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Southeast answers student questions after power outage displaces dozens of students

Dearmont Hall (Source: Southeast Missouri State University) Dearmont Hall (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)

A power outage at Southeast Missouri State University is displacing dozens of students and its impact may be felt for some time.

The outage occurred on Monday, August 29 and is displacing 51 students in the Dearmont residence hall (B wing).

Students received a letter alerting them of the issue:

According to the university, the unusually hot weather added to the electrical load of the campus.

“This is obviously a very regrettable situation, and the University apologizes for the inconvenience it is causing students as the fall semester gets underway,” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students. 

“Our utmost priority to provide comfortable and safe living accommodations for students, and our Residence Life staff is working with each affected student individually to provide a variety of housing options and to assist them in the relocation process.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the University’s Facilities Management department, with the assistance of the general works electrical contractor, KT Power of Cape Girardeau, inspected the electrical system, including parts of the building not directly impacted by this outage.

The electrical systems on wings A and D were previously upgraded and are not affected by the outage. The University is also monitoring electrical usage for students living in C-wing. As a precaution, these students are being asked to voluntarily reduce their electrical usage until further assessments of the situation are made, according to Below.

It has been determined that extensive repairs to the electrical system are necessary before students can return to their rooms in B-wing, Below said. 

Repairs are expected to last anywhere from 14 to 16 weeks. The university is offering several options for students affected.

Options include:

  • Remain in the Dearmont residence hall at a reduced cost
  • Relocate to another residence hall with a roommate
  • Dearmont residents who meet the residency release requirements may cancel room and board contracts without financial penalty.

The university also released the following Q&A for Dearmont students:

Students needing assistance are asked to contact staff in the Dearmont Hall Director Office or to call the Office of Residence at 573-651-2274.

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