OU ADVISORY: Partial campus power outage due to construction mishap

Early Friday afternoon, a power outage affecting East Campus, the Facilities Management Building and the P-32 parking structure was caused by an electrical junction box inadvertently being struck by construction equipment near the Facilities Management parking lot, P-31.

Facilities Management staff were forced to shut off the circuit powering the junction box to assess damage, and subsequently found that immediately needed repairs would take approximately two hours to complete. As such, power is not likely to be restored until the late afternoon.

All University employees affected by the outage are encouraged to work with supervisors to find alternate locations to work. Anyone in affected areas who needs police services is advised to use a cell phone to call the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331.

Additional repairs being planned for tomorrow, Saturday, July 1, will require another power shutdown. Any sensitive electronic equipment in the affected areas that will be re-powered prior to tomorrow’s service interruption should be shut down this evening as a precautionary measure.

The University appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community as it works to manage this unanticipated service interruption.

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South campus road restrictions to support hazardous waste drop-off

Lot Restrictions

The Oakland University Police Department will restrict the use of South Oakland Drive and Library Drive to individuals participating in the Oakland County hazardous waste disposal event between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. All other commuters will be directed to use the University’s main entrance on Squirrel Road or entrances off of Walton Boulevard or Adams Road.

All drivers leaving campus during the road use restriction are advised to travel north on Pioneer Drive or Meadow Brook Road toward campus exits other than those on the southwest side of campus.

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UPDATE: Police see no indication of continuing threat in suicidal subject incident

An active investigation continues into an early Thursday morning report of a possibly suicidal person who may have been armed with a weapon near campus. Police officials, however, have no new information leading them to believe that the subject in question poses an ongoing threat to the University community.

The OUPD would like to remind community members that at all times, it is best to remain vigilant while moving around campus and to report all suspicious activity to University police at (248) 370-3331.

Campus community members are advised to program this number into their cell phones for ease of retrieval during an emergency. For more safety tips, visit oupolice.com.

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UPDATE: Police continue to investigate report of armed, suicidal person near campus

Police continue to investigate an early Thursday morning report of a possibly suicidal person who may have been armed with a weapon near campus.

According to the report, the individual was seen at approximately 2 a.m. in the area of Boulevard Apartments across from the Oakland University campus on Walton Blvd. As of 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, police report that the person has not been seen since.

The subject is described as a white male in his 20s with shoulder length hair and wearing a blue, long-sleeve, button-down shirt. Anyone who has seen or has information about this individual should dial 911 immediately.

At all times, the OU Police would also like to remind the community to:

  • Report all suspicious activity to the OU Police;
  • Utilize the “Visual Escort” program for walking escorts;
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night;
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you;
  • Travel in well lighted, busy pathways and streets;
  • Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 911 in case of emergency or crime of violence;
  • If you witness a crime of violence, make note of the suspect’s description and direction of travel;
  • Program the number for The OU (248-370-3331) into your cell phone;
  • Know where the blue emergency phones are around campus. A map of campus emergency phones can be found at oupolice.com;
  • Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331;
  • Visit oupolice.com for more safety tips.
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OU ALERT: Possibly armed, suicidal person reported near campus

On Thursday, June 22, at approximately 2 a.m., the Oakland University Police Department received information from the Auburn Hills Police Department regarding a possibly suicidal person who may be armed with a weapon near campus.

According to the report, the individual is described as a white male in his 20s with shoulder length hair and wearing a blue, long-sleeve, button-down shirt. The person was last seen in the area of Boulevard Apartments across from the Oakland University campus on Walton Blvd. He remains at large.

Anyone who sees or has information about this individual should dial 911 immediately.

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the campus community. Heightened awareness of surroundings is recommended.

