The University of New Hampshire's Durham campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy and expected power outages.
University officials say the decision was made in part because the university has no current backup power system. Its co-generation plant is currently offline for scheduled maintenance. UNH buys power from PSNH, but also generates its own electricity through the plant.
“We used all of the information available to make the best decision for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “Losing days in the classroom is not something we ever like to do, but I encourage faculty to reach out to their students before the storm with any reading or assignments that can be done even if power is lost.”
University officials say the closure also gives students the chance to leave campus to be with family.