The University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment in our residential communities, while respecting and preserving individual rights to privacy. In order to manage this delicate balance, the University has developed policies and procedures with which all residents should be familiar.
The following are expectations regarding the use of personal and University facilities, as they relate to health and safety issues. The University recognizes that these policies may cause individual inconvenience. The policies are intended to protect the health and welfare of the larger community.
University staff reserves the right to confiscate property/equipment that potentially constitutes a threat to health and safety, and/or has contributed unnecessarily to an environmental disturbance or a violation of policy. Examples include, but are not limited to: alcohol containers, candles, incense, paraphernalia, pets, weapons/ammunition, stereos, sports equipment, etc. If it is necessary for property to be confiscated, it may or may not be returned at the time a student is able to take it home.
Extension Cords/Surge Protectors
Multiple plug bar outlets with a circuit breaker, or “surge protector” power strips are recommended for computers and other sensitive electronic equipment. The University is not responsible for electrical surges, interruptions or damage that occurs as a result.
This policy applies to students who self-administer medication including, but not limited to, insulin, shots for clotting factors, etc. Students are required to dispose of all needles and syringes in a medical waste container, provided at no charge by the Birkam Health Center. The medical waste container must be returned to the Health Center by the student when it becomes full, and/or at the end of each term (whichever comes first). Students needing assistance obtaining or returning containers are encouraged to contact the Birkam Health Center.
Windows and Screens/Freezing Pipes
Pipes may freeze and break if a window is left open and/or the heat is turned off during cold weather. Residents will be held responsible for any loss or damages that result from such negligence.
To enhance the safety and well being of all students, the University has installed smoke detectors in each room, suite, and apartment.
When fire alarms are activated, all occupants must evacuate the building. When evacuating, occupants should take the following action:
Residents must wait outside the building until a member of the staff indicates they may return. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm is a serious violation of University policy.
Understanding the terminology used in cases of inclement weather is important. Please take note of the procedures used for safety.