Early-Morning Power Outage Disrupts Classes at WSUOGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is returning to normal after a power outage Thursday morning forced the cancellation of some classes on the Ogden campus.
The campus lost power after a switch on the university's main electrical system blew at approximately 6:15 a.m. Utah Power helped university officials determine the source of the outage and members of the campus electrical shop worked to bypass the switch, located in an underground tunnel that connects Buildings 2 and 3.
Tom Van Cleave, director of Plant Operations, said the exact cause of the switch malfunction had not yet been determined, but water from Thursday's storm might have been a factor.
"The timing of the outage was challenging," said university spokesperson John Kowalewski. "To have a power outage occur an hour before classes started, when people are already on their way to campus, creates headaches for both our students and staff."
Initial estimates on how long it would take to correct the problem prompted university administrators to cancel daytime classes on the Ogden campus. Thanks to the quick work of campus electricians, power was restored to most of the campus by 10 a.m. Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 remained without power because of the damaged switch. Officials hoped to have those buildings back on line before Friday's classes.
All Thursday evening classes were expected to be held as scheduled. Courses that regularly meet in Buildings 1-4 might be relocated to other sites on campus if power is not restored in time.
The disruption on the Ogden campus did not affect courses at Weber State University Davis campus, or other WSU satellite centers.
Friday is the last day of classes for fall semester. Finals begin on Saturday and continue through next Thursday.