code of community responsibility

Fire Safety

Each year fire destroys millions of dollars worth of property and kills or injures thousands of people. A fire in a residence hall could quickly spread, putting the lives of all its students in jeopardy and destroying the personal belongings of its inhabitants. Students may not start a fire (including bonfires) on college property without prior authorization from Campus Safety. Most fires can be prevented by adherence to simple fire safety regulations.

Fire Safety Equipment

Damage to fire safety equipment or any use other than the intended purpose will result in a fine, assessment of replacement or repair costs, and/or disciplinary action. Sprinkler pipes and heads must be kept free from hanging articles at all times and there should be no tampering with, i.e., hanging on or swinging from.

Evacuation Procedures

Evacuation procedures are posted in all buildings. Fire drills are conducted periodically in each residence hall to familiarize the occupants with the sound of the fire alarm, the emergency exits, and procedures for safely evacuating the building. All residents and guests must evacuate the building when the fire alarm is sounded. Failure to vacate the building during an alarm will result in disciplinary action.

Fire escapes are for emergency use only. All escape routes, hallways, stairwells, entries, and fire escapes must be kept clear and unobstructed at all times. Furniture, skis, ski boots, bicycles, or personal items may not be stored in any escape route. Fire doors may not be propped open at any time. Doorways should not be blocked by hanging tapestries.

Maximum Capacity

To allow for safe exit in case of emergency, no more than five visitors are allowed in a student room for every one student normally assigned to that room (i.e., single=5, double=10, triple=15, quad=20). The maximum capacity for Rooke Hall apartments is 25, including the residents. The maximum capacity for London House apartments is as follows: Apartment 001 – 18, including the residents; apartment 003 – 24, including the residents. Residents are expected to monitor their rooms and the number of guests they have.

Appliances/Extension Cords

Residence Hall regulations to minimize the risk of a fire caused by electrical components.

Decorations and Displays

Residence Hall regulations to minimize the risk of a fire spreading quickly.

Policy revised May 2014 by the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

  • Though the college respects a student's free expression and right to decorate the student's room, we must balance that with the higher priority of student safety.

  • In order to protect us and our buildings and property, safety equipment must be maintained and evacuation procedures followed properly.

  • Interconnectedness
  • Stewardship