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October 26, 2012

Storm’s Impact, College’s Response: Update Monday, Nov. 5

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 9:43 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, by Frank Benginia, registrar. It was also sent to parents.

As you know, due to the loss of power and other hurricane-related issues, last week’s classes were cancelled.  The faculty has been asked to revise their course syllabi to accommodate class assignments and associated course work.

The following changes to the timing of registration and course withdrawal are being made as a result of the unusual conditions of last week.

Online Registration will be held at 7:00AM each day according to the following revised schedule:

Class of 2013    Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Class of 2014    Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Class of 2105    Thursday, November 15, 2012
Class of 2016    Friday, November 16, 2012

In addition, the deadline for course withdrawal will be extended to Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

The remainder of the academic calendar, the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Last Day of Classes, and the Final Examination Period will remain unchanged.

Again, thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these unusual circumstances.

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Friday, Nov. 2

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 4:21 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents.

I am pleased to inform the campus community that restoration of electric power to the campus began at approximately 3 p.m. today. Power is now being restored to residence halls, academic buildings, and other facilities affected by the outage. Please note:

  • It is likely that residence halls will experience brief interruptions in power as part of the process of re-energizing the campus. Do not be alarmed if this occurs.
  • Re-energizing will involve resetting some campus systems. This will be accomplished as quickly as possible, but may occur through tomorrow morning.
  • The College is assessing whether any campus systems or equipment are currently not functioning properly due to damage caused by the storm and/or outage. As problems are identified, they will be addressed expeditiously.
  • A small number of non-residential off-campus College-owned facilities remain without power at this time.

Please note also the following important information:

The normal work schedule for employees will resume beginning tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 3). If you are scheduled to work tomorrow, you should report.

Classes will resume on a normal schedule on Monday, Nov. 5. The Registrar has informed students that a revised schedule for spring-term course registration will be announced soon.

Bailey Health Center has operated as normal throughout the storm and outage and will continue to do so.

Food service will continue to be provided only in Marquis Hall today and on Saturday and Sunday, with continental breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. and continuous brunch/dinner service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The continental breakfast will continue to be served to all students, with or without meal plans, throughout the weekend, provided they present a valid Lafayette student ID. Normal operating hours for all dining locations are scheduled to resume on Monday, Nov. 5.

Normal operating hours for academic buildings, including Skillman Library, and the Williams Center for the Arts will resume tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 3).

On Saturday, Kirby Sports Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday, normal operating hours (10 a.m. to midnight) will resume. Any facility reservations made by student organizations (to use activity space in the facility) will be accommodated on Sunday.

Activities listed in email messages to students from Dean of Students Paul McLoughlin will be held as scheduled today, Saturday, and Sunday. The faculty discussion tomorrow on Hurricane Sandy will be held at 2 p.m. in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104. The discussion planned for Sunday is cancelled.

I am proud of the strength and resiliency our campus community demonstrated in these recent days, and I sincerely thank students, parents, faculty, and staff for coming together to respond so well to challenges in the aftermath of an historic storm that has caused disruption, hardship, and worse in the lives of millions of people.

As we move toward resuming normal operations here, grateful to have come through the storm and days following with no injuries and no major damage, we remain mindful of members of the Lafayette family in communities near and far who are continuing to experience hardship in the storm’s aftermath. We extend to all our concern and best wishes.

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The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 11:51 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents.

The latest information from our power supplier indicates that crews are at work to restore power in Easton, which includes the College. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Thursday, Nov. 1

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 12:58 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents.

With a power outage still affecting much of our campus, the Incident Action Group continues to monitor and respond to the situation around the clock.

We remain in constant contact with our power supplier and are doing what we can to bring about a restoration of electric power. As was the case yesterday, the most current information we have obtained indicates that it still may be several days before power is restored to campus. Many thousands of homes, businesses, and institutions throughout the Lehigh Valley and wider region also remain without power at this writing.

The College announced yesterday that all classes are cancelled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2, in order to allow students to make plans to go home if they wish to do so. Students who have a safe method of travel were encouraged to go home, to inform their parents of their plans, and to travel with caution.

I remind the many students who are remaining on campus to register with the Office of Residence Life or their Resident Adviser if they have not yet done so.

Only employees whose positions are designated as essential are required to report to work tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 2. As we announced yesterday, only essential personnel are required to report today.

