The University of Texas at Dallas closed Monday afternoon after a construction accident damaged a chiller.
According to a statement on the UTD.edu website:
The University of Texas at Dallas closed at 3 p.m. Monday after a power outage disrupted air conditioning operations throughout campus. Essential personnel will remain on duty; supervisors should use their discretion in determining whether conditions require earlier dismissal.
Classes in progress at 3 p.m. can be dismissed or continue at the discretion of the faculty member, based on the comfort level of the room. Buildings will be locked down at 3:30 p.m.; individuals leaving buildings should not re-enter after that time.
Check the home page for updates. An update is expected about 8 p.m. this evening.
University web servers and email systems are dependent on cool surroundings to function. It is not expected that these systems will fail, but if they do, remember to check the emergency closure line at 972-883-7669 for updates. Cell phone text message updates will be sent via http://www.mobilecampus.com, to which any campus community member may subscribe. Reverse voice mail may also be used, and notifications will be shared with news media.
A UTD spokesperson was not certain if classes would resume Tuesday, when temperatures are expected to reach 104 degrees.