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Reminder: Thanksgiving recess begins at 10:00 p.m. on November 26th.
FIRE SAFETY POLICIES
As noted on the Residence Life Web page, in the Student Handbook, and/or the Housing Contract:
Resident Student Guide (www.smcm.edu/residencelife)
Antenna, Electrical Wiring, Fire Safety,and Appliances
Residents are not permitted to install outdoor antennas or other devices on the exterior of any residence hall, suite, apartment, or townhouse or in adjacent trees or shrubbery. Under no circumstances may the electrical wiring in a room be altered. Installation or alteration of electrical equipment is prohibited. Fires in student rooms have resulted from electrical defects or careless use of electrical appliances. The following are the ONLY appliances which may be operated in student rooms:answering machine, clock, computer and printer, curling iron, electric blanket (with heat control), electric curlers, fan, hair dryer, hot pot (must have closed heating element), iron, lamp (except halogen*), popcorn popper,refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet capacity, only one per room), radio, sewing machine, shaver, stereo equipment, television, typewriter, VCR.
Students living in the suites, apartments,or townhouses are permitted to have one microwave oven per suite, apartment, or townhouse unit. Students in traditional residence halls are not permitted to have a microwave in their rooms. One is provided in the common area kitchen.
Electrical appliances not included on this list are not allowed and may be confiscated and stored at the student's expense. No appliances may have an exposed heating element. All appliances must be UL-approved. Candles and incense are not permitted due to the danger of open flame and unattended heat sources. Window air conditioners are permitted only for those students with approved medical reasons who have received written permission from the Health Center and the Associate Dean of Students.
* Halogen lamps have been responsible for a number of housing fires across the country. Halogen bulbs burn three times as hot as incandescent bulbs. They are not permitted at SMCM.
Health and Safety (H&S) Inspections
Residence Life staff will conduct health and safety inspections when we close for Thanksgiving Break (November), Winter Break (December), and Spring Break (March). We will focus on fire safety concerns, health & safety issues, cleanliness issues, and use these inspections in an effort to reduce end-of-the-year damage billing. If we nip potential problems earlier than May, it will help with the transition from academic year to summer-housing use, thus reducing the amount of time we spend on room inspections and damage billing.
Staff members will post notification flyers at least three days prior to each H&S inspection. Staff will write in the specific date and time of the inspection (residents do not need to be present). Staff will do a visual inspection of the room and will not open drawers or closets. Staff will be checking for:
General cleanliness (especially in the apartment and townhouse kitchens and bathrooms)
Disabled smoke detectors
Overloaded electrical outlets
Tapestries blocking lights, smoke detectors,doors, windows
Evidence of pets, smoking,candles, incense
Unauthorized appliances or lofts
General cleanliness of the area
Obvious damage to College property
Belongings improperly stored in HVAC closets (Townhouses only)
Condition of the carpet (Townhouses only)
Properly charged fire extinguishers (Apartments and Townhouses only)
RAs will note issues and concerns initially, share this information with residents, give the residents two to three days to correct the problems and then re-inspect. While residents may not make repairs to holes, etc., they must remove all other problems cited, such as tapestries, microwave, pets, etc. If the corrections are not completed, the RA will submit an incident report for follow-up.
The inspections will take place as follows:
The Tuesday before Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Closing)
The Friday after fall semester final exams end (Winter Break Closing)
The Friday we close for Spring Break (Spring Break Closing)
Students may decorate their rooms and hallways for holidays.
1. All decorations must be UL-approved and marked"flame resistant" or "flame retardant."
2. Live trees and greenery, and decorations containing crepe paper or pyroxylin plastics may not be used.
3. Nothing should be attached to or touch the ceilings or floors, especially in the hallways (exception: decorations with a stand securely placed on the floor).
4. Open flames are not permitted.
5. Twinkle lights may be strung along the walls.
6. One extension cord per outlet is permitted,with only one device plugged into the cord (that is, the cord is NOT there to provide additional outlets) and is only temporary, not stretched across doors, floors, under rugs, etc.
7. Nothing should block a light fixture or smoke detector at any time.
8. Students are not permitted to decorate exitdoors, door handles, electrical equipment (including lights, panels, and switches),fire protection equipment (including alarms, extinguishers, lights, panels, or smoke detectors), stairs, stairwells, and windows.
Due to fire safety regulations, students are not permitted to block light fixtures or smoke detectors with tapestries or other material. Because windows and doors must be accessible in the event of a fire, students may not hang material in a manner so as to block easy access to these egress points.
St. Mary's College of Maryland establishes the following policy regarding the smoking and use of tobacco products. The Governor's Executive Order(01.01.1992.20) establishes guidelines upon which the St. Mary's policy is based.
Smoking or carrying any lighted tobacco product is prohibited in all state buildings and facilities.
B. State Vehicles
State employees are prohibited from smoking in state vehicles.
C. Residence Halls, Suites, Apartments, and Townhouses
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of all residential facilities.
All employees and students share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy and have the responsibility for bringing it to the attention of visitors.
B. Conflict resolution
The Office of Human Resources is responsible for resolving conflicts and investigating claims of employees. The judicial affairs adviser is responsible for resolving conflicts and investigating claims of students.
C. Disciplinary procedures
1. For an employee found in noncompliance, the following shall result:
a) For the first offense: be directed to HumanResources for counseling on the provisions of the Executive Order (verbal warning).
b) For the second offense: be given a written reprimand.
c) For a third offense: receive a suspension.
d) For a fourth or subsequent offense: may result in termination of employment.
2. For a student found in noncompliance, the following shall result:
a) For the first two offenses: a verbal warning will be issued each time.
b) For a third offense: an incident report will be forwarded to the Coordinator of Judicial Affairs for adjudication.
Use of Premises: Residents may not use or permit the use of their rooms, the buildings, or any residential facility for any illegal or commercial purposes. The sale of goods and services is not allowed in the residences unless a permit is obtained in advance from the Office of Residence Life. Structural modification to student rooms is not permitted. Only College-provided lofts are permitted in the buildings. Cooking is not permitted in student rooms with the exception of the kitchens in the townhouses and apartments. The unauthorized use of or tampering with emergency or fire equipment or any other College property is subject to immediate suspension from assigned housing, revocation of this contract and all housing privileges, judicial action, and civil and criminal action.