Safety and Security

Fire Safety

  1. Unannounced fire evacuation drills will be held regularly throughout the school year in each residence hall. Students or guests who fail to exit the halls, attempt to re-enter the building without permission of proper authorities or fail to comply with College officials will be subject to disciplinary action and the assessment of fines.
  2. Tampering with fire safety equipment or fire alarms is a violation of State Law, as well as college policy. Persons found in violation will be subject to severe disciplinary action.
  3. Fire detection units should not be covered or blocked at any time.
  4. For reasons of fire safety, the following items are not permitted in student rooms: Space heaters, halogen lamps, non UL rated lamps, any non UL rated decorations requiring electricity, sun lamps/tanning beds, toaster ovens, hot plates, candles with or without wicks, decorative candles, incense, candle warmers, tart burners, non-light bulb potpourri burners, scented oil burners, live/cut Christmas Trees and Wreaths.
  5. Unauthorized possession, storage or use of hazardous or dangerous weapons, explosive components or substances including, but not limited to, firearms, fireworks, and chemical materials such as gasoline/fuels, kerosene or compressed gases/air in College residence halls is specifically forbidden and, therefore, subject to severe disciplinary action.
  6. Do not hang anything from the sprinkler heads. This will cause damage to the system that will be charged to the occupants of that suite/room. Additionally, decorations or objects hung on the walls must be at least 18 inches from the ceiling.
  7. Fire safety tips:
  8. Know where alarm pull stations are in your building
  9. Know all of the exits and evacuation plans to your building
  10. If you discover smoke or fire
  11. Sound the alarm and call 911
  12. If you are in a burning building
    • Close the window
    • Close the door
    • Go to the nearest exit or stairs (if you are in a smoke-filled area, keep low to the floor)
    • Leave the building immediately
  13. In case of fire, notify the Resident Assistant and pull the local fire alarm located nearest to your location. (Make a mental note of the location of fire alarms so you will know exactly where they are if needed.) Upon hearing the alarm, all residents should close their windows and doors, leaving them unlocked, and if safe passage is possible, proceed to a safe area a distance away from the building and await further instructions. If safe passage is not possible, residents should wait in their rooms with doors closed. Anyone caught turning in a false alarm will be subject to disciplinary measures.

Firearms and Weapons

Students or guests may not store firearms, lethal weapons including air and gas operated guns and blowguns, knives with blades longer than 4″, bows or other weapons of any kind in their rooms or vehicles. This includes gunpowder or reloading substances. Students or guests storing such items will face possible eviction. Locked storage for firearms is available by contacting the Campus Police Office.

Fireworks

Possession or use of fireworks within the city limits of Sheridan, which includes the Sheridan College campus, is illegal. Fireworks can be dangerous as well as a fire hazard and are not be used or stored in students’ rooms.

Health and Safety Inspections

Upon prior notice, the Office of Residential Education and Housing, Campus Police and/or Facilities Management will conduct periodic room inspections to help insure that all residents are in compliance with health, fire, and safety guidelines. General room inspections will indicate violations and will advise students of how to correct violations. Failure to correct violations may result in an applicable fine, confiscation of property and/or judicial action.

Motor Vehicles

Motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, etc., must be parked in the main parking areas. They may not be parked on the cement landing outside the doors of the residence halls, nor may they be taken into or stored in the residence halls. The speed limit on campus is 20 mph. Students are asked to exercise special caution near staff residences and family housing where young children are present.

Outside Doors

Residence hall front doors will be locked at all times, with the exception of special events that require the doors to be unlocked for access by campus guests.  Wing doors in Founders and South Hall, and second floor hallway doors in Kearney and Connor, are locked at 11 PM.  Swipe cards or keys to rooms in these areas will open the hallway doors. Anyone entering these areas after 11 PM must be accompanied by a resident of the area. Alarms are in place on the back door of each of the halls. These doors will be locked at all times. Additional security measures will be taken during vacation periods. Doors should never be propped open once they are locked. Students caught propping doors will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible eviction.

Smoke Detectors

All rooms are equipped with electric smoke detectors. For your protection and that of other residents, keep smoke detectors in working order. Students and guests will be fined if alarms are found disturbed in any way. The cost to repair electric smoke detectors is approximately $30 each.

Valuables

During vacations or holidays, all items of value, such as stereo equipment and cameras should be checked in at the Campus Police Office. The College assumes no responsibility for loss of money, valuables or personal belongings of any student or guest. This includes damage caused by power failure, electrical malfunction, water, fire or smoke damage, and equipment malfunctions.

Hallways and Exits

By order of the Fire Marshal, hallways and exits must be kept clear of boxes, bicycles, laundry and other personal belongings. Such items are subject to confiscation and the student-owner will receive a write-up.

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

For information about crime statistics on campus and about campus security policies and procedures, students are referred to the publication entitled “Safety and Security,” which is updated annually and is available online at http://www.sheridan.edu/site/sc/college-services/campus-police/campus-safety/.