Potential power loss at campus sites

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

UC Santa Cruz may lose power today at noon or later as part of the planned power outage by PG&E. However, the situation is still fluid.

The sites that may be impacted by the outage include the residential campus, Coastal Science Campus, 2300 Delaware, and Scotts Valley Center. Employees should check-in with their managers to discuss the plan for their unit’s operations for the rest of the day. 

This remains a very fluid and dynamic situation. Everyone is encouraged to check ucsc.edu/status for regular updates. If power goes out, the campus will send another message via CruzAlert with additional information, which will also be shared at ucsc.edu/status and at 831-459-INFO. 

The campus has proactively switched a number of buildings on Science Hill to independent power provided by our cogeneration plant, in the event that PG&E power is lost. Researchers and staff are strongly encouraged to take appropriate pre-emptive and cautionary measures to protect critical equipment at any site.

We understand that, regardless of the campus power situation, employees might be experiencing power outages at their homes. Managers should try to be flexible with employees. Employees should check with their manager or supervisor if they have specific questions or concerns about being able to make it to work due to their personal power circumstances. 

If power is cut off, UC Santa Cruz will be able to keep dining halls open at Rachel Carson/Oakes, Porter/Kresge, and Colleges Nine and Ten. In addition to these three dining halls, the University Center Coffee Bar and Terra Fresca restaurant will remain open.

All these locations will operate their regular schedules including late night service at College Nine and Ten, and Rachel Carson/Oakes.

We will share more information when it becomes available. Please continue to check your email, 831-459-INFO, and ucsc.edu/status for updates. Urgent information will be sent via CruzAlert. 

Information about preparedness can be found online.