NOTICE : Campus-wide Power Outage - Thursday August 28, 2014 from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. Click for details.

Emergency Management/Campus Advisories

Campus Electrical Upgrade: Thursday, August 28

Campus Power Outage - Thursday August 28, 2014 from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

Rhode Island College in conjunction with Robert F. Audet electrical contractors and National Grid are continuing to work together on the major electrical upgrade for the campus.

One of the more time-consuming aspects of the upgrade - the installation of a new main transformer - must be completed prior to the residence hall move-in day. A delay until later in the semester puts the campus at greater risk of system failure, including heating.

However, the transformer will not be available for installation until the last week in August. Therefore, the college is planning to shut down the power to the campus for approximately 10 hours on Thursday, August 28, 2014 (rain date: Friday, August 29), beginning at 6:00 am. At that time, the college will partially run on generator power.

As was the case during the previous shutdown, air conditioning will not be operational during the outage. Buildings without generator power will be closed.

There are a number of buildings with limited generator coverage that will be closed or have restricted use during the outage period.

Open and on full power:

  • Browne Hall (residence)
  • Building 1
  • Building 3
  • Building 4
  • Building 5
  • Clarke Science
  • Craig-Lee
  • Donovan Dining Center
  • Fogarty Life Science
  • Henry Barnard School (*)
  • Horace Mann
  • New Residence Hall
  • Physical Plant
  • Roberts Hall
  • Sweet Hall (residence)
  • Weber Hall (residence)
(*) On Thursday, HBS students will be off-site, so it will be unnecessary to supply power to the building. However, should the upgrade be delayed until Friday, HBS will be powered by generator.


Open and on limited power:
Seek direction from the Office of Human Resources regarding working arrangements

  • Alger Hall
  • Art Center
  • Forman Center
  • Gaige Hall
  • Nazarian Center
  • Recreation Center
  • School of Social Work
  • Sherlock Center
  • Student Union

Closed and with no or limited power:

  • Adams Library
  • Building 2
  • Building 6
  • Building 8
  • Building 10
  • Cooperative Preschool
  • Murray Center
  • Sherlock Center
  • Student Union
  • Whipple Hall
  • Yellow Cottage

Due to the timing of the upgrade, key student services, such as the Bursar and the Financial Aid Office, will remain open during the shutdown.

Faculty members with routine IT requests are urged to address these prior to the shutdown. Please note that the USS Help Desk (401-456-8803) will have limited operations during the time of the upgrade.

Staff employees (classified, PSA and BOG) who are scheduled to report to work on the day of the shutdown and are affected by the power outage may, with their supervisor's approval, elect to discharge either vacation time or personal time. Employees who do not wish to discharge time or are unable to do so are advised to inform their supervisor as soon as possible, so that any necessary alternate work arrangements may be made.

We will be monitoring the situation during the outage. Staff from Facilities and Operations, Network and Telecommunications, User Support Services, Campus Police, and Capital Projects will be working throughout the outage and responding to any issues that may arise.

RELATED NOTICE: The annual shutdown for steam plant maintenance is still ongoing but is scheduled to complete prior to the President's Coffee Hour on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. This means that all campus buildings, except those on East Campus, are until then without air conditioning and hot water.

Continue to check this website for further updates.

Rhode Island College is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy campus environment for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. The Emergency Management/Campus Advisories web page is a hub for the posting of timely and concise information of value related to inclement weather and other campus advisories.

In the event of delays or class/college closures, Rhode Island College will post information in accordance with the class cancellation / college closing policy.

Notices will be posted:

  1. On the college information line at (401) 456-9500;
  2. With local radio and television stations through the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association consortium;
  3. Via text messages using RICAlert - the Rhode Island College Emergency Notification System;
  4. and on the Outside LinkRIC Facebook and Outside LinkTwitter pages.

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Page last updated: August 25, 2014