7 - Fire Safety Equipment

Philosophy and Rationale

The College considers tampering with fire and safety equipment a dangerous act. A student who actively and maliciously engages in tampering, deactivating, or damaging fire safety equipment, or interferes with emergency operations is endangering his/her life and the lives of others. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including disciplinary suspension, as well as possible criminal prosecution.

7.1 A. Candles: Burning of candles and incense is not permitted in the residence hall.

Range of Sanctions: Statement of Concern to Disciplinary Probation

Information: A burnt wick maybe viewed as evidence that a candle was burned in violation of this regulation.

7.1 b. Tampering with fire equipment: Tampering with fire alarms, emergency blue lights, extinguishers, pull stations, smoke/heat sensors, and any other safety devices is prohibited.

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Probation to Disciplinary Expulsion

7.1 c. Any item hung from doorways and/or windows that impedes an individual’s (e.g., emergency personnel) exit is prohibited. In addition not more than 10% of any door surface or wall space may be covered by posters, decorations, or any other item.

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Expulsion

7.1 d. Interfering with emergency operations, such as police, fire, or ambulance personnel in the course of their official duties is prohibited.

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Suspension

Information: Violation of this regulation is also a violation of the NYS Penal Law and may be criminally charged.

7.1 e. Electrical appliances are prohibited in residence halls (e.g., toaster ovens, microwave ovens, extension cords of any type, any cooking equipment {with exception of hot pots, coffee makers, and hot air popcorn poppers}, hot plates, or anything with an open or exposed heating element, amplifiers, or an excessive number of speakers, and air conditioners.)

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Probation

Information: Cooking is permitted in the Townhouse Complex with exception of the use of any appliance with any open or exposed heating element.

7.1 f.Failure to comply with College requirements regarding evacuation of buildings during an alarm or fire drill is prohibited.

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Probation (denial of campus residency may be an appropriate special condition depending on the circumstances involved)

7.1 g. The propping of any fire or exterior door (with any object including a fire extinguisher) is prohibited.

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Probation

7.2 a. Alcohol/drug promotional/decorative items (e.g., beer signs, lamp shades, etc.) are not permitted in residence hall windows, displayed on the outside of room doors, or in public lounges; individuals, organizations, teams, or clubs are not allowed to use images of alcohol (e.g., flyers, posters, and/or by electronic means) to promote events or their organizations. Favors to commemorate specific campus events for students under 21 may not include beer mugs, wine glasses, brandy glasses, flasks, shot glasses, or other alcohol-related paraphernalia to promote events or their organizations.

Range of Sanctions: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Probation

7.2 b. Alcohol Paraphernalia: (e.g., kegs, beer balls, taps) are not permitted on campus. In addition, students under the age of 21, the possession of other alcohol paraphernalia (e.g., cans bottles, empty cases) is also prohibited.

Range of Sanction: Disciplinary Warning to Disciplinary Probation.