College of Law Irma Update

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 13: 5:22 p.m.

Hello Stetson Community,

I’m back with a non-update. In short, no power, no internet, no phones. We have been making significant progress on campus including the continuation of debris cleanup, removal of downed trees, verification that our chiller plants will be fully operational once power is restored, and testing of our IT infrastructure. The good news is all is good.

Still no timetable on the restoration of power — and we have been talking with Duke Energy continuously since Irma moved north.

So, another update by 1:00 tomorrow – not sure yet whether it will be a real update or another non-update. Stay tuned.

With my best,

Dean Pietruszkiewicz


Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 12: 4:49 p.m.

Hello from Gulfport,

We understand that Duke Energy, our service provider in St. Petersburg and Gulfport, continues to work on emergency services including police and fire departments, emergency operations centers, hospitals and nursing homes. At this point, they have not yet provided an estimated time for restoration of power, although we hear that they have committed to providing an estimated time for restoration in more detail later tonight.

As I mentioned in prior updates, we cannot resume classes and cannot open campus until power is restored. As a result, all classes and activities are cancelled through Sunday, September 18, including weekend classes scheduled for this weekend. We are very confident that classes will resume on Monday, September 18 and ask our faculty, staff, and students to plan for a full resumption of operations on Monday.

We are currently working through the logistics for our academic schedule and expect to provide an update to our community as soon as possible. We certainly expect to utilize the two hurricane days currently built into our academic calendar — Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21 and November 22.

At this time, power (and internet) has still not been restored to campus and, as a result, we cannot yet open our campus or our dorms. We will continue to have our emergency facilities staff and public safety officers on campus but ask that our faculty, staff, and student not to return until we let you know. If you need to reach our Office of Public Safety, the temporary emergency number is 727.420.3611.

Finally, for your diligence in reading the Internal Revenue Code (thanks for all of the email messages), we are planning a welcome back “Breakfast Without Irma” (and yes, there will be coffee) for all students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, September 19 from 8:45 until 10:15 in the Crummer Courtyard — please stop by to share your Irma stories.

Next update at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

With my best,

Dean Pietruszkiewicz