At all times, the OU Police would also like to remind the community to:

  • Report all suspicious activity to the OU Police
  • Utilize the “Visual Escort” program for walking escorts
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you
  • Travel in well lighted, busy pathways and streets
  • Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 911 in case of emergency or crime of violence
  • If you witness a crime of violence, make note of the suspect’s description and direction of travel
  • Program the number for The OUPD (248-370-3331) into your cell phone
  • Know where the blue emergency phones are around campus. A map of campus emergency phones can be found at oupolice.com
  • Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331
  • Visit oupolice.com for more safety tips.
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South campus road restrictions to support hazardous waste drop-off

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In conjunction with an Oakland County household hazardous waste collection event taking place on campus, the Oakland University Police Department will restrict the use of South Oakland Drive and Library Drive to NoHaz participants between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. All other campus community members and visitors will be directed to use the campus’ main entrance or entrances off of Walton Boulevard or Adams Road.

Commuters are reminded that Pioneer Drive and the portion of Meadow Brook Drive south of the Police and Support Services Building are closed in conjunction with a campus parking expansion project. Likewise, the portion of Grizzly Lane north of the P-32 parking structure is closed in conjunction with the south campus housing construction project.

As a result of the June 24 road use restrictions and existing road closures, drivers including those participating in the NoHaz collection event will not be able to exit campus using Pioneer Drive or South Oakland Drive between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors leaving campus are advised to travel north on Pioneer Drive toward exits other than those on the southwest side of campus.

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Closure of P-38 to support campus wide parking expansion plan

Lot clousure

In conjunction with a project to add 660 parking spaces to existing campus lots, the University will close parking lot P-38, located immediately south of the Mathematics and Science Center (MSC), starting on Wednesday, May 24 and continuing through an expected completion date in mid-August.

Recommended alternatives for commuters accustomed to using the lot are the P-32 parking structure and the P-34 and P-36 parking lots located to the east of P-38.

Campus community members are also advised to avoid using the south entrances of the MSC, opting instead to use the east or west entrances, or entering the building through Hannah Hall or Dodge Hall.

Upon completion of the project, the University will open a one-way exit from the west side of P-38 onto Meadow Brook Road. Access to the lot will remain limited to the east side entrance off of Library Drive.

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P-16 lot to be reserved for local high school commencement ceremonies

P 16 lot closures

In conjunction with the O’rena hosting a number of area high school commencement ceremonies, the P-16 parking lot – located northeast of O’Dowd Hall – will be partially closed and reserved for handicapped parking on the dates listed below. Closure of the southwest half of P-16 will start at 11 p.m. on the evening prior to each listed date and continue throughout that day.

  • Thursday, June 1
  • Friday, June 2
  • Sunday, June 4
  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 7
  • Thursday, June 8
  • Friday, June 9
  • Saturday, June 10

Commuters eligible to use handicapped parking are advised that spaces in the P-18 parking lot – located immediately east of O’Dowd Hall – will remain open and accessible.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to plan in advance of this closure to use alternative parking areas as needed. The Oakland University Police Department appreciates the patience and cooperation of the faculty, staff and students during community events on campus.

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P-16 lot to be reserved for OUWB School of Medicine Commencement

P-16 lot to be reserved for OUWB School of Medicine Commencement

In conjunction with the 2017 Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Commencement on Friday, May 12, the P-16 parking lot – located northeast of O’Dowd Hall – will be partially closed and reserved for handicapped parking. Closure of the southwest half of P-16 will start at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, and continue throughout the day on Friday.

Commuters eligible to use handicapped parking are advised that spaces in the P-18 parking lot, located immediately east of O’Dowd Hall, will remain open and accessible.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to plan in advance of this closure to use alternative parking areas as needed. The Oakland University Police Department appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community during major University events.

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Walton Boulevard lane closures planned

The Oakland County Road Commission is starting a utility construction project on Walton Boulevard between Squirrel and Adams roads, which could result in traffic delays for campus commuters.

While work crews replace three drainage culverts located west of Adams Road, Walton Boulevard lane closures will result in a single lane being open in each direction.

Commuters are encouraged to avoid using the Walton Boulevard campus exits and to use Hamlin and Tienken roads as part of alternative routes to and from campus.

More detailed local, county and state road construction information can be found at the following websites:

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