One of the most important functions of the Residence Life Office is providing for the safety and security of residents who live in undergraduate housing. The issue of safety and security is one that is constantly at the forefront of all of our activities, including:
- Staffing: A reliable staffing structure has been developed to make sure that staff are always available, and that staff members always have backup and support from supervisors.
- Training: Both in fall training and throughout the academic year, staff members receive instruction on procedures related to safety issues and resources to help them respond to emergencies.
- Programming: Much of the department's programming resources are dedicated to teaching students about safety and security issues on campus and beyond.
- Policy Enforcement: Enforcement includes conducting fire safety inspections, enforcing the visitation and escort policies, un-propping doors, and bringing students through the judicial process when they engage in acts that threaten the safety of themselves or others. It also includes monitoring the physical condition of the buildings and reporting any maintenance concerns that could pose a safety threat.
Tornado and/or Severe Weather Drills to help prepare residential students and staff will be conducted during the spring semester. All Residence Life staff are trained to be knowledgeable about the proper procedures to follow and the appropriate shelter areas in order to assist residents during the drills.
Emergency weather locations are generally in the lowest possible level of the facility, in an interior corridor or room away from windows. If residents are unable to move to the designated location, they should be instructed to move to a stairwell or interior corridor away from windows or glass. If residents are unable to leave their rooms they should be instructed to get down on the floor and cover their head. Residence Life staff will be instructed to inform students once the warning has passed.