Life Safety


The misuse or abuse of any life safety equipment in any campus building or facility is a serious violation of University policy.

Students are encouraged to use these extinguishers when warranted for fire safety. If you are uncertain how to properly use the extinguisher contact your Head Resident. If you suspect there is a problem with your extinguisher, contact your Head Resident or Campus Security immediately. If you have cause to discharge your extinguisher for fire control you must immediately advise your Head Resident and the Campus Security Department to report the fire and use of the extinguisher. If a room extinguisher is discharged for other than a fire or a non-reported fire, or tampered with in any way to cause the extinguisher to be inoperable or unavailable for emergency use, the occupant(s) of the room will be charged for the cost of replacement and/or recharging.

False fire alarms and willful damaging of any life safety equipment is not only an inconvenience to fellow students but constitutes a real danger. Fire extinguishers, pull stations, alarm bells, smoke and heat detectors and alarm panels are in place for your safety. Use of these systems for other than fire emergencies; or abuse of these systems; or the intentional causing of a false fire alarm may result in a fine and possible dismissal from University housing. (Tampering includes moving, modifying, obstructing or in anyway altering life safety equipment.)

Open fire is not permitted in any residence hall or campus building. The intentional setting of any fire, which is not authorized or designed for a recognized and accepted purpose and practiced with proper safety precautions in effect, may result in the filing of a Safety violation.

The use of extension cords and multiple outlet plug adapters is strictly prohibited. Such use may result in a fine and removal of the cord and/or plug. Power strips with overload circuit protectors may be used.

All buildings on campus must be immediately evacuated whenever a fire or general alarm sounds in the building. Intentional evading or refusal to evacuate may result in notice of violation. In residence halls, the Resident Assistants and/or Area Director will go room to room to ensure that evacuation of the residence hall is completed. They may be assisted by Campus Safety and Police staff as required to effect evacuation. In Greek residences, Campus Safety and Police will make a tour of the residence to ensure evacuation procedures are followed. House officers that are in residence at the time will assist them.

Fire and General Evacuation

If a fire condition is discovered in a building you should take the following action:

  1. Immediately evacuate the building. As you leave, notify other occupants. Activate a fire alarm pull station.
  2. Close room and/or hallway and stairwell doors as you evacuate.
  3. Once you leave the building, do not re-enter.

The purpose of any evacuation is to empty a building or area of all occupants as quickly and safely as possible.

  1. In most cases that require evacuation of a building (fire, explosion, bomb threat), occupants should proceed to a clear or safe location away from the building, but where they can be accounted for. Campus Safety Officers may direct you to other locations. Please comply with their requests in order to effect a safe evacuation.
  2. Evacuation of persons with disabilities will be given the highest priority. They will be evacuated by the most expeditious and safe means available. If you are aware of person(s) with disabilities in your building that require assistance, please notify a Campus Police Officer or Community Service Officer.
  3. When evacuating the building, do not run. Walk and remain quiet. Be observant to your surroundings and know a second means of escape from your building in the event that your primary route is obstructed.
  4. Occupants, once outside the building, should congregate with co-workers to make sure that everyone has evacuated safely. If you discover that someone is unaccounted for, notify a Campus Security Officer.