Thursday January 18: Weather Alert

Oglethorpe University will resume all department services and all activities beginning at 1:00 pm Thursday, January 18. The first classes of the day will be those with 1:00 pm regular start times. Employees and students are urged to travel only if safe conditions exist along their particular routes to campus, and to use caution and allow additional travel time as appropriate. Commuter students will not be penalized if they feel that it is unsafe to travel. Please consult your faculty members if you have any questions.
Brunch opens at 10:30.

Wednesday, January 17: Weather Alert

UPDATE: All university classes and events are cancelled today and tonight due to weather conditions. Essential staff will remain on campus to provide usual services for residents.

6:30 am: Campus is open but faculty has been instructed to contact their classes if they are to be cancelled. Likewise, some students live close to campus and others do not. We want people being safe first.  Be in communication with your professors and check your email or MOOLE for a message.

Campus Dining with will be weekend hours (brunch dining).

Campus Update: September 12 1:00 PM

Evening classes will resume at 6:00 pm TONIGHT. If you are unable to make it to campus, please contact your professor to make alternate arrangements. 

Power is restored to the front of campus, but the TLCC and all residence halls (except for Traer and Greek Row) are without power.  Georgia Power is working on it but we have no timeline yet from them regarding repair.  Our facilities team is busy clearing paths and addressing issues from the storm.

The library’s 24-hour room is open and a good place for residential students to charge their Petrel Pass, devices, and study. The entire library will open for study today from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

For students without hot water who want to take showers, we will have limited locker rooms open at Schmidt/Dorough from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Meal service continues today with brunch going until 1:30 pm, limited items from 1:30-5:00 pm and dinner service from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the TLCC.

Classes resume at 6:00 pm tonight.  Dining services will resume normal schedule tomorrow morning at 7:30 am for opening.

For residential students who parked in a central lot, please remember to move your car back to your designated lots in the morning.

Thank you for everyone’s patience and for working together through this storm!

 

Classes & activities cancelled for Monday, September 11

Governor Deal has issued a state of emergency for all of Georgia and our campus is under a tropical storm warning. As weather conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day tomorrow, we are cancelling all classes and activities for Monday, September 11. Essential employees have already been notified and arrangements made to report. All other faculty and staff should remain safely at home.

For students choosing to remain on campus, please refer to our previous post for preparation instructions. Food will be served in the dining hall from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Our emergency response team will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day tomorrow for a decision about Tuesday.

Status Update

The latest projections from the National Hurricane Center have the remnants of Hurricane Irma passing through our area Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Heavy rain and winds are expected. Our campus and the surrounding areas are very susceptible to power outages during storms and we are preparing for the likelihood that we could lose power for a significant period of time.

At this time, all weekend activities and Monday classes are continuing as planned. The university is well-prepared for a significant weather event and is monitoring the track of the storm closely. We do understand that some students may prefer to travel home to be with their families this weekend and commuter students may have concerns about traveling late on Monday. In the event that you cannot return to class on Monday or Tuesday, please consult your class syllabi for attendance policies and communicate with your professors to make appropriate arrangements.

If the university decides to cancel or delay classes, you will be notified via email and OU Alerts (email, phone and text).

To prepare for the storm, we encourage you to do the following this weekend:

  • Update your contact numbers in the OU Alert system. You may also add your parent’s numbers if they want to receive this information.  https://safety.oglethorpe.edu/emergency-preparedness/
  • Download the Outlook app to ensure email access from your phone.
  • Charge all of your devices and consider purchasing portable USB battery chargers.
  • Have flashlights with fresh batteries on hand.
  • Fill the gas tanks of your vehicles and park them in central lots on campus away from potential falling trees. Enforcement of parking zones will be suspended during this time.
  • Discard potentially perishable food items from refrigerators.
  • If you require prescription medications, be sure that you have an adequate supply on hand.

During the storm:

  • If weather conditions deteriorate, we encourage all students to shelter in place either in their residence hall or in the Turner Lynch Campus Center.
  • There is always the possibility of tornadoes. In the event a tornado warning is issued, the university will notify you via OU Alerts. Seek shelter in the center of a windowless room on the lowest floor of your building.
  • Avoid the use of elevators. If we lose power, you will be stranded and emergency personnel may not be able to respond quickly.
  • Campus safety, residence life, dining services and maintenance staff will remain on campus for the duration of the storm.

In the event of a temporary power loss:

  • The Turner Lynch Campus Center will become the main gathering point for students and staff.  Meal service, water, emergency lighting and other services will be provided.
  • Students may relocate to the TLCC overnight. If you choose to do so, please bring bed linens and other necessities with you.
  • The gate to the side entrance of the university will be closed and the front gate will become the only entrance/exit.
  • Remember that candles and open flames of any type are prohibited and particularly dangerous.

 

We recognize that this storm is impacting family and friends of our community.  Please reach out to me or other members of our staff for support.

Updates will be provided via email, OU Alerts and on the website at https://weather.oglethorpe.edu/