Safety and Security
The Residence Life office knows that safety and security are important issues. We believe it takes a partnership among Residence Life procedures, our staff and students to maintain our reputation as a safe campus. Below are highlights of the multiple security measures in the residence halls.
- Most front doors are locked at 9 p.m., but some halls are locked 24/7. In order to enter the hall after the front doors lock, a resident must use his or her hall security key or a student ID for card-access halls.
- Interior hallway doors leading to residential areas are locked 24/7 and require a key or student ID for access.
- After 9 p.m., all guests must be signed in at the front desk.
- Staff is accessible 24 hours a day.
- Each hall has two resident assistants on duty every night. During the evening they walk the building to be attentive to safety and security concerns.
- Each night there are four hall directors/graduate assistants on duty for campus. They are there to consult with resident assistants on duty and assist with major events.
- Each room is equipped with a smoke detector that is checked in August, December and April.
- Fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations are located in multiple locations in each hall.
- On the back of each room door is a schematic showing the nearest exit and identifying the reassembly location for residents should they need to evacuate the hall.
- Unannounced fire drills are conducted eight times per year.
- Video cameras are located in elevators, the lobby and in some hallways and stairwells.
- Tornado shelters are located throughout the residence hall system.
- We maintain a close working relationship with the Department of Public Safety, the campus police.
How Students Can Do Their Part
- Lock your room door when not at home and at night while sleeping.
- Keep your keys with you at all times.
- Do not loan your keys to others.
- Report lost room keys immediately.
- Report suspicious people to hall staff.
- Use designated entrances when entering the hall.
- Do not prop doors.
- Do not let individuals you do not know into the building.
- Read and understand hall and University policies.
- Look out for one another.