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Safety Policies

Electrical Appliances: Electrical outlets must not be overloaded. Students may use electrical devices in their rooms so long as the voltage demand does not exceed 115 volts, such as: radio, TV, CD, DVD, lamps, fans, and computers. As a convenience, the Campus Residence Association (CRA) rents micro-fridges, which include refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves all in one unit. Microwave ovens are permitted. Heating and cooking appliances with exposed elements (including hot plates and space heaters) may not be used because of potential fire hazards.

Drying racks: No drying racks are permitted in residential area hallways. Students who would like to use drying racks must keep them in their rooms or apartments. In the event of an emergency that requires students and staff to vacate the buildings the hallways must be free of all obstacles. Impediments such as drying racks in the hallways are a violation of NFPA Life Safety Code. Students placing drying or other obstacles in the hallways will be cited and referred to the Area Coordinator. After a second violation students will be referred to the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities.

Grills: George Foreman grills are permitted on campus. Grills of any other type are not permitted on campus. However, college owned grills may be used with permission from Residence Life.

Halogen Lamps: Due to safety hazards associated with halogen lamps, their use is prohibited in student housing.

Personal Air Conditioning Units: Personal air conditioning units may be installed in Student Directed Learning Communities. Such units, however, must be installed by College maintenance personnel. The units may not exceed 7500 BTUs and must operate on 110 voltage. Facilities Management staff will install and remove the air conditioners during the semester.

Personal Items on Walls: Students are not permitted to hang items on the walls in the residence halls, except in their personal room. Items should not be hung on the walls in restrooms, hallways, laundry rooms, or common areas. If items are found hanging on walls outside of personal rooms, they will be removed by Facilities Management.

Portable Heaters: Due to the safety hazards associated with space heaters, all heaters are prohibited in campus housing. If, for documented medical reasons, you require room temperatures higher than 70 degrees, please call Facilities Management for an approved supplemental heater. Absolutely no portable heaters will be permitted in College-owned housing.

Potential Fire Hazards: Flammable materials must not be brought into or stored in College owned housing. Candles are permitted in College owned housing for decorative purposes only, but may not be burned. Open flames of any kind, including incense, are not permitted. No materials or items (including tapestries) may be placed over exit signs, fire doors, or any electrical/HVAC fixture. Live Christmas trees are prohibited except those provided by the College and placed in designated locations in the residential facilities. Any decorations used must be made of flameproof or fire-resistant materials. The College reserves the right to require students to alter, change or remove any items deemed unsafe and hazardous.

Recyclable Materials: In order to further its commitment to environmental sustainability and teach students about the importance of recycling, Resident Assistants receive training on recycling each year. The RAs facilitate recycling within the residence halls and work to construct a system whereby students can recycle the materials mentioned above on each of their floors. In general, there are containers on each hall for both paper products and for commingled materials. With guidance from the RAs, students set up a system to ensure that these hall containers are emptied at the pickup point in the building on a regular basis. Facilities Management collects the recyclables and takes them to the Brown Building where they are transported to their final destination. The College encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity to impact the environment in a positive way.

Safety Inspections: The Safety and Residence Life departments conduct fire and safety inspections of all College-owned housing on a semi-annual basis, including those areas open to the public, student rooms, and maintenance areas. These announced inspections will usually be held when the residence halls are open, but may also be held over breaks. Residents are encouraged to be present during the inspections in order to learn how to maintain a safe living environment.

Smoking: See the section on the Smoke Free Campus.

Violations of residential facilities policies are dealt with either through administrative action or through the Student Code of Conduct procedures as outlined in detail in the section on the Code of Conduct.


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