Power Outage Q&A
What happened today?
A power failure occurred in the southwest section of the University of Oregon campus. A series of malfunctions were reported from the underground tunnels that deliver utility services through the 295-acre campus. As a result, intermittent power outages occurred and some buildings continue to be without power.
No one was injured in the incident that resulted in visible smoke above ground and inside the University Health Center. The University Health Center was evacuated and a two-block section of Agate Street, from 13th to 15th Avenues, was closed for approximately two hours.
What is the university doing to fix the problem?
Campus Operations is working as quickly as possible to restore electricity to all affected buildings and many are back up and running at this time. However, several buildings are still without power, including many UO Housing residence and dining halls, including Carson Hall, Hamilton Hall, Bean Hall, Living Learning Center, Earl Hall and Walton Hall. University Housing is working with campus officials to restore power as quickly as possible.
For UO Housing residents
Is power going to be restored tonight?
Campus Operations is working as quickly as possible to safety restore power to all affected buildings. Residence hall students in the affected buildings will be provided with additional lighting assistance and increased campus safety presence this evening.
Can I sleep in my room tonight?
Yes. Arrangements have been made for students to shower at the Student Recreation Center until 11:30 p.m. tonight. The building will reopen at 6 a.m. tomorrow. IDs will be required as usual. Please bring own towels. In addition, flashlights are available and additional campus safety presence will be visible throughout campus.
How can I get a flashlight?
Flashlights are available beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Housing Service Center at Global Scholars Hall.
Are dining halls open tonight? Can I use my points?
Barnhart Dining located in Barnhart Hall and the Fresh Marketcafe located in the Global Scholars Hall will be open for regular dining hours tonight. Students will be able to use points or cash as normal.
How can I charge my mobile devices?
There will be a power charging station at the library at the Global Scholars Hall for all residents.
Who can I call if I have a question?
Check this site for additional updates. Students can contact the University Housing office until 7 p.m. at 541-346-4277 or the Housing Service Center at Global Scholars Hall at 541-346-9114.
What if I need special accommodations?
Students needing special accommodations should go to the Housing Service Center at Global Scholars Hall at 541-346-9114.
What about my evening class in the Living Learning Center?
Students enrolled in classes scheduled to take place at the LLC this evening should contact the professor for any updates.
Are there evening activities planned?
Additional student programming is planned tonight on campus, including a BCS championship game watch party at the Global Scholars Hall Great Room and Fresh Marketcafé. In addition, regularly scheduled activities are at the Student Recreation Center and Erb Memorial Union.