A revised schedule for spring-term course registration will be announced. The Provost, Dean of the College, and Registrar are working with faculty in planning adjustments to the class schedule as necessary. Decisions will depend on when power is restored. Details will be announced.

I emphasize again that the safety of the campus community is the College’s top priority. We remind students to continue to use caution when moving about the campus. While the storm did not result in any electric power lines down on the campus, tree branches and other debris are still being cleaned up.

Professional and student staff members in the Office of Residence Life are keeping students informed about procedures and supplies designed to improve safety, security, and comfort during the outage. This includes regular updates about plans for student activities on campus, facilities that are available for student use (including charging stations for cell phones and other electronics), and schedules for student services, including dining services, the LCAT shuttle bus, the College post office, etc.

Students are reminded of the following:

  • The College’s Code of Conduct prohibits the use of lighted candles. Please consult with Residence Life staff about the availability of flashlights.
  • Share information with parents.
  • In the event of an emergency, notify the Office of Public Safety at x5330 or x4444.

Essential campus operations have functioned without interruption during and after the storm and will continue throughout the power outage.

  •  Food service in Marquis Hall includes continental breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. and continuous service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This schedule will be in effect until further notice. Because of the extraordinary circumstances, students with and without meal plans are invited to take meals, provided they present a valid Lafayette student ID during the outage.
  • The Office of Public Safety is operating with increased staffing.
  • Health Services and Counseling Services are operating as normal at Bailey Health Center.
  • Residence halls are secure, and generators are supplying emergency power.

We will keep the campus community updated via campus email and the Lafayette website. Emergency notifications, if they are warranted, will be issued through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

Once again I encourage all students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so to sign up for the Lafayette e2Campus Emergency Alert Service. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

Thank you.

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The following message was sent by email to students on Thursday, Nov. 1, by Paul J. McLoughlin II, dean of students. It was also sent to parents.

Dear Students,

Earlier this afternoon, President Weiss communicated detailed information about the continued power outage at the College and its implications on academic coursework, safety, housing, and food. Please refer to that email for more information on these items.

In addition to the schedule of activities about which I wrote to you yesterday, here are additional programming notes for the next several days:

TONIGHT (THURSDAY):

In the Fleck wing of the Marquis Dining Hall, we will be screening the comedy film, The Campaign (starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis), at 9pm this evening. RA’s and members of LAF will be organizing board game tables in the large Marquis Dining Hall, also beginning at 9pm. Freshly popped popcorn and fountain soda will be provided.

FRIDAY:

From 9:30am – 11am, meeting at the steps of the Farinon Student Center, Campus Life and Plant Operations will sponsor a post-Hurricane Sandy Clean-up. There will be many opportunities to contribute to the storm clean-up, from picking up small tree limbs to collecting trash debris from the storm. Gloves, trash bags, rakes, and instructions provided by our Grounds Crew. No experience is necessary.

At 12pm, top-seeded Lafayette field hockey will be playing their opening semi-final game against fourth-seeded Colgate in the 2012 Patriot League Field Hockey Championship Tournament at Metzger fields. Shuttles will be operating from campus beginning at 11am to transport student fans from Williams Art Center to Metzger Fields and will run continuously until 3:30pm.

From 8pm – 10:30pm, in Marquis Dining Hall, LAF presents Trivia w/Steven Bost (from The Bethlehem Brewworks and Bethlehem Steel Stacks). Form teams of up to 5 people to compete. The top three teams will leave with great prizes, but no one will leave empty handed! All who participate will receive raffle tickets for a chance to win “Survival Prizes” such as flashlights, Wawa Gift Cards, and more! Trivia will begin at 8:30pm, so get there early to sign up for your chance to win. Faculty and staff are also being invited to join in the fun and compete for prizes. Also enjoy an ice cream sundae bar, salty snacks and hot cocoa!

SATURDAY:

The winners of each of the two Friday semifinals of the 2012 Patriot League Field Hockey Championship Tournament will compete in the championship game scheduled for 3 p.m.

In addition, at 4pm, Lafayette Men’s Soccer will be competing against Bucknell.

Shuttles will begin at 2pm on Saturday in time to transport student fans to the field hockey tournament game and will run continuously until 7:30pm.

Afternoon – Faculty-led conversation titled, Hurricane Sandy: What Contributed to the Devastating Effects?  Location: TBA in an email tomorrow.

