Friday Storm Update: Plan for Reopening Campus
Drew University will resume classes and normal operations on Monday, November 5.
Undergraduate students may return to their residence halls beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. For reasons of safety and security, students should not return before this time. Those who do will be directed to public shelters in the area.
During the storm, a tree fell on and destroyed the transformer that supplies power to Foster Hall. As a result, residents of Foster must be relocated on Sunday to temporary housing in Welch Hall. Affected students should check in at the Residence Life office in Hurst Hall to receive their new room assignment and key. Access to Foster will be during daylight hours only. Residents will need to complete their move by 5:00 p.m. and are advised to bring flashlights, if possible.
Carriage, Madison and Alumni Houses are on a different power grid than the main campus and are still awaiting restoration of service. Employees who work in these buildings should check the DUSC line (ext. 3872) before coming to work on Monday. A message will be posted there if power has NOT been restored by then.
Drew internet and email services have been restored.
Dining Services will resume normal operations in the Commons beginning with dinner on Sunday, November 4. The food court in the Ehinger Center will reopen on Monday.
The registrar is in the process of revising the fall academic calendar to make up the lost class days. The end of the semester will be extended. The revised calendar will be communicated by Wednesday.
For students and parents who will be traveling to campus from outside the immediate area, you’re advised to fuel your car before leaving home. Because of the storm, only a limited number of service stations are open and those that are have very long lines. This situation should improve in the coming days but gassing up may still be a challenge.
Also be advised that cell phone service has been impacted by the storm. Officials estimate that as many as a quarter of the towers were damaged and/or are without power. That has made it difficult to communicate via cell phone. Campus land lines are functioning normally.