The Storm and Its Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, but the effects will linger in the New York area for a long time.  Many are without power (and will be for some time), some areas near the coast have been ravaged by flood waters, and mass transit is struggling to restore service.  Some people are dealing with much more serious devastation.

The University’s Public Safety and Facilities teams have been working around the clock to get the campus up and running.  The University’s message about the state of things on campus is here.  A message from University President Rev. Donald Harrington is here.

At the Law School, our problems are relatively minor, though they are still preventing us from opening.  Here is the message I sent to the Law School community earlier today:

I hope that all are safe and sound in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  I know that many of you are dealing with storm damage, loss of power, and other disruptions.

Here on campus, damage from the storm is not particularly significant.  However, the Law School currently has partial power only.  A large generator is on site and is being installed at the moment; however, it will likely not be operational in time to open the building for classes tomorrow.  As a result, the Law School will remain closed on Thursday. 

There is a possibility that we will be open on Friday for regularly scheduled classes, but we will not know that until sometime on Thursday afternoon.

We will announce a makeup schedule, which may include adjustments to the final exam schedule, sometime next week.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the many issues raised by the storm.  Stay safe.

The coming days will require more patience and more flexibility.

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