NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University students woke up Sunday without power, and are waking up Monday in the Hilton.
The university released a report to students at 3:20 Sunday morning that campus was experiencing a power outage. The campus had another outage in the same area the week before.
Entergy arrived to evaluate the situation four hours later, and told them a private contractor should investigate the issue.
Meanwhile, the Student Union and Professional Sciences Building still had electricity and served hot meals.
The electrical contractor said three fuses malfunctioned and replacement fuses had to be delivered from outside New Orleans. They said power would not be restored until Wednesday. This prompted the university to reserve spots at the Hilton Riverside for students living in Straight, Williams and Camphor-Hartzell residence halls.
Students were advised to commute home or have someone pick them up if possible. Those living in Gentilly Gardens will still be offered on-campus meals, since they were not affected by the outage. Loyola University offered Wi-Fi and dining options to Dillard students in the affected area.
Dillard University says there will be no classes or exams Monday, and will be held virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students should expect to return to in-person instruction Thursday.
The university says they are working with the contractor and Entergy to figure out what caused the fuses to malfunction and ultimately resolve the issue.
They have been posting updates on their website. We will bring you those updates as soon as they become available.