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2016–17 A to Z Guide to Residence Hall and Furnished Apartment Living

Information to make your life easier.

Your Room

Administrative Room Changes

RPS administration reserves the right to move a resident from his/her room assignment to another assignment if it is believed the resident poses an imminent threat of physical or emotional harm to an individual, physical harm to property, or a significant threat to the stability of the community. In most cases, this move will be made pending a conduct hearing.

Also, residents of Learning Communities can be administratively moved to another assignment if they fail to meet specific expectations of their community, including failing to enroll in and successfully complete academic coursework required for participation in certain Learning Communities.

Checking In & Out

Student rooms and furnishings must be returned to their original condition before you move out. If a room requires restoration or repair before it can be assigned to another student, the cost of this work will be billed to the immediate past resident(s) of the room. The work may include painting, repair to walls and ceilings, and the repair or replacement of room furnishings.
To minimize room damage:

  • Carefully examine your assigned room when moving in. When checking in, you will receive a Room Condition Report (RCR) form. Complete and return the form as directed by your residence hall staff. If a resident fails to return their RCR, they forfeit the right to appeal, accepting any charges incurred at move-out.
  • Report all room damages or needed repairs at the center desk immediately.
  • Before moving out, follow all move-out procedures provided by your residence hall, which may include a room inspection by staff. End of semester check-out procedures may be received through email or at closing meetings hosted by each RA/CM. If a resident fails to check out properly, they accept any charges incurred and forfeits the right to appeal. Center management will make a final determination of any charges.
  • Residents will be held financially responsible for all damage to the room and furnishings they were assigned. University disciplinary action may also be taken.
  • Residents are responsible for keeping the room safe and sanitary. Deteriorated conditions in the room or its furnishings should immediately be reported to the center desk.

Heating & Air-Conditioning

During the spring and fall, it may be difficult to regulate heating and cooling consistently in most residence halls. Briscoe, Eigenmann, Forest, Foster, McNutt, Teter, Union Street Center, Spruce, and Willkie have thermostats in student rooms and apartments, but the other buildings do not. Ashton has window air conditioners in student rooms.

All window units should not be operated when outside temperatures fall below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps prevent damage to the units. Additionally, windows should be closed when air conditioners are running. Keeping windows closed reduces moisture in the room. The heat and cool cannot be switched back and forth in the buildings. The heating and cooling systems will switch according to the calendar and long-range weather forecast.

In cold weather, take care to avoid causing the heating unit or radiator to freeze. Units should not be turned off, and windows should not be left open for prolonged periods of time. Students may be held accountable for damaged heating/cooling units.

Students should not block the units in their rooms. Blocking units will disrupt proper airflow.

The filters in these units are changed twice per year.

Modifications

RPS wants all residents to feel comfortable and to personalize their residence hall space, but we also want everyone in the residence halls to be safe. These room modification guidelines ensure the safety of all students.

  • Your proposed changes must be submitted in writing to the residence manager of your residence hall and approved before any changes are made.
  • Painting is not permitted.
  • Only authorized University employees may make changes to the electrical system and wiring in the residence halls.
  • Furniture or other items may not be attached to or supported by walls, existing fixtures, or furniture in your room. Beds may be reconfigured by contacting Housing Assignments at housing@indiana.edu.
  • Furniture must not obstruct doors or windows at any time. Doors and windows must be accessible and operational at all times to be used as a means of exit or entry, especially in emergency situations.
  • All furniture provided by the university in your room or apartment must stay in your room or apartment.
  • Carpeting must have a flame-spread rating and smoke-contribution rating which complies with the Indiana Fire Code. Commercial carpet should be tagged or marked with this information.
  • Hanging lights, sheets, or other objects from the ceiling is not permitted.
  • Decorative lights are not to be hung over windows, near curtains or other fabrics.
  • All provided window treatments (draperies or blinds) are flame retardant and should not be replaced or modified.
  • Highly flammable decorative materials (e.g., fishnets, curtains, or paper) cannot be used.
  • You are responsible for restoring your room to its original, acceptable condition when you move out (furniture does not have to be set back up in its original configuration).

Pest Control

RPS has professional licensed pest control services available. These state-licensed specialists are available to respond to any unexpected problems with insects and other pests. If you encounter a problem, do not attempt to deal with the problem yourself. Please notify your center desk or the staff member on duty.

