Pepperdine has learned the Malibu and Calabasas campuses are on a list of locations that may experience rolling blackouts this week due to excess demand in the wake of the heat wave. Rolling blackouts are short power outages to reduce strain on the electrical grid. While we have asked our electrical provider, Southern California Edison, to give as much advance notice as possible for these potential outages, we may not receive any warning. Rolling blackouts typically last from a few minutes up to about an hour or more for each location.
While power outages may occur at any time due to a variety of causes, with courses currently online and participation dependent on power and internet connections, we are providing this information to allow you to prepare for a potential interruption to classes. Professors and students may arrange, class by class, a protocol by which they will operate in the event of an outage. However, if no individual plan has been made, the University’s standard is to attempt to reconnect for up to 15 minutes after the start of a power outage. If you cannot reconnect after 15 minutes:
- Professors unable to teach a course because of a power outage should consider the class meeting canceled and contact affected students when feasible to explain the situation.
- Students unable to reconnect to attend a course because of a power outage should contact their professor when feasible to explain the situation. This would be considered an excused absence due to the power outage.
If University campuses are impacted, updates will be posted on Pepperdine’s Emergency Information Page. Contact the University’s Emergency Services at 310.506.4442 or email@example.com with any questions.