From 10pm – midnight, again in generator-powered Marquis, LAF presents CrazyBob’s Electronic Dance Giveaway. This event will be nothing short of “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”…let yourself go, relieve your stress and take yourself back to a more fun time. As one college student put it, “This is like an elementary school dance on steroids.” Warning to all who enter, come with the intention of having fun. Did we mention this is an event with TONS OF GIVEAWAYS!?! Over $1,000 in prizes with the grand prize: A NEW iPad!! (must be in the door by 10:30pm for a chance to win the iPad). Faculty and staff are invited to join in the fun. Also enjoy everyone’s favorite nachos to top off a great evening!

SUNDAY:

Afternoon – Faculty-led conversation titled, Hurricane Sandy: What Contributed to the Devastating Effects? Location: TBA.

OTHER INFORMATION:

As you know, Plant Operations staff have been working tirelessly to monitor and maintain heat and hot water service to the extent possible in the residence halls without power. We are aware that areas are feeling colder today than yesterday. The available back up systems will warm the buildings but may not reach the temperature to which you are accustomed.

In the meantime, if you would like extra blankets, you can sign one out from residence life staff in Marquis Hall tonight between 9pm and midnight. If you are uncomfortable and would prefer to temporarily relocate into a building with a warmer temperature, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 610-330-5335.

To help you move about campus, the College has a supply of flashlights that can be signed out from Public Safety.

Thank you for your responsible behavior during the evening hours last night. I am happy to report that no student utilized emergency services. Please continue to use good judgment, to make responsible choices, and remember that all of the College’s policies remain in effect during this extraordinary time.

We thank you for your continued patience and hope that this schedule of impromptu activities helps make the next few days a little more tolerable.

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Wednesday, Oct. 31

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents.

The College has weathered the historic storm with no injuries or major damage. However, the College has been in constant communication with our power supplier, and the most current information we have obtained indicates that electric power may not be restored to campus for several days.

In anticipation of a prolonged power outage and to allow students to make plans to go home if they wish to do so, the College is announcing now that it is cancelling all classes for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2.

Students who have a safe method of travel home are encouraged to do so. If you plan to go home, please inform your parents and please travel with caution. Students remaining on campus are welcome to do so, and must register with the Office of Residence Life or their Resident Adviser.

On Thursday, only those employees whose positions are designated as essential should report to work. The College will announce on Thursday whether normal hours for staff will be in effect on Friday.

I would like to emphasize again that the safety of the campus community is the College’s top priority. Essential campus operations have functioned without interruption during the storm and will continue throughout the power outage:

  • The Office of Public Safety will continue operating with increased staffing.
  • Health Services and Counseling Services will operate as normal at Bailey Health Center.
  • Residence halls are secure, and generators are supplying emergency power.
  • Professional and student staff members in the Office of Residence Life are keeping students informed about procedures and supplies designed to improve safety, security, and comfort during the outage.
  • Dining Services will continue providing meals for students, and there is no shortage of food and water. Today, food service in Marquis Hall is continuous from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beginning tomorrow, and until further notice, food service will include continental breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. and continuous brunch and dinner service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The LCAT shuttle service will operate on a limited, modified schedule.
  • Follow-up communications will be issued to students about the LCAT schedule and to provide details on numerous activities being scheduled on campus.
  • Farinon College Center and Kirby Sports Center will be open with natural light from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for activities. This schedule will be in effect until further notice.
  • Cell phones and other electronics may be charged in Marquis Hall and Kirby Sports Center.

The Incident Action Group continues to monitor and respond to the situation around the clock. We will keep the campus community updated via campus email and the Lafayette website. Emergency notifications, if they are warranted, will be issued through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

We remind students of the following:

  • Continue to use caution when moving about the campus.
  • Share information with parents.
  • In the event of an emergency, notify the Office of Public Safety at x5330 or x4444.

Here on campus our College community continues to demonstrate strength and resiliency in a difficult situation. I would like to convey our thoughts and concerns for those members of the Lafayette family who reside in areas that were hit harder by this devastating storm and are experiencing significant hardship in its aftermath.

Once again I encourage all students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so to sign up for the Lafayette e2Campus Emergency Alert Service. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

Thank you.

The following message was sent by email to students on Wednesday, Oct. 31, by Paul J. McLoughlin II, dean of students. It was also sent to parents.

Dear Students,

By now, you are aware that classes have been canceled for the rest of this week. I am writing to update on you several activities that are planned for those who are choosing to remain on campus during the next several days.

