The following electrical equipment may be used in the student room: alarm clock, fan, hair dryer, computer, radio, stereo, television, study lamp, typewriter, electric blanket, humidifier. The following may be used in kitchenettes, but not in the student room: coffee maker, iron, popcorn maker, toaster oven, hot plate, hot pot, rice cooker, microwave oven. Only brand name, UL appliances may be used. The following may not be used in any residence hall: any exposed coil heater, heating pads, portable heater, candles, air conditioner. Students are responsible for cleaning dishes and cookware.
Written permission to use candles for religious observances must be obtained form the Office of Residence Life prior to use. Anyone having a lit candle will incur a $500 fine. Any student responsible for a fire started by a burning candle may lose the privilege to live on campus, and will be financially responsible for all associated damages.
Tampering with fire extinguishers or alarms is a serious offense. Persons found tampering with the fire extinguishers or alarms will be charged the replacement/repair costs plus a $100.00 fine and may face disciplinary action. Fire control doors, with automatic door closures, exist in stairwells and hallways. In case of fire, such doors prevent the spread of fire and the dispersal of smoke. Never tamper with these doors; also, never block or prop them open.
During a fire drill or alarm, everyone is required to leave the building, a fine for not doing so is $50.
Fire drills are held three times each academic year to comply with New York State laws and to familiarize students with protective procedures. When the fire alarm sounds, act immediately:
Everyone must respond to the alarm. Do not use an elevator. Think clearly about all the available exits from the building, in case one exit is blocked, so that you can alter your route without causing delay or panic. If you are in the study or social areas, leave by the nearest exit without returning to your room. If you are not in your room at the time, make sure you are accounted for as soon as possible. Refusal to vacate a building during a fire drill or alarm is a serious disciplinary infraction and may result in a fine, suspension, or cancellation of the On Campus Living Agreement.
- Close the windows.
- For protection, put on a coat and wear hard-soled shoes.
- Feel the door for heat to determine that it is safe to enter the corridor.
- Turn off the lights.
- Do not rush. Continued order and quiet is essential.
- Go to the designated exit area as quickly as possible.
- Do not leave the designated area until cleared to do so, so that you may be accounted for.
All residence hall exterior doors will be locked 24 hours a day. Every resident student is issued a key for the front door. You are encouraged to keep your room door and the exterior doors locked at all times. If you answer a request for entry to a residence hall and do not recognize the individual, it is appropriate to ask for a Bard ID or to contact the visitor's host before granting entry.