Campus wide power and heat outage - University closed Feb. 6 and 7

(Updated at 2/5/14 at 8:35 pm)

The electrical service interruption to the Villanova campus continues at this time; however, power and heat have been restored to Dougherty and Sullivan through emergency generators. Cell phones and other electronic devices may be charged at Dougherty.

Emergency lighting systems and building fire alarm systems remain operational in all residence halls. Public Safety officers will be present in all University halls tonight. Additional generators are being connected, and we anticipate that service will be restored to Donahue and Good Counsel in the next several hours. Additional generators are expected tomorrow.

Dougherty will remain open throughout the night. water and carry-out food will be available. Dining hours for tomorrow include the following.

  • Dougherty resident dining hall and Cafe Nova will be open tomorrow, Thursday, on regular operating hours.   
  • Donahue will be open tomorrow, Thursday on an adjusted schedule:  Brunch and Dinner menus.  Donahue will open at 9 am for brunch and close dinner at regular scheduled time of 7:45 pm.
  • The Exchange operations, Law School, and Belle Air Terrace  will be closed on Thursday.  
  • St Mary's and Second Storey will be closed on Thursday. 

Please continue to monitor Nova Alert, email, and the University webpage for additional updates.

(Updated at 2/5/14 at 2:50 pm)

The University’s power provider (PECO) projects an extended power outage in our region, which effects both power and heat on the campus. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, Villanova University will be closed on Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7, 2014. This includes the Villanova Law School. We encourage all on campus resident students, who can travel safely, to return home. 

For those students who remain on campus, an emergency generator has been located and will installed in Dougherty Hall.  Dougherty will therefore be fully heated and providing hot meals, water, snacks and takeaway food by sometime this evening. Students will also be able to recharge their phones and laptops in Dougherty.

Villanova is taking additional steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. All campus buildings are equipped with emergency generators that provide emergency lighting and operate building fire alarm systems. Water, snacks and take away food will be available in Dougherty Hall, which will remain open all night. Additional Public Safety officers will be on duty and present in on-campus residence halls. Resident Assistants (RA’s) will be carrying two-way radios to enable direct communication between campus residence halls and the Public Safety Department.

We encourage students and families to stay in communication as the outage continues. The University will continue its efforts to restore power by attempting to obtain additional emergency generators, as well as to provide additional options for students who are unable to leave campus, should the outage continue beyond tonight.

Updates will be provided frequently through the Nova Alert system. The University's Public Safety Department may be reached in an emergency by calling 610-519-4444.

Update (2/5/14 at 1:13 p.m.)

Villanova University lost power earlier in the day, along with hundreds of thousands of other PECO customers in the region. Unfortunately, we are not able to get an estimate as to when power to the campus might be restored. This power outage also effects our ability to provide heat to campus buildings. Since we are not able to determine when power will be restored, the decision has been made to close the University on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Campus buildings are equipped with emergency generators that provide emergency lighting and operate building fire alarm systems. However, all campus residence halls are without power and heat except for the limited power provided through those generators. Campus dining halls are open, but are serving a limited menu. Residential students may wish to consider returning home and should make those arrangements prior to cell phones losing power. For those who are not able to leave, we will be in further communication shortly with options and next steps for those who need to remain.

We are hopeful that PECO will be able to restore power to the campus in a timely manner. At the same time, we recognize that this is a large scale outage and realistically have no way of knowing when power will be restored. The University is taking all steps necessary to ensure the continued health and safety of the University community.

Updates will be provided frequently through the Nova Alert system. The University's Public Safety Department may be reached in an emergency by calling 610-519-4444.