Campus-wide network problems caused Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to lose Wi-Fi Thursday, the last day of final exams.
The university said in an afternoon tweet that specialists were working on a fix.
“The university’s network remains down … The outage is impacting exams,” @WesternMichU tweeted at 2:11 p.m. “We will make appropriate accommodations for impacted students once we know the duration of the outage.”
A few hours later, the university said some of its network services were coming back online. However, it said the outage continued to impact systems requiring a login, such as Elearning, email and the GoWMU portal.
It was not immediately clear what caused the problem. A university spokesperson could not be reached Thursday evening.
Western’s website appeared to be down late Thursday.
The Western Herald student newspaper reported that students and faculty had problems connecting to the university’s three wireless internet networks: WMU Open, WMU Secure and WMU Guest. The Herald said Thursday was the final day for exams.
While the network problems caused frustration, some people took them in stride.
“I’ve seen people sitting in each others’ offices and hallways, having face to face conversations,” a Facebook user named Steve Booher wrote on Western’s Facebook page. “This outage has been kinda nice.”
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