Room Entry

The right of individuals to be secure in their persons, living quarters, papers, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure is constitutionally guaranteed and extends to students in the academic community. No provision in the housing contract gives residence hall officials the authority to consent to a search of a resident's room or apartment by police or other government officials.

There are circumstances in which authorized persons using the approved procedures outlined below may enter a residential room or apartment. These special cases include law enforcement, custodial services, health and safety inspections, room repair and maintenance, emergency situations, and probable cause searches:

  • Any law enforcement agency having jurisdiction may, in performing its statutory duties, conduct a search by legally defined procedures governing search and seizure.
  • Authorized University custodial personnel may enter residents' rooms or apartments to perform the routine custodial services provided as a part of a housing contract.
  • Authorized University personnel performing health and safety inspections may enter a room or apartment to ensure all health, fire, and safety regulations are being followed. Whenever possible, residents will be given at least 24-hour notice of these inspections.
  • Authorized University maintenance personnel may enter a room to make improvements or repairs, to provide routine maintenance services, and to recover university-owned property. Whenever possible, residents will be given at least 24-hour notice of these inspections.
  • Authorized University personnel responding to an emergency may enter a room or apartment to protect a resident's health and welfare or to make emergency repairs to prevent property damage.
  • Authorized University officials may enter a room or apartment when there is probable cause to believe violations of university or civil regulations are being committed, and a delay in procuring a search warrant would endanger the health and safety of the residents, or result in the probable destruction of evidence. Probable cause means having reasonable grounds for suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a cautious person's belief that a party is committing an illegal act.
  • Other members of the university staff may enter student rooms under the conditions described in the Indiana University Residence Hall Housing Contract.

Room Entry Procedures for Maintenance

When the room(s) to be searched are occupied, probable cause searches will follow these guidelines:

  • No student room or apartment shall be entered without knocking, whether the door is locked, unlocked, or ajar.
  • The university official will identify himself or herself and state why the entry is desired. If the door is closed, the official will then request the door be opened.
  • If the door is not opened or the official is refused entry:
    • The official will knock again and restate personal identification and the reason the entry is desired.
    • State the intention to use a key, card, or code to enter if the door is not opened.
    • Wait at least two minutes to allow the occupant(s) sufficient time to awaken, dress, or to make a rational decision whether to allow entrance to the room or apartment and then, if necessary, use a key, card, or code to enter.
    • State again, upon entering the room or apartment, the purpose of the entry or search, the fact that it is being conducted by probable cause, and the identity of the specific objects being sought.
  • When authorized university personnel or their agents must enter a student's room or apartment when no occupants are present, two staff members should be present, if possible. Students will be notified of such entries and the reasons for them upon their return. In all instances, such entries shall be made only for the purposes listed above and In the contract.

Room Entry Procedures for Probable Cause Searches

Probable cause searches of resident rooms will follow these guidelines:

  • Residence hall staff will notify IUPD where there is probable cause to believe violations of university or civil rights regulations are being committed.
  • No student room or apartment shall be entered without knocking, whether the door is locked, unlocked, or ajar.
  • The university official will identify themselves and state why the entry is desired. If the door is closed, the official will then request the door be opened.
  • If the door is not opened or the official is refused entry, the official will knock again and restate personal identification and the reason entry is desired.
  • State the intention to use a key, card, or code to enter if the door is not opened.
  • State again, upon entering the room or apartment, the purpose of the entry or search, the fact that it is being conducted by probable cause, and the identity of the specific objects being sought.

The items below apply whether or not the room or apartment to be searched is occupied at the time of the search.

  • Only items specifically prohibited or that pose an immediate danger to the health and safety of the residents will be removed from a student's room without the express permission of the owner.
  • The university official conducting the search is free to seize illegal materials in "plain view." However, the extent of the search must be in keeping with the factual information upon which the probable cause for the search is founded. If an extensive search is required (i.e., opening all drawers, luggage, and locked boxes) and the student has not given permission, a search warrant may be obtained. All evidence seized during searches complying with the above regulations may be used in university disciplinary hearings for violations of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Evidence seized in violation of the search standards may not be used. A student who believes this policy has been violated should report the incident to the Office of the Dean of Students.

