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REF NO.: 217

SUBJECT: Planned power outage on Memorial’s St. John’s campus this weekend

DATE: July 5

Memorial University’s Facilities Management is planning for major infrastructure upgrades to the main campus electrical systems which will require a campus-wide electrical outage spanning five days, Friday, July 6, 6 p.m., to Tuesday, July 10, 5 a.m.
The outage is required to enable the replacement of several power distribution cables. A number of buildings on campus have backup power systems which will be used to maintain critical systems in those facilities. Other stakeholder needs have been identified and localized emergency power has been arranged for those areas. This outage will not affect the Health Sciences Centre.
Classes for Monday, July 9, have been cancelled and students scheduled to write exams during the power outage have been relocated. Individuals affected by building closures or partial building closures during the outage have been notified.
University community members will have access to their Memorial email accounts via handheld devices as well as their home computers. However, most remote access to users’ files will be unavailable, except for those users with access to a virtual private network.
Further information and ongoing updates will continue to be available at

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For more information, please contact Paula Dyke at or (709) 864-8665 or (709) 685-3824.
• Interior and exterior building lighting and street lights on the St. John’s campus will be off during the planned outage.
• The Paton College and Burton’s Pond residence complex will be on emergency power systems but will have partial power sufficient to allow the buildings to be occupied and used. Paton College will have emergency power to the Main Dining Hall and Barnes, Rothmere, Burke and Squires Houses. Doyle, Bowater, Blackhall, Curtis and Hatcher Houses will be closed. All occupied buildings in Burton’s Pond (Guy, Gilbert, Cartier and Baltimore) will have full power.
• All classes scheduled for Monday, July 9, have been cancelled.
• The previously scheduled drop date of Monday, July 9, for a 25 per cent tuition refund for undergraduate summer session courses has been moved to Tuesday, July 10.
• Previously scheduled distance exams scheduled on Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, will be relocated to the Health Sciences Centre. This relocation will affect distance exams scheduled for the St. John’s campus only. Other exam locations will not be affected. Students scheduled to write distance exams at the St. John’s campus can view new exam locations in Memorial Self Service (under the distance education menu) and within Desire2Learn on individual course homepages.


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