Provided that power is not restored to campus, here the schedule of activities:

TONIGHT: We will screen another movie tonight in Marquis, snacks and soda will be provided. Showtime will again be at 9pm. Board games will also be available.

Thursday and Friday: Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30am until 10am in Marquis Faculty Dining Hall. Continuous meal service will then operate from 11am until 7pm, in Marquis Dining Hall. Because of the extraordinary circumstances and implications of this storm, students with and without meal plans are invited to take meals at these locations, provided they present a valid Lafayette College student ID.

Thursday and Friday: Kirby Fitness Center will be open between 10am and 5pm., utilizing natural light and some power to the facility. In addition, the climbing wall will be open between 1-4pm and spinning classes will be held at 2pm on both days. A body sculpt class will be held at noon on Thursday. A billiard, basketball, and ping-pong tournament will run from 2pm until 4:30pm on Friday, with prizes awarded. There is no need to register for the tournament. (APK is not equipped to serve as a charging station, unfortunately.)

Thursday and Friday: The Farinon Post Office in will be open between 9am – 1pm for mail to distribute mail and packages. In addition, the Post Office mailbox in front of Markle Hall continues with uninterrupted service by the U.S. Postal Service.

Thursday: The LCAT shuttle will operate on a weekday schedule; however, the service will also include service to destinations on Rt. 248, including Walmart, Target, the Regal Cinemas, grocery stores, Starbucks, and area restaurants.

Friday: We are working to organize a campus-wide clean-up with Plant Operations, starting at 10am on Friday. This clean-up would involve picking up branches and other debris left by the storm. I will write with more details tomorrow (Thursday) once we finalize our plans. Stay tuned.

The Residence Life Office has been temporarily relocated to Marquis Hall, Room 40 and are available to assist students.  The office is operating from 9am to 5pm both Thursday and Friday. RA Duty Schedules are posted should you need assistance after these hours.

Finally, utilizing lifesaving emergency services (e.g. ambulances and hospital beds) for the irresponsible use of alcohol is deplorable – indeed unethical – when those critical services are needed for legitimate and unavoidable emergencies within our community. Unfortunately, a few of our students have required the use of these emergency services during the last two days, which have both burdened our emergency personnel and reflected poorly on the College. Please be advised College policies remain in effect and students will be held responsible for violations to the Student Handbook.

The staff in the College (please continue to thank them for their heroic efforts) are working hard to make your time on campus this week as pleasant as possible. We know that the circumstances are less than ideal but we hope you’ll consider joining in these activities we have planned for tonight, tomorrow and Friday. We appreciate your continued patience and good spirits!

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Tuesday, Oct. 30

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents.

I am pleased to report that the College has weathered the brunt of the extraordinary storm safely, with no injuries or major damage reported. However, the power outage that began yesterday afternoon continues to affect most of the campus.

In light of uncertainty with respect to when power will be restored on campus, all classes will be cancelled tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 31), and only those employees whose positions are designated as essential should report to work.

The Incident Action Group is continuing to monitor and respond to the situation around the clock and is making every effort to gather information as to when we may expect power to be restored. Based on the information we are able to gather, the College will announce by 2 p.m. tomorrow whether classes will be held on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2.

As always, the safety of the campus community is the College’s top priority. We urge students to continue to use caution. Weather forecasts indicate that renewed high winds and rain can be expected beginning later this afternoon.

There has been no interruption in essential campus operations, which are continuing to function in accordance with our planning prior to the outage. The Office of Public Safety has increased staffing on campus. Bailey Health Center is operating as normal. Dining Services is providing meals for students, and there is no shortage of food and water. As announced yesterday, dining hours today will be continuous from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Marquis Hall. Cell phones and other devices also may be charged in Marquis Hall.

Marquis Hall will be open tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight as a gathering place for students. [Note: It was later announced that activities at Marquis would include movies and games.] Tomorrow, Kirby Sports Center is scheduled to be open, with limited services, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cell phones and other electronics may be charged in both of these locations.

Residence halls are secure and have generators supplying emergency power. Our Residence Life staff is keeping students informed about procedures and supplies designed to improve safety, security, and comfort during the outage.

