Residence Hall Safety Policies

Air Conditioners – Air conditioners are not permitted in the residence halls.

Appliances and Electrical Equipment – Appliances and electrical equipment can overload the electrical capacity of residence halls and cause serious electrical fires, wire damage, and blackouts. The following guidelines should be followed to ensure the safe use of electrical outlets:

  • All electrical items must be Underwriters Laboratory-approved and in good operating condition.
  • The use of small appliances with exposed heating elements is not permitted in residence hall rooms. Students are encouraged to use common residence cooking areas for the preparation of food.
  • Only one appliance per outlet should be used.
  • One small refrigerator is allowed per room; it must draw no more than two amps of current and must be plugged directly into a wall socket. Refrigerators must be placed in an area where they are properly ventilated (not in closets).
  • Splicing of electrical wires, telephone or computer network wires or removal of any outlet plates or light switch plates is strictly prohibited.
  • Power strips are allowed, provided they contain built-in circuit breakers - The use of multiplug adapters is not permitted.

Bars (with or without alcohol) are prohibited in the residence halls.

Candles and Incense – Sources of an open flame such as incense and candles are not permitted in residence hall rooms at any time.

Christmas Trees – Live Christmas trees present a fire hazard and are not allowed in the residence halls. Artificial, flame-retardant trees are acceptable.

Dangerous Play – Sports equipment may not be used in the residence halls because of the potential danger to students and property. Intentional throwing or breaking of bottles or glass is strictly prohibited.

To avoid personal injury and damage to property, golf clubs may be used only on the golf course. Golf practice is not permitted on lawns.

Dart Boards – For safety reasons and due to potential wall damage, dart boards are not permitted in the residence halls at any time.

Fireplaces – For safety reasons, fireplaces located in residence halls may not be used.

Fire Safety – An automatic fire safety protection system has been installed in each residence hall and an electric smoke detector in each room. These systems are in place for the protection of life and property. Tampering with them (which includes covering them with tapestries or netting), or any other fire safety equipment, including alarms, smoke detectors, heat detectors, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire doors or posted fire safety information, may create a severe safety hazard. In addition, the intentional setting of a fire, indoors or outdoors on College property is strictly forbidden. Students found responsible for actions listed above, or who fail to evacuate a building in a timely manner during a fire alarm, will be referred for disciplinary action (and/or civil prosecution) that may result in separation from the College.

Fire Drills – Timed fire drills will be conducted each semester in all the residence halls by Campus Safety, with the assistance of resident advisors and area directors. Since these fire drills will be unannounced, it is important for all students to immediately leave their residence hall whenever a fire alarm sounds. Any student who refuses to follow instructions or evacuate the building during a fire drill will be subject to serious disciplinary action.

Halogen Lamps – Halogen Lamps are not permitted in the residence halls.

Health and Safety Inspections – Resident advisors conduct health and safety inspections each semester. Students will be notified in advance of the inspections. Once the inspection is completed, students will be asked to correct health and safety violations immediately. Students who refuse to correct a violation will be subject to disciplinary action.

Holiday/String Lights – Holiday lights or similar decorative lights present a fire hazard and are not permitted in the residence halls at any time.

Hot Tubs/Pools – Hot tubs and pools are not permitted inside or outside the residence halls.

Keys and Lockouts – Upon arriving on campus, each student is issued the key to his or her room. For safety and security reasons, residence hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day and are only accessible using the Hill Card. Students are expected to lock their doors and carry their key and ID (Hill Card) at all times. The College is not responsible for the theft of personal items from student rooms. Should a student be locked out of his or her room or the residence hall, assistance is available by calling Campus Safety. Repeated lockouts by a student will result in a $10.00 fine for each lockout.

For security reasons, the loss of a key should be reported immediately to the Office of Residential Life and Campus Safety. The lock of the appropriate room will be changed to protect the safety of the student(s) living there. Students are charged for the replacement cost of lost keys.

Lofts – A limited number of lofts are made available through the Office of Residential Life working in conjunction with Facilities Management. There are inherent dangers with lofted and bunked beds due to the potential for falls. The use of guardrails is strongly recommended. Residents who choose to use lofted/bunked beds without the protection of guardrails do so at their own risk and assume all liability for injury. The College assumes no responsibility for damage or injury caused by the use of lofts and bunk beds.

Propped Doors – For safety reasons, all residence hall entry doors must be locked and secure at all times. Propping doors for any reason is not permitted and may result in disciplinary action.

Roofs and Ledges – Students are not allowed to use residence hall roofs or ledges for any purpose. This includes sitting or standing in windowsills.

Waterbeds – Waterbeds are not permitted in the residence halls.

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