When authorized university personnel or their agents must enter a student's room or apartment when no occupants are present, and two staff members should be present, if possible. Students will be notified of such entries and the reasons for them upon their return. In all instances, such entries shall be made only for purposes listed above and in the contract.

Storage

Due to space and safety limitations, the residence halls do not provide storage. The only space available is your room.

Window Screens

Window screens must be secured at all times. You may be charged for the replacement of unfastened, damaged, removed, or missing window screens from your room.

Union Street Center

Alcohol Policy

Anyone 21 years of age or older may consume alcohol in their apartment. No one under 21 can consume alcohol anywhere in the complex. Consuming alcohol is never allowed in the public areas of the complex, regardless of age. Refer to Indiana University Residence Hall Rules & Regulations at the end of this booklet for more information.

Building & Apartment Access

The entry doors to Cedar will be unlocked when the center desk is open. The entries to the other buildings will always be locked. Residents may enter any building at any time by swiping their IU ID card through a reader on the exterior doors. Residents in Cedar will have to swipe their card in a reader to access residential floors from the elevators.

Apartment entry doors will also be operated by a card reader. Locks on doors within an apartment will have a keypad requiring a four- or five-digit code. It is possible to set these doors to remain unlocked when the door is closed. Residents will receive their code at check in.

Cleaning Services

The entry doors to Cedar will be unlocked when the center desk is open. The entries to the other buildings will always be locked. Residents may enter any building at any time by swiping their IUID card through a reader on the exterior doors. Residents in Cedar will have to swipe their card in a reader to access residential floors from the elevators.

Apartment entry doors will also be operated by a card reader. Locks on doors within an apartment will have a keypad requiring a four- or five-digit code. It is possible to set these doors to remain unlocked when the door is closed. Residents will receive their code at check in.

Community Management Staff

Community managers are upperclassmen or veteran RPS staff members who have served as a resident assistant or floor manager for at least one year. Each building of Union Street Center has a community manager.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Knowing each resident in the building.
  • Mediating conflicts between residents.
  • Providing community social programs.
  • Serving as a resource person.
  • Working with the center management team to advise student groups like the judicial board and student government.

Drains: Stopped or Clogged

Most of the time, a plunger will open a stopped drain. Please do not try to clear a clogged drain with drain-cleaning chemicals. Members of our plumbing staff have been injured by these chemicals. Inform the staff if you have used a chemical drain cleaner and leave a note by the sink informing the plumbers a chemical has been used in the drain.

Equipment & Appliances

You are responsible for the proper care of the appliances and equipment in the apartment. All apartments are equipped with window coverings, which are flame retardant and should not be replaced or modified without prior authorization. No appliances or equipment may be removed from the apartment for storage or other purposes unless authorized in writing by the manager. Due to the potential for property damage, water beds are not permitted in the apartments.

Garbage Disposal

When using the garbage disposal, leave the water on for 10 – 15 seconds after the grinding has ended to flush the drain. Do not place grease or hard fibrous waste (e.g., bones, fruit pits, corn husks, pea pods, celery, banana peels) in the disposal. The disposal should be run at least once a week to prevent a clogged drain.

Kitchen Stove & Microwave Oven

  • Maintain the stove and microwave by wiping up spills as they occur and cleaning regularly.
  • Always turn the stove top and oven off when not in use and when no one is in the apartment.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Never use the stove, oven, or microwave as additional storage space.

Heating & Cooling

Each apartment is equipped with one digital thermostat. Residents can adjust the fan speed.

Health & Safety Inspections

Authorized university personnel may periodically conduct health and safety inspections of apartments. These inspections are done to keep the buildings free from fire hazards and pest infestations, and to survey maintenance needs. Repeated violations will be referred for judicial action.

Notifications will be sent to your IUB email account at least three days before the scheduled inspection. Upon request, staff will work with you to make an appointment to perform the inspection.

Maintenance & Repairs

RPS has staff available to respond to apartment housing needs. Please report all problems to the center desk as soon as they become apparent. After-hours emergencies (i.e., loss of water, heat, or electricity) or anything posing a safety or security risk (including electrical hazards, flooding, clogged toilets, or broken glass) should be reported to the center desk.

Other concerns or questions about issues, such as pest control and the condition of equipment and appliances, should be directed to the center desk during business hours.

