Student Handbook - Campus Safety Rules

Life Safety Violations

As stated in Life Safety Policies, the abuse of any life safety equipment in any campus building or facility is a serious violation of College policy.

All residence halls are equipped with fire extinguishers. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that the extinguishers are not tampered with in any manner. If you are uncertain how to properly use the extinguisher, contact Campus Fire Safety. If you suspect that there is a problem with an extinguisher, contact Campus Safety immediately. If you have cause to discharge your extinguisher for fire control, you must immediately advise your Residential Life Student Staff Member and the Campus Safety Department to report the fire and use of the extinguisher. If an extinguisher is missing, discharged for other than a fire or a non-reported fire, or tampered with in any way to cause the extinguisher to be inoperable or unavailable for emergency use, the occupant(s) of the floor/room will be charged for the cost of replacement and/or recharging and be served with a notice of violation.

False fire alarms and willful damaging of any life safety equipment is not only an inconvenience to fellow students but constitutes a real danger. Fire extinguishers, pull stations, alarm bells, smoke and heat detectors and alarm panels are in place for your safety. Use of these systems for other than fire emergencies, abuse of these systems or the intentional causing of a false fire alarm will result in a fine and possible dismissal from College housing. (Tampering includes moving, modifying, obstructing or in anyway altering life safety equipment).

Any open flame is not permitted in any residence hall or campus building. The intentional setting of any fire or producing an open flame in any building that is not authorized or designed for a recognized and accepted purpose and practiced with proper safety precautions in effect, will result in the filing of conduct charges.

The use of extension cords and multiple outlet plug adapters (Octopus Cords) is strictly prohibited. Such use will result in a fine and confiscation of the cord and/or plug. Power strips with overload circuit protectors are authorized and may be used.

Television aerials, masts or transmitting devices and refrigerators in excess of five (5) cu. ft. or which draw in excess of three (3) amps to start or in excess of one and one half (1-1/2) amps running are prohibited. Notices of violation may be levied for such violations and the student must remove items immediately and use discontinued.

Items considered contraband, such as but not limited to, candles, butane lighters, high intensity discharge lamps (e.g. halogen) or any of the items listed above will be confiscated and become the property of Union College. The College has the option of disposing of all confiscated items as appropriate. All items that are illegal to possess will be confiscated and will be disposed of in an appropriate manner.

All buildings on campus must be immediately evacuated whenever a fire or general alarm sounds in the building. Intentional evading or refusal to evacuate will result in notice of violation. In residence halls the Residential Life Student Staff Member and/or Coordinator will go room to room to ensure that evacuation of the residence hall is completed. They may be assisted by Campus Safety staff as required to effect evacuation. In Greek residences and Theme Houses Campus Safety will make a tour of the residence to ensure evacuation procedures are followed. They will be assisted by house officers that are in residence at the time.