The Incident Action Group is continuing to work in cooperation with officials of the City of Easton on all aspects of planning with respect to the storm’s effects. We will continue to keep the campus community updated via campus email and the Lafayette website. The College will issue emergency notifications, if they are warranted, through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

Some reminders for students:

  •  In the event of an emergency, notify the Office of Public Safety at x5330 or x4444.
  • The LCAT shuttle service will not operate when campus offices are closed. We strongly advise avoiding the risk of travel in hazardous conditions.
  • Share information with your parents and encourage them to monitor the Lafayette website for updates.

I encourage all students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so to sign up for the Lafayette e2Campus Emergency Alert Service. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

Thank you.

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Monday, Oct. 29

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 6:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents. Updates will be posted as warranted.

I am writing to provide an update on conditions at Lafayette resulting from Hurricane Sandy. As I’m sure you know, the powerful storm has caused power outages in many areas, and this now includes much of our campus.

In this situation, as always, the safety of the campus community is the College’s top priority. The Incident Action Group, which includes leaders from various areas within the administration, is working in cooperation with officials of the City of Easton on all aspects of planning with respect to the storm’s effects. The Office of Public Safety has increased staffing on campus.

While conditions resulting from the storm promise to cause some disruption to normal routines, essential campus operations are continuing to function in accordance with our planning prior to the outage. Dining Services is providing meals for students, and there is no shortage of food and water. Tomorrow, dining hours will be continuous from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Marquis Hall. Cell phones and other devices also may be charged in Marquis Hall.

Bailey Health Center is operating as normal. Residence halls are secure and have generators providing emergency power. Our Residence Life staff is keeping students informed about procedures and supplies designed to improve safety, security, and comfort during the outage.

As a reminder, all classes will be cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30), and only those employees whose positions are designated as essential should report to work.

The Incident Action Group will continue to monitor the situation and will keep the campus community updated via campus email and the Lafayette website. The College will issue emergency notifications, if they are warranted, through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

Some reminders for students:

  •  In the event of an emergency, notify the Office of Public Safety at x5330 or x4444.
  • The LCAT shuttle service will not operate when campus offices are closed. We strongly advise avoiding the risk of travel in hazardous conditions.
  • Share information with your parents and encourage them to monitor the Lafayette website for updates.
  • When severe weather abates, perhaps as soon as tomorrow evening, Kirby Sports Center will reopen for activities.

I encourage all students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so to sign up for the Lafayette e2Campus Emergency Alert Service. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

Thank you.

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The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 1:16 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, by President Daniel H. Weiss. It was also sent to parents. Updates will be posted as warranted.

The Incident Action Group is continuing to monitor Hurricane Sandy, and the College is taking precautions in light of the severe weather that is forecast for our region. In this situation, as always, the safety of the campus community is the College’s top priority.

All classes will be cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30), and only those employees whose positions are designated as essential should report to work. As we reported yesterday, all classes are cancelled for today, and only essential personnel are required to report. (An explanation of the College’s inclement weather policy is here.)

We strongly encourage students to remain indoors during periods of high wind or heavy rains, which have the potential to cause risks of various kinds, including downed tree limbs and power lines.

As noted previously, plans and systems are in place to maintain essential campus functions during the storm. Bailey Health Center will continue operating as normal, food service will continue to be provided in Marquis Hall, Farinon Student Restaurant, and Farinon Food Court; and the campus will continue to be supported by the Office of Public Safety, Residence Life, and other offices.

Today, dining service is scheduled to be offered during normal hours in Marquis Hall, Farinon Student Restaurant, and Farinon Food Court. In the event a significant power outage occurs today, service will be in Marquis Hall only. Tomorrow, dining hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If there is an outage, service will be in Marquis Hall only.

If the campus experiences a power outage, students will be informed by Residence Life staff and via email and the web about procedures and supplies designed to improve safety, security, and comfort during the outage. Emergency notifications, if they are warranted, will be issued through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

When severe weather abates, perhaps as soon as tomorrow evening, Kirby Sports Center will reopen for activities.

Students may also wish to consider the following:

  • Make sure that your cell phones and other electronics are fully charged. If you have a flashlight, make sure it is accessible and batteries are working.
  • In the event of a power outage, cell phones and other devices may be charged in Marquis Hall, Pfenning Alumni Center, and Kamine Gym.
  • In the event of an emergency, notify the Office of Public Safety at x5330 or x4444.
  • The LCAT shuttle service will not operate when campus offices are closed. We strongly advise avoiding the risk of travel in hazardous conditions.
  • Share information with your parents and encourage them to monitor the Lafayette website for updates.

