Planned Electrical Power Shutdown May 2020

Planned Electrical Power Shutdown May 2020

Dear Drew community,

As you will recall, the first phase of the campus electrical power upgrade was successfully completed in August 2019. Facilities must complete the next phase of the campus’ main transformer and 5kV high voltage electric switchgear retrofit project. As with the August work, all electrical power on the campus grid must be off so this second phase can be done safely and effectively.

The phase two upgrade is scheduled from 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020, through 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. During this time, the campus will be closed to all non-essential personnel.

There is no ideal time to schedule this work because campus is busy throughout the entire year. We’ve chosen this particular week taking all the uses of campus into consideration. We are sharing this timing information early so all members of the Drew community can plan ahead.

All Drew network systems will be remotely accessible during the power shutdown, and everyone will be asked to continue their work remotely during this time. Faculty will be able to submit grades electronically, just as they normally do. Staff will also be asked to work during the power shutdown. Department managers will survey all staff to determine ability to work remotely. If staff is unable to work remotely, alternate arrangements will be provided. Managers will also work with nine-month employees to determine how best to finish their spring semester projects. Department managers, please submit your completed online survey using this form by Friday, December 20.

For those who hire student workers for the summer, please plan on Monday, May 18 as their start date. Student workers should not be scheduled to work the week of May 11. 

In the event of rain predicted for two or more days during the May shutdown period, the work will be rescheduled for the rain dates of Thursday, August 6 at 5 p.m. through Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. and the campus will open as usual the second week of May. This determination will be made as early as possible once we are able to see a weather forecast for the May dates.

We recognize that this is an inconvenience and we thank you in advance for your cooperation with this necessary upgrade.

Additional details will be provided closer to the power shutdown. This information and future updates will be available on this webpage for your reference, which also features a series of FAQ. Please direct any questions related to the planned electrical power shutdown to Facilities at Specific questions regarding personal work situations should be directed to your manager or the appropriate dean’s office, while technology-related concerns can be addressed to

MaryAnn Baenninger, President

Frequently Asked Questions

Power Shutdown Remote Access Survey


Managers: Please complete ALL fields. All departmental employees should be accounted for between boxes 1 through 4. Divisional Cabinet member will review submissions.

Essential employees work for the following departments and are the only employees permitted to work on campus during the power shutdown, unless prior arrangements are made with Facilities: International Student Services, Facilities, Food Services (Aramark), Public Safety, Residence Life and University Technology.