Over the weekend Elizabeth City State University announced the campus was dealing with an expansive power outage. Power has been restored to all but a few remaining buildings. Get the story from staff at the local Daily Advance below.
A number of Elizabeth City State University buildings and facilities, including the campus dining hall, were still without power Monday, two days after a brief power outage on campus.
ECSU said on its website that the city of Elizabeth City experienced a brief power outage on Saturday that included the university campus. When the city restored power, the university’s power infrastructure was affected, causing outages at a number of facilities, the campus said.
Buildings affected by the outage and still without power for most of Monday included Bedell Dining Hall; the commuter center/bowling alley; Dixon-Patterson Hall; the E.V. Wilkins Academic Computing Center; Griffin Hall; McLendon Hall; the Ridley Student Complex; the Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley University Center; the Thorpe Administration Building; the R.L. Vaughan Center; University Towers; and Williams Hall.
Students with classes in any of the buildings without power were advised to contact their professor so they could learn whether their class was being held in another building or would switch to being held remotely.
Because Bedell Dining Hall was without power, students were told to report to the K.E. White Center for breakfast and lunch on Monday. ECSU provided shuttle service to the center for students eating meals.
Students at University Towers were relocated Sunday to alternate housing sites both on and off-campus, and were expected to remain there until power was restored. Students were provided the alternate accommodations at no cost to them, ECSU said.
ECSU staff were stationed at the off-campus housing sites to assist students and provide those lacking transportation shuttle service to and from campus.
Monday evening, ECSU announced that power had been restored to both Bedell Dining Hall and University Towers, and that campus staff would continue to work on restoring power to other facilities and buildings still without power.
ECSU said it planned to schedule students’ return to campus over the next two days. Students were advised to wait until contacted by Residence Life personnel before returning to University Towers.
The university also announced that because of the power outage, the last day to remove incomplete grades had been extended from Tuesday to Friday, March 25.
Faculty and staff were advised to come to work on Tuesday if their building had power. Non-essential employees who work in one of the buildings without power were advised to telework on Monday and Tuesday.
Faculty members who teach in buildings without power were supposed to be notified about alternative classroom locations.