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Important Shutdown and Computer Security Information

Dec. 20, 2011

We advise all faculty and staff to turn off and unplug computers, monitors, printers, and other peripheral devices in their offices, and other applicable rooms on campus, prior to departing for winter shutdown. The shutdown period is Saturday, December 24, 2011, through Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Most buildings will have reduced heating during this period. All computer equipment should be turned off to avoid potential damage, and unplugged to avoid unnecessary passive energy usage (turned off, but still plugged in, computer devices often continue to use some amount of electricity). If your computer and devices are plugged into a power strip, turning off the power strip will suffice.

When returning after the shutdown period, please wait for your offices and other locations with computer equipment to warm up before you turn on computers and devices. Computer equipment must be acclimated to the warmer temperatures before being turned on to avoid potential damage. Condensation and thermal stress are possible, and can cause catastrophic damage, if computers are turned on too quickly after being in cold conditions (generally, 35-55 degrees). When your office is at a temperature that is comfortable for you—approximately 68 degrees F—it should be fine to turn on your computer and devices.

Please also note, all Center for Information Technology (CIT) computer labs will be shut down by 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2011. The labs will be placed back into operation on Monday, January 2, 2012. Staff and faculty living in residence halls will be able to keep their computers active, and will continue to have access to the campus network.

Due to computer thefts on campus this semester from residence halls, libraries, academic areas, and faculty/staff offices, we advise you to take all security measures possible to protect your computers and other technology equipment. Please see the CIT web page on security for complete security details. If you use a laptop computer, consider taking it with you for the shutdown period, lock it in a cabinet, or make sure it is locked with an approved security cable. If you don't have a computer security cable, please contact CIT to acquire one prior to shutdown.

Please contact the CIT Help Desk (x58197, cit@oberlin.edu) if you have any questions or if you require any assistance.