Classes canceled Friday, faculty and staff should stay away from campus

October 10, 2019



Dear faculty, staff and students,

We are writing to provide an update on the PG&E power outage and share our timeline for resuming campus operations. 

Unfortunately, all classes are canceled for Friday. Unless instructed by your supervisor, faculty and staff should continue to stay away from the main campus until further notice. Buildings on the main campus will remain locked. 

Staff who work in buildings that don’t rely on the main campus power source (Golden Bear, 4th Street, Telegraph) should report to work in those buildings. Supervisors should be flexible with staff who are experiencing that  power outage at home and may have issues with childcare.

Depending on the restoration of power on Friday, campus may be open for research activities and special events that evening. We will share information Friday afternoon about the status of restoring full power.

The campus does hold a limited number of classes on Saturdays. We expect those classes to resume on Saturday.

Please note that this is predicated upon PG&E restoring power from three disparate substation locations (different from the city of Berkeley) and the campus completing the lengthy process of reconnecting to PG&E power. This process involves multiple steps and many buildings. It is critical that it be done carefully so that the cogeneration plant continues to operate effectively throughout the transition process. 

We are extremely grateful to the staff members and student workers from many critical functional areas who have worked around the clock throughout this crisis to manage this complicated and dynamic situation.

A final reminder that even if you have power at home, it does not mean we will have power restored on campus.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.


Marc Fisher, vice chancellor



Alicia Johnson, director

Office of Emergency Management


If you are a manager who supervises UC Berkeley employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.


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