A planned electrical power outage at Illinois State University is scheduled for late Friday night and Saturday morning

The outage, which will affect a “large portion” of the campus, will run from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, according to an announcement by the university.

The outage is designed to allow Ameren crews a chance to replace “criticial electrical equipment near campus.” The repair is related to damaged equipment that sparked an unplanned campus-wide power outage on June 5.

The repairs have been scheduled during overnight hours to minimize disruption to campus operations, according to the university.

“Measures are being taken to ensure the safety and security of people and facilities and the continuity of operations during the outage. Backup generators will supply power to some locations on campus and will allow campus data centers to operate as normal. Campus telephone service may be limited during the power outage,” the university said in making the announcement.

Illinois State University Police Department personnel and private security personnel will continue their normal campus patrols.

University personnel are encouraged to plan ahead for computer lab equipment or other electricity-dependent devices, like refrigerators. Personnel are also encouraged to not use elevators during the outage, including those that may be driven by backup generators.

Questions or concerns during the planned outage can be directed to (309) 438-5656. Prior to Friday evening, questions regarding the planned power outage can be directed to (309) 438-5226

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