RESIDENCE LIFE SAFETY AND SECURITY GUIDELINES (For complete information on St. Mary’s Residence Life policies, please refer to www.stmarytx.edu/reslife/ and click on “The Handbook”. For more information about general safety and security, please visit the St. Mary’s University Police website, www.stmarytx.edu/police/ .) Hall Security 1. Residents should always lock their room doors and carry their keys. 2. To assist in protecting all residents, all exterior building doors are locked 24 hours a day. Students found propping doors open will be subject to disciplinary action as this behavior endangers all community members. 3. Other inappropriate behavior includes duplicating or loaning your key. Please refer to Article II: Section L in the Residence Life Handbook on keys. 4. Residents may not use windows as entrances or exits. Safety screens may not be opened except in the case of emergency evacuation. 5. Residents should not display their name or other identifying information on their room windows or doors. 6. University Police and Residence Life staff encourage all students to report any suspicious activity in or around the residence halls to the University Police at ext. 3330. Fire or Emergency Safety The following are guidelines residents should follow as precautions in an emergency or fire: 1. Know two exits from your hallway. Fire evacuation plans are located on the back of your room door in TR, CH, MA, DO, and LO. Notify your RA if this plan is missing. This plan should not be covered or removed. 2. Do not obstruct doors or hallways since it could mean the difference between life and death for someone escaping a fire. 3. Never leave personal belongings or trash in the hallway. 4. Do not tamper with fire alarms, fire extinguishers or smoke detectors. This is a serious crime. Misuse of any fire safety equipment will result in disciplinary action and a $200.00 fine. 5. MANDATORY: In the event of an alarm, all residents must evacuate the building through the nearest exit as quickly as possible. Once outside, move away from the building to the gathering spot for that building. Failure to comply with an alarm or with the instructions of university staff will result in disciplinary action. 6. Do not return to the building until the University Police or Residence Life staff has indicated it is safe to do so. 7. The lives of community members and your own life depend on the proper operation of fire safety equipment. Do not, under any circumstance, tamper with smoke or heat detectors, sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, or any alarm system. Students found tampering with such equipment can be subject to criminal prosecution, fines, and disciplinary action. It is a Class C misdemeanor with fines up to $2000 to tamper with fire equipment as ref: 1994 Uniform Fire Code, Sec. 1001.6.2. Recommended Appliances and Restricted Items Cooking is not permitted in lounges, lobbies or hallways, except in a Residence Life provided microwave oven. Never leave an appliance which is in use unattended. 1. The appliances listed below are always permitted: Blenders and mixers Hot air popcorn maker Microwave ovens (max 1.4 cu. ft.) Refrigerators (max. 4.5 cu. ft.) Toasters (NOT toaster ovens) 2. Appliances with exposed heating elements or open flames are not permitted. These items include but are not limited to the following: Electric Skillets Hot plates Hot pots Popcorn poppers that use oil Single burners (w/coil heating element Toaster ovens. 3. Items that are ALWAYS RESTRICTED: The following items have been identified as fire hazards due to their exposed heating elements or open flames and therefore are never permitted: Candles Halogen Light Fixtures Incense Potpourri Burners (either with candles or electrical plugs) Soldering Irons NOTE: If any restricted item is found in a room, that item will be confiscated.