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Blackboard outage planned for slow academic day

The installation of a new server to accommodate the Blackboard learning management system will make it unavailable on the morning of Thursday, March 24.

The state-of-the-art server will improve performance and storage capacity for users. Its installation will take about six hours—from 6 a.m. to noon.

“We recognize that maintenance during peak operating hours will be inconvenient,” says Susan Holiga, assistant director of Information Technology Services. “However, we have made every attempt to identify a time that has the least impact on our users.”

March 24 is designated a study day, so no classes, labs, tests or exams will take place outside the Faculty of Law. It is also the day prior to the Easter holiday weekend.

Holiga says the LMS team considered these factors when selecting a date to reduce the inconvenience to users.

“We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this outage of service,” she says.