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Planned Power Outage on March 6 to Affect Nearly All IT Services and Systems

On Sunday, March 6, 2011 a planned power outage will take place in the Engineering and Computational Sciences Building to allow for a critical repair to the primary electrical switch in the building. This power outage will affect nearly all Information Technology services and systems.

To minimize the impact on the University community, the electrical work has been scheduled for the Sunday before the start of Spring Break. The power outage is scheduled to begin at 6:00 a.m., and services are expected to be restored no later than 4:00 p.m. The campus community should expect central computing services to be unavailable during that period.

A detailed list of services and availability can be found at http://occs.odu.edu/support/poweroutage/.

OCCS has taken steps to make some limited services available during the power outage. These services are listed below.

Campus users will be able to login to their desktop and use local resources (i.e.MS Office)

Campus users will be able to connect to the wired and wireless network only from the main campus buildings. Please note: the wired and wireless network in University Housing and the Higher Education Centers will not be available.

The campus telephone services (analog and VoIP) will be available.

Door access cards to campus buildings will operate normally.

The Emergency Alert System will be available

Cable TV will be available on campus and in University Housing

Webb Center and Library computer labs will be open for the normal schedule

OCCS Technical Support Center will only be available by phone at 757-683-3192

Please note that, during the outage, the following campus technologies will NOT be available:

Faculty/Staff Electronic Mail and Calendaring Services. Please note: Email sent to ODU during the power outage will not be lost.

Student Email

ODU Web Site (Outage announcement only)

Faculty Web Sites

myODU portal

Wired and Wireless Internet Services to Residence Halls

Wired and Wireless Internet Services to Higher Education Centers

Online Testing


Banner INB

Leo Online

Credit Card Processing

High Performance Computing


Virtual Private Network Access (VPN)

Access to network drives

Network Printing

Distance Learning Services

Monarch Cards - Debit Card

All other services, even if not listed above, that rely on the ODU network or use the University's central technology resources will be impacted.

The ODU website (www.odu.edu) will display an announcement on the unavailability of campus technology services.

This article was posted on: March 4, 2011

Old Dominion University
Office of University Relations

Room 100 Koch Hall Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0018
Telephone: 757-683-3114

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.