Trash Removal

Residents are responsible for bagging trash and placing it into the appropriate bin outside the building. Please do not leave bags in hallways, stairwells, or on the ground. Burning trash is prohibited.

If you have a medical condition requiring the use of hypodermic needles, do not dispose of the needles in the trash. The center desk can provide you a Sharps container for disposal of the needles. Return the full container to the center desk for disposal.

Washers

The washers in these apartments are front loading and operate differently than traditional machines. Please read the instructions in your apartment before using.

Academic Support Services

Residential Education Classroom Program

Residence halls are host to many academic classes. Check out the halls with your Academic Advisor or on One.IU. With the exception of Eigenmann, all residence halls have one or more classrooms where more than 500 credit-bearing, university classes are taught during the academic year. Most classes are introductory courses meeting academic requirements for first-year students.

Residential Fellows Program

Residential fellows are faculty, staff, and community members who volunteer their time, friendship, and support to students in the learning communities. Their involvement ranges from meeting students over meals to participating in formal and informal programs, to advising and mentoring students in the community.

Community Living & Services

Bicycles

Bicycles are a great way to get around campus. After all, IU is famous for the Little 500! But if you have a bike, please remember to park in bike racks around the residence halls. Bikes may not be kept in hallways, stairways, or public areas inside the residence halls. If you choose to store your bicycle in your room or apartment, bicycle storage equipment must not damage residence hall property. All bicycles must be legally parked, registered with the university, and display a valid permit, or they can be confiscated. Contact Parking Operations, (812) 855-9848, for more information.

Center Desk

You will find a center desk at each residence hall and apartment complex where staff members provide information and several services to residence hall students. During the academic year when classes are in session, center desk hours are 8 a.m.–midnight on weekdays and 10 a.m.–midnight on weekends. Services and information available at each center desk may include:

  • Parcel and mail delivery.
  • Maintenance requests.
  • Campus mail.
  • Contacting staff.
  • Temporary room access.
  • Event registration information.
  • Visitor parking passes.
  • Vacuums, games, and gaming equipment check-out.

Cleaning & Environmental Operations

This is the group name for custodial service in your residence hall. Service is provided seven days a week. The staff is primarily responsible for maintaining the public areas of the buildings. This includes restrooms, lobbies, hallways, stairwells, laundries, lounges, entries, and some other areas. Residents are responsible for cleaning their rooms. As members of the residence hall community, everyone shares responsibility for keeping the buildings in good condition.

The communal restrooms are cleaned regularly by the Environmental Operations staff. This includes disinfecting all surfaces. RPS provides different restroom cleaning services for private restrooms. Briscoe, Read, and Spruce are cleaned once per week at no charge. Cleaning service is available twice per month for an additional cost at Union Street Center and Willkie.

Cleaning Private & Semi-Private Restrooms

Briscoe private & semi-private custodial service is provided weekly. Toilet paper is also provided, but cleaning supplies are not.

  • Read Semi (Johnettes): Custodial service is not provided. Toilet paper and cleaning supplies are provided.
  • Spruce Private: Free custodial service is provided weekly. Toilet paper is also provided. Cleaning supplies are not.
  • Willkie Semi-Private: Custodial service is available twice a month for a $15 charge. Contact the center desk for more information. Mops and sweepers are available. Toilet paper is not provided.
  • Willkie Full Private: Free custodial service is provided weekly. Toilet paper is also provided. Cleaning supplies are not provided.

Cooking

You are welcome to use the kitchenettes located throughout most residence halls to personally prepare your meals and snacks. So these kitchenettes may be enjoyed by all, residents are expected to clean up after cooking. Residents or communities who do not comply with this expectation may lose their right to use cooking facilities and may be subject to university disciplinary action.

Conduct Board (C-Board)

A Residence Halls Association (RHA) Student Conduct Board exists in every residence hall. There is also a centralized RHA Judicial Board. These student peer groups decide responsibility and action plans for residents who violate IU or residence hall rules and regulations. Contact your residence hall's center desk for more information. Some cases are conducted by a conduct officer instead of the C-Board.

Laundry

Laundry rooms are in the basements of most residential buildings. All washers and dryers in the residence halls are operated by card readers. You may use your CampusAccess card to activate the machines. Money may be added to these cards at Value Transfer Stations (VTS).

