WMU students left without internet on final exam day

Students and faculty experienced issues connecting to any of the three wireless internet networks offered by Western Michigan University. WMU Open, WMU Secure and WMU Guest were unable to reach a stable connection for most of the day on Thursday, the final day for exams.

While WMU Technology Help Desk did not respond for comment as to why the outages are occurring, WMU Public Safety took to Twitter Thursday morning to acknowledge the outages. 

There's been no indication that the lack of wireless internet has immediately affected the ability for an instructor to facilitate an exam. Still, students have expressed their frustration being unable to use the internet for last minute studying. 

While outages still remain in some areas on campus, the University Twitter account informed students at 2:07 p.m. that the network issues are being resolved by specialist teams.

"Some of WMU's network services are coming back online. However, it will take time to restore all systems and establish reliability. The outage continues to affect systems requiring a login, such as Elearning, email and the GoWMU portal," WMU said in a tweet.

WMU said it will make accommodations for students affected by the outages once they learn the duration of the network issues.


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