The University owns and maintains the entire underground telecommunications and network distribution system on the Illinois State University campus. Protecting the integrity of this system from potential damage caused by digging, excavating, or subsurface activity is necessary to avoid major disruptions of vital telecommunications and network services. The repair of damaged cables and optical fibers is expensive and time consuming.
In the interest of maintaining the integrity of the University's underground telecommunications and network distribution system, Telecommunications and Networking must have the cooperation of all University departments that perform work, or hire a contractor to perform work, that involves excavating or digging of any kind. The department supervising the work is responsible for the protection of the underground system.
When underground work (including placement of posts and signs) is anticipated, the contractor or department must call Facilities Management (438-5611) forty-eight (48) hours before starting the work and request campus-utility locating services. If emergency excavation work requires immediate action, the department or contractor may call Telecommunications and Networking in addition to calling Facilities Management.
When a cable or optical fiber is damaged, vital voice, data and video services to the University are disrupted until repairs can be made. Damage and outages can range from a few hours to many days. In the event a cable or optical fiber is damaged, the following liability and restitution policies should be followed:
Last Review: May 2007