Emergency Management/Campus Advisories

Campus Electrical Upgrade: Thursday, August 28

Rhode Island College in conjunction with Robert F. Audet electrical contractors and National Grid are continuing to work together on a 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 custom-built transformer will not be available for installation until the last week in August. Therefore, the college is planning to shut down its electrical grid for approximately 10 hours on Thursday, Aug. 28 (rain date: Friday, Aug. 29), beginning at 6 a.m. At that time, the college will revert to generator power.
As was the case during the July 3rd shutdown, air conditioning will not be operational during the outage. Some buildings will be powered by generators; those buildings without generator power will be closed.

Open / full power Limited power / Seek direction from the Office of Human Resources regarding working arrangements Closed / limited or no power
Browne Hall [residence] Adams Library Building 2
Building 1 Information Services Alger Hall Building 6
Building 3 Art Center Building 8
Building 4 Forman Center Building 10
Building 5 Gaige Hall Cooperative Preschool
Clarke Science Nazarian Center Murray Center
Craig-Lee Recreation Center Sherlock Center
Donovan Dining Center School of Social Work Student Union
Fogarty Life Science Sherlock Center Whipple Hall
Henry Barnard School++ Student Union Yellow Cottage
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.

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 in the weeks prior to the shutdown. Please note that the Help Desk 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 will be affected by the electrical disruption 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.

RELATED NOTIFICATION: The annual steam shutdown will begin Friday, Aug. 8, and is scheduled to conclude prior to the President’s Coffee Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 27. During this time, all campus buildings except those on East Campus will have no air conditioning and no 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 12, 2014