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:
- 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.
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.
During a fire drill or alarm, everyone is required to leave the building, a fine for not doing so is $50.
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