AUSB Statement on Southern California Wildfires of December 2017

UPDATE: AUSB Campus Closure Statement from Dr. Barbara Lipinski:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Dear Antioch Community,

This unprecedented wildfire emergency continues to impact our community in significant ways. We know that many students, faculty, and staff have been evacuated, some have left the area, and still others may be at home. Our number one priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and for those impacted, and in this moment, that is the sole priority for our AUSB Community.

After surveying the condition of the campus today, and in consideration of the health, safety, and welfare of all employees and students, the campus will be closed effective immediately through January 1, 2018. AUSB will re-open on Tuesday, January 2 at 8:00a.m. after winter break.

This decision was solidified after speaking with employees who returned to campus today and in consultation with University Administration.

Next Wednesday, December 20, we will have security on campus from 9am-12pm, in case employees need to obtain items from their offices in order to work remotely. However, the campus will not be open for business until January 2, 2018.

Please reach out to student services at [email protected] for questions involving student affairs.

For employee leave calendar or work hour issues, please contact Marcus McMillan at ​[email protected]

I am so proud of this community and how we have rallied around each other in times of need. We continue to keep our neighbors and first responders in our thoughts and deeply appreciate the companies that have traveled to our region from all over California and other states.

I look forward to seeing everyone in the new year and send wishes of safety and peace during the campus closure​ and winter break​.

Sincerely,

Barbara Lipinski, JD, PhD
Provost and CEO
Antioch University Santa Barbara


AUSB Campus open on Wednesday, December 13

Antioch University Santa Barbara will be OPEN this week beginning Wednesday, December 13, 8:00am to 5:30pm, and will be open for the remainder of the week. The campus will be closed on Saturday 12/16 & Sunday 12/17, however.

The library will be open Wednesday through Friday this week9am-5pm, and will be closed beginning Saturday 12/16/2017 through winter break, re-opening on Tuesday, 1/2/2018.


AUSB Campus Closed on Tuesday 12/12:

Residents and employees of Santa Barbara and Ventura County schools and businesses ​continue to experienc​e an emergency situation. ​In light of the precarious power situation on campus​ and at people’s homes and the unhealthy air quality​​ (https://www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality/) (pdf), ​the campus will be closed on Tuesday, December 12. The earliest we will re-open is ​Wednesday​ morning, December 1​3​.

Students are directed to contact their course instructors to make arrangements for and clarify any details on the submittal of final papers and assignments. While we anticipate that Sakai will be fully accessible, Southern California Edison will be working to restore power in areas where service has been interrupted​.​.

Our hearts are with everyone impacted by the ongoing Thomas Fire, including students, staff, faculty, family, friends, family pets and the wildlife in our adjacent forests. The safety of our community continues to be a priority, and we look forward to opening the campus when it is safe to do so.

We will continue to provide updates on this page, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter @antiochsb.

If you live anywhere in Santa Barbara County, please sign up for emergency alerts from the County at AwareandPrepare.org​. For road conditions call ​1-800-427-7623. For information on local evacuations visit: CountyofSB.org. In Ventura County sign up for emergency alerts at ReadyVenturaCounty.org.


Closure Announcement for Monday, December 11:

Residents and employees of Santa Barbara and Ventura County schools and businesses are experiencing an emergency situation. The red flag advisory for our region has been extended through 8pm Monday night. In light of this new information, the precarious power situation on campus, the extreme unhealthy air quality (https://www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality/), and local evacuations in Carpinteria and Montecito impacting our students, staff, and faculty, the AUSB campus will remain closed through Monday night. The earliest we will re-open is Tuesday morning, December 12, 2017. Updates will be posted on this page and emailed to students.


Closure Announcement for December 8 – 10:

Dear Antioch Community,

After consultation with faculty, staff, and university administration, the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus will remain CLOSED on Friday, December 8; Saturday, December 9; and Sunday, December 10. The ongoing wildfires have resulted in poor air quality in our region and the continued health and safety of students, staff, and faculty is our primary concern.

We will continue to provide updates via www.antioch.edu/santa-barbara, our Facebook page at Antioch University Santa Barbara, and/or Twitter feed @antiochsb. For questions or concerns please direct message us on Facebook or email us at [email protected].

 If you live anywhere in Santa Barbara County, please sign up for emergency alerts from the County at awareandprepare.org and for road conditions call 1-800-427-7623. For information on local evacuations visit:  countyofsb.org. In Ventura County sign up for emergency alerts at ReadyVenturaCounty.org.

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus as this situation stabilizes.

Closure Announcement for Thursday, December 7:

Antioch University Santa Barbara campus will be CLOSED today, Thursday, December 7​​. We advise that you limit all outdoor recreational activities due to the poor air quality. We will continue to provide updates via antioch.edu/santa-barbara​, Facebook and Twitter. If you live in anywhere in Santa Barbara County, you should sign up for emergency alerts from the County at awareandprepare.org​ and for road conditions call ​1-800-427-7623. CalTrans automated line at 800-427-7623, or call 800-835-5247 to speak with a live assistant. Ventura County fire and road closure updates at: readyventuracounty.org.


A Message from Dr. Barbara Lipinski, CEO & Provost, AUSB
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dear Antioch Community,

As the wildfires and safety concerns of the wider community are attended to by skilled firefighters and first responders, and the magnitude of the disaster unfolds, this is a moment to express heartfelt compassion to members of our academic community who are directly dealing with emergency evacuations, loss of pets, housing, and property. As we know, these losses can be devastating and may be experienced as insurmountable.

Yesterday, as the Thomas Fire claimed my property up to the threshold of my door, and as I witnessed the total losses of neighbors’ residences, I was reminded of how quickly our academic community comes together in times of crises and disasters.

I have been in contact with students, staff, and faculty who were under mandatory evacuation orders and have sustained great losses. Many are in areas where the 10pm curfew has been implemented, air quality is poor, and water must be boiled prior to use. Members of our close knit community have already provided housing, food, clothing, and immense generosity to those in need. This is one hallmark of our community, one that extends compassion and generosity.

As we support each other during this difficult time and extend our compassion and assistance, we will continue to thrive as a community.

Warmly,

Dr. Barbara Lipinski
Provost & CEO
Antioch University Santa Barbara

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