Excerpts from The Key concerning Fire Safety
Fire Safety -Rules, Prohibited Equipment / Devices and Related Fines (p.71)
Fire extinguishers, heat and smoke detectors, pull stations, sprinkler heads and pipe, automatic door closers, evacuation signs, exit signs, smoke free building signs and emergency lights are all considered "life safety devices". Tampering with, vandalizing, or misuse of any of these devices is a chargeable Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia (punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine) and is considered a serious life safety offense by the College. This includes intentionally setting off a fire alarm (activating a pull station) when there is no fire, covering a smoke detector or sprinkler head, falsely reporting a fire, or the setting of a fire. The lighting of fireworks is considered hazardous and is strictly prohibited. Violation of any of these rules may result in a fine assessed by the Fire Safety Department or immediate eviction from the residence hall for a period to be determined by the Dean of Students and the Chairman of the Student Court and the possibility of other serious disciplinary action.
Life safety violations generally carry a fine as well as any repair costs. The fine associated with life safety violations is currently $250 per violation and are assessed by the Fire Safety Department. These fines are minimal and can be increased by the Chairman of the Student Court and the Dean of Students at any time based upon the special circumstances surrounding a particular event.
Authorized College personnel have the right to conduct room inspections to ascertain safety conditions and room damages at all times. There will be one safety inspection of all student living areas each semester by HSC fire safety inspectors and one inspection of student living areas once a year by the State Fire Marshal.
Fire Safety and Fire Drills (p.72)
The College places a high priority on residence hall, apartment, cottage, and fraternity house safety. Twice each semester fire drills are held and everyone is expected to cooperate with the RAs and house managers who act as fire marshals. As described above, serious penalties are assessed against those violating fire and safety regulations or who in any way create a danger for others. Violations include failure to leave a building when an alarm is sounded (smoke detector going off, or notice from a RA, or other responsible official), and / or failure to cooperate with officials during a fire or fire drill. Resident advisors are to establish a meeting place for their residents at least fifty feet from the building and determine who is not present, if it is suspected that a student may be inside the building this information shall be immediately shared with fire and rescue personnel. In addition to the fire drills a minimum of one safety inspection will be made in student living areas each semester. These inspections will be performed by College staff and penalties may be assessed by the Fire Safety Department, Chairman of the Student Court and the Dean of Students if violations are discovered.
Personal Fire Safety (p.73)
As a resident of a residence hall, cottage, or fraternity house at Hampden-Sydney College, you have a responsibility to acquaint yourself with the following fire and fire drill procedures.
Become familiar with all routes of escape available to you from your room. Most buildings are equipped with an evacuation plan. Become familiar with it. Should a fire occur, it will be too late to search for an exit. If you detect a fire in your residence hall, evacuate the building and report it to the police and your RA immediately. The police dispatcher can be contacted by dialing 911 on any college phone.
If you hear the sounding of an alarm you should:
Smoking is not permitted in any Residence Hall, Fraternity House, or College-Owned apartment or cottage, or Settle Hall, including the Tiger Inn.
You are not allowed to possess unauthorized cooking equipment, to include any kind of oven or toaster oven, hot plate or cooking unit, electric grill (George Foreman), skillet, fryer, or cooker, hot dog cookers, hamburger cookers or toasters. Sanctions include confiscation of equipment. No cooking is allowed on grills or other implements on fire escapes, windowsills, stairwell landings or balconies etc. Grills must be charcoal grills and can only be used on concrete patios, parking areas, or lawns; ten feet or more from any structure. Grills cannot be used on decks or porches.
The following appliances are permissible: one half-size refrigerator and one microwave oven per student room; coffee pots and coffee makers with thermostats; popcorn poppers; and blenders.
from The Key 2011-12 posted 6-11-2011