Situations like this remind us of the strength of the Lafayette community. The Incident Action Group will continue to monitor the storm and its impact and will keep the campus community updated via campus email and the Lafayette website.

Again, emergency notifications, if warranted, will be issued through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service. I urge all students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so to sign up for the Emergency Alert Service. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

Thank you.

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Sunday, Oct. 28

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 6:43 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, by Wendy L. Hill, provost and dean of the faculty, and Mitchell L. Wein, vice president for finance and administration. It was also sent to parents. Updates will be posted as warranted.

The Incident Action Group is continuing to monitor Hurricane Sandy, and the College is taking precautions in light of the severe weather that is forecast for our region. In this situation, as always, the safety of the campus community is the College’s top priority.

Plans and systems are in place to maintain essential campus functions during the storm. Bailey Health Center will continue operating as normal, food service will continue to be provided in Marquis Hall, Farinon Dining Room, and Farinon Food Court; and the campus will continue to be supported by the Office of Public Safety, Residence Life, and other offices.

All classes at Lafayette have been cancelled for tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 29. On Monday only those employees whose positions are designated as essential should report to work. (An explanation of the College’s inclement weather policy is here.) A decision will be made tomorrow as to whether the class schedule and/or normal operating hours will be modified for Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the campus community will be informed.

Students are strongly encouraged to remain inside during periods of high wind or heavy rain. If the campus experiences a power outage, students will be informed by Residence Life staff and via email and the web about emergency procedures and supplies designed to improve safety, security, and comfort during the outage.

Students may also wish to consider the following:

  • Make sure that your cell phones and other electronics are fully charged. If you have a flashlight, make sure it is accessible and batteries are working.
  • In the event of a power outage, cell phones and other devices may be charged in Marquis Hall, Pfenning Alumni Center, and Kamine Gym.
  • We strongly advise avoiding the risk of travel in hazardous conditions.
  • In the event of an emergency, notify the Office of Public Safety at x5330 or x4444.
  • Share information with your parents and encourage them to monitor the Lafayette website for updates.

The Incident Action Group will continue to monitor the storm and its impact and will keep the campus community updated via campus email, and the Lafayette website. Emergency notifications, if they are warranted, will be issued through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

All students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so are once again encouraged to sign up for the Emergency Alert Service. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

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Friday, Oct. 26

The following message was sent by email to the campus community at 2:11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, by Mitchell L. Wein, vice president for finance and administration. It was also sent to parents. Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

Forecasts indicate that the Easton area and the broader region may experience severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy within the next several days.

The Incident Action Group, including leaders from various areas within the College’s administration, will meet to review contingency plans covering a range of possibilities related to uncertain conditions that may occur because of the storm.

The College will keep the campus community updated, as conditions warrant, via: 1) campus email, and 2) the Lafayette website. The College will also issue emergency notifications, if they are warranted, through the e2Campus Emergency Alert Service.

All members of the campus community are reminded that the Lafayette e2Campus Emergency Alert Service enables students, faculty, staff, and parents to receive text alerts on their cell phonesand by emailin the event of an emergency on or near campus.

The service permits the Office of Public Safety and other administrators to send a brief alert via text message and email to members of the campus community who have signed up to receive these alerts.

All students, faculty, staff, and parents who have not already done so are encouraged to sign up for the Emergency Alert Service. The process is easy and quick. You may access instructions and frequently asked questions on the Public Safety website.

If you signed up for the Emergency Alert Service but have since changed your cell phone service provider and/or cell phone number, you may need to update your Emergency Alert Service account information.

Please note:

  • Students, faculty, staff, and parents must sign up for the Emergency Alert Service to receive alerts;
  • Use of the system is reserved for crisis situations that involve imminent danger or events that impact a significant portion of the campus population;
  • When the system is used, an alert will be sent simultaneously to all students, faculty, and staff who have signed up; and,
  • Cell phone numbers gathered through this process will be used only for emergency-notification purposes and will remain securely stored.

The College’s siren and public address system acts in tandem with the Emergency Alert Service.  The system allows a siren to be sounded and voice messages (both live and pre-recorded) to be broadcast in the event of an emergency on or near campus. The siren/P.A. system is used to notify the campus community that an emergency exists and that people should check for e2Campus Emergency Alert Service text and email messages containing more information about the situation. You may familiarize yourself with the distinctive “high-low” tone of the siren on the Public Safety website.

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