were not affected by the power outage.  Campus security was doubled overnight, and residence life staff members were present across campus to assist students and monitor facilities.  Again, our main priority remains to ensure the safety and security of our students.

Cheatham Dining Hall and the Skeller dining area were not affected by the power outage.  Students will continue to have all dining options available as normal.

After careful consideration, we made the decision to continue to hold classes. Our faculty members are resourceful and understanding and have been working closely with the administration and students. Some have relocated classes to available air-conditioned spaces. Students have also had access to air-conditioned spaces, such as the Student Center, throughout this period.

Classes are currently being held as scheduled. Please continue to check e-mail, text messaging, and the College website for further communications and updates. Postings in Main Hall will also be available.

Reasonable adjustments will be made regarding administrative processes, such as the deadline for adding classes. An announcement will be made at a later time with further details. Please be assured, that we are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to keep our community updated as information becomes available. Updates are also available on our website www.randolphcollege.edu.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

 

September 3, 2014

Dear Randolph Community,

As you know, Randolph College has been experiencing ongoing electrical power difficulties over the past two days. During this time, the campus has experienced a partial power outage.

We have been working hard to address the issue. While fixing what we believed to be the reason for the initial partial outage—a faulty high voltage fuse—we encountered additional problems that have caused outages in facilities that have had power before tonight.

We realize this situation has been frustrating to our students, faculty, and staff, and we appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we deal with the issue.

There are facilities on campus with power, and for tonight, we have asked students in residence halls without power to go to the Student Center, which has electricity and air conditioning, or stay with a fellow student who has power. Students have been provided mattresses, pillows, and blankets to make their stay more comfortable. As always, our residence life staff and security officers are available should any special needs arise.

The College will operate Thursday on a regular schedule, including the dining hall.

Our staff is diligently working to correct the problems, and as always the safety, security, and well-being of our students remain our top priorities. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Thank you for your understanding as the College works through these challenges.



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