Report any mechanical problems with washers or dryers to the center desk, where staff members can help you request refund money from the vendor when appropriate. If clothes are damaged during washing or drying, report the situation to your center desk, where staff members will contact the vendor. The vendor will then contact you regarding restitution. If a card reader is not working properly, contact Campus Card Services at 812-855-8711.

Some residence centers include the cost of laundry in the room rate. Please follow instructions provided to you at check-in to operate washers and dryers.

Lost & Found

If you lose something, report it to the center desk. All found items should be turned in at the center desk, which will keep them for 30 days. Some dining halls also have their own lost and found.

Other campus Lost & Found offices are located at Ballantine HaIl 812-855-7372, the Indiana Memorial Union 812-856-6381, and the Jacobs School of Music 812-855-1613. After 30 days, lost items will be considered abandoned.

Maintenance Problems

Even though the maintenance staff provides routine and preventive service, unforeseeable problems do happen. Don't try to make repairs yourself. Report any maintenance problems in your room or public areas to your center desk or via email. Email addresses for all buildings are available online. If the problem is an emergency occurring after the center desk has closed, contact the center desk via phone. On-call staff answers the center desk phones 24 hours a day when school is in session. When a maintenance problem poses a danger to residents or the risk of property damage, emergency maintenance will be contacted immediately to repair it. All other types of maintenance problems will be taken care of on a priority basis.

Political Campaigning

Student Government: Candidates for student government office may, subject to residence hall election codes, campaign in the residence halls. Policies concerning campaign activities are available at 812-855-1764.

Public Offices: Center Management will develop policies concerning political campaigning by candidates for public office and similar activities providing reasonable access to residential communities. Some general statements regarding political activity in the residence halls follow:

  • The student residence hall communities have the authority through Center Management to establish reasonable conditions under which campaigning and related activity may occur.
  • Legitimate candidates, registrars, pollsters, and their representatives have the right to campaign door-to-door, subject to registration with Center Management.
  • Candidates, registrars, and their representatives should contact the Residence Manager for information concerning policies and procedures in any individual residence hall. Get additional information from the Assistant Director for Student Involvement and the Residence Halls Association.

Residence Halls Association

RHA is the student government body of the residence halls. All undergraduate students living in the residence halls are members of RHA. As a member, each resident pays an activity fee to RHA and is entitled to apply for RHA leadership and employment positions. RHA has executive, legislative, and judicial branches at both the campus and individual residence hall levels. Hundreds of leadership positions are available. For more information, contact the center desk or your residence center email account, or visit student government office at your residence hall, or visit the RHA website.

Residence Managers, Assistant Resident Managers, and House Managers

The daily management of each residence hall is the responsibility of the managers who supervise the staff and direct the business operations. Managers promote community responsibility by maintaining ongoing contact with residents to deal with behavioral problems and to stay informed of residents' views, needs, and issues. They also serve as liaisons between the residents and the RPS administrative staff.

Resident Assistant (RA) & Community Manager (CM)

Resident Assistants and Community Managers are sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students who live with students in the communities to which they are assigned.

RA and CM responsibilities include:

  • Knowing each resident.
  • Serving as resource persons.
  • Familiarizing students with and enforcing university policies and regulations.
  • Mediating conflicts between residents.
  • Helping residents maintain an environment conducive to learning.
  • Assisting residents to improve study techniques and personal problem-solving skills.
Union Street Center and Willkie Residence Center have Community Managers.

Use of Facilities by Student Groups

Student groups can reserve public areas in the residence halls and outdoors next to the buildings. Contact the center desk of each center for more information.

Waste Management & Recycling

All residence centers have a recycling program. Each floor has containers to collect mixed paper, plastics 1–7, aluminum, and glass. These containers are located in the floor lounge or waste/recycle room on the floor. In all center lobbies, there are collection containers for recycling printer toner cartridges and household batteries. All residence centers have a student environmentalist called an "eco-rep" who is responsible for monitoring the program. If you would like more information or are interested in being involved, contact your residence hall student government (RHA). It is important for all residents to use the RPS recycling as we seek to minimize waste on campus.

Safety & Security

Asbestos

Because most Indiana University residence halls were built before 1980, some of their construction materials contain asbestos. Briscoe, Willkie, and Eigenmann have been renovated and are asbestos-free. Union Street Center and Spruce