• Fire Safety 

     

    Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors:

    Each residence hall is equipped with a fire alarm system. In addition, each room or apartment is equipped with a smoke detector. Tampering with the alarm system or covering, disconnecting, or tampering with a smoke detector will result in disciplinary action. The fire alarm system will sound in the case of a fire. Anyone that notices a fire in a residence hall should pull the nearest fire alarm while exiting the building. Each semester, every occupied residence hall holds a fire drill. All residents and guests are required to evacuate the residence hall when the fire alarm sounds. Failure to leave the residence hall during a fire drill, false alarm, or actual warning, will result in disciplinary action. Due to the need to quickly evacuate the building in the case of a fire, members of the housing staff will not personally notify residents (and guests) of the fire. Notification of the fire is the sounding of the alarm. Residents that are deep sleepers or that are hearing impaired, are responsible for arranging with roommates or neighbors to inform them when the alarm sounds. Disabled residents must make prior arrangements with neighbors to assist them in evacuating during a fire alarm. In order to be prepared for a fire, residents and guests should be mindful of the nearest exit whenever they are in a residence hall. False fire alarms (those where there is no actual fire) disturb the community, both by disrupting the actions of the community at the time of the alarm and by giving residents a false sense that fire alarms can be ignored. For this reason, causing a false alarm will result in disciplinary action.

    Evacuation Procedures:

    All hall directors and resident assistants receive training each year about fire safety procedures.  

    If the fire alarm sounds while you are in a residence hall, please follow these procedures: 

     

    • Leave the building in a quick but orderly manner.
    • Wear shoes and, if the weather is cold, bring a coat or jacket.
    • Bring a towel to cover your nose and mouth to prevent smoke inhalation.
    • If the hallway is covered with smoke, get on the floor and crawl to the nearest exit.
    • When going down stairs, fourth floor residents should stay next to the left handrail. Third floor residents should take the center of the stairway. Second floor residents should stay next to the right handrail.
    • Under no circumstances should the elevator be used when the fire alarm is sounding. If a resident has a disability that might hinder mobility, he/she should make prior arrangements with other residents to assist him/her in case of a fire alarm.
    • Once you are safely out of the residence hall, you should go at least 75 feet away from the building. You should then locate your RA in the following locations:

      • Gilbert Hall residents should meet behind Gilbert Hall, near Wallace Hall.
      • Hoover Apartments residents should meet at the raised grassy area across from buildings 1 and 2.
      • Patterson Hall residents should meet in the middle island.
      • Reed Hall residents should meet in the grass circle near Selden Hall.
      • Selden residents should meet near the bench area behind Reed Hall.
      • Stickney Hall residents should meet on the lawn by Washington Street (near the bench).
       
    • Do not re-enter the building until a member of the Campus Police or the fire department has deemed the building safe.

     

    Cooking: 

    While cooking is permitted in the residence halls, the following policies have been established for the safety of our residents:  
    •  Appliances may not be left unattended, even for a moment, while in use.  This includes the prohibition of leaving a pan unattended on the stove-top while the burner is turned on. 
    •  A microwave oven, not to exceed 800 watts, may be used in the kitchenette area.  In Selden, a microwave may be placed on a stable surface, on the wall across from the dresser cabinet. 
    •  Coffee makers and toasters may only be used on countertops in the kitchenette area of each room or apartment. These appliances are only permitted if they have an automatic shut-off capability.  In Selden, these appliances may only be used on a solid, stable surface.   
    •  Electric tea kettles, rice cookers, and electric skillets are only permitted in hall director apartments, full-time staff apartments and at Hoover Apartments. These appliances may only be used on the kitchen counter and must be monitored while in used. 
    •  Follow the directions on the package when preparing food, including using the recommended amount of water and setting the appliance for the appropriate amount of time.  

    Prohibited Items: 

    For the safety of our residential community, the following are prohibited, including within 25 feet of any entrance to a residence hall or campus apartment: 

    •  Candles, incense and any type of open flame burner 
    •  Halogen lamps 
    •  Electric, gas, charcoal, or propane grills, including George Foreman grills 
    •  Portable heaters and electric blankets 
    •  Hot plates, deep fryers (including deep frying using a skillet/pot) and toaster ovens 
    •  Pressure cookers 
    •  Large personal appliances, such as washers and dryers, air conditioners etc. 
    •  Fireworks and any type of explosive device 
    •  Firearms and ammunition 
    •  Live Christmas trees 
    •  Fabric/Tapestries attached to or hanging from the ceiling or walls 
    •  Any item not listed here that is deemed by Housing staff to pose a threat. It must be immediately removed upon request  

    Smoking Policy:

    Smoking or the use of any type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, or similar product is prohibited in the residential areas, both in common areas and in individual rooms, and within 50 feet of the residence halls and campus apartments. Water pipes, hookahs, e-cigarettes and other smoking devices are prohibited as well. The presence of tobacco smoke, e-cig vapor, cigarette butts, ashtrays with ashes, and other remnants often associated with smoking and smokeless tobacco are considered evidence that the tobacco policy is being violated in the room.

     

    Reporting a Fire: 

    If a fire takes place in your residence hall, you should exit your building follow evacuation procedures and exit the building immediately.  If a fire occurs in your room that does not require evacuation (for example, a small fire that you are able to extinguish on your own with a fire extinguisher), you must still report the fire to your hall director.

     

    Fire Safety Systems in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities 

    Residence Hall

    Smoke
    Detectors

    Sprinkler
     System

    Pull
    Stations

    Fire Extinguishers
    in Unit

     

    Number of Fire Drills Held
    During the 2016 Calendar Year

    Gilbert Hall – 185 Student Union Drive

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    2

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 1) - 494 University Drive

    Yes

    No

    No

    Yes

    2

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 2) - 494 University Drive

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    2

    Patterson Hall – 95 Student Union Drive

    Yes

    No

    No

    Yes

    3

    Reed Hall – 321 Student Union Drive

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    2

    Selden Hall – 261 Student Union Drive

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    No

    2

    Stickney Hall – 134 Washington Street

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    2

     

     

     Fire Statistics in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities for the Three Most Recent Calendar Years 

      

    Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities for the 2014 Calendar Year 

     

    Residence Hall

    Total Fires in Each Facility

    Fire Incident
    Number for Building

    Cause
    of Fire

    Number of Injuries that Required Medical Treatment

     

    Number of Deaths Related to the Fire

    Value of Property Damaged by the Fire

    Gilbert Hall – 185 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 1) - 494 University Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 2) - 494 University Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Patterson Hall – 95 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Reed Hall – 321 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Selden Hall – 261 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Stickney Hall – 134 Washington Street

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

     

     

    Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities for the 2015 Calendar Year 

     

    Residence Hall

    Total Fires in Each Facility

    Fire Incident
    Number for Building

    Cause
    of Fire

    Number of Injuries that Required Medical Treatment

     

    Number of Deaths Related to the Fire

    Value of Property Damaged by the Fire

    Gilbert Hall – 185 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 1) - 494 University Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 2) - 494 University Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Patterson Hall – 95 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Reed Hall – 321 Student Union Drive

    1

    1

    Unintentional

    Stove-Top Fire in room 209

    0

    0

    $2,049

    Selden Hall – 261 Student Union Drive

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Stickney Hall – 134 Washington Street

    0

    0

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

     

     

    Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities for the 2016 Calendar Year 

     

    Residence Hall

    Total Fires in Each Facility

    Fire Incident
    Number for Building

    Cause 
    of Fire

    Number of Injuries that Required Medical Treatment

     

    Number of Deaths Related to the Fire

    Value of Property Damaged by the Fire

    Gilbert Hall – 185 Student Union Drive 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 1) - 494 University Drive 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    Hoover Apts. (Phase 2) - 494 University Drive 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    Patterson Hall – 95 Student Union Drive 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    Reed Hall – 321 Student Union Drive 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    Selden Hall – 261 Student Union Drive 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    Stickney Hall – 134 Washington Street 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

    N/A 

     

    Plans for Future Improvements in Fire Safety: 

    No planned improvements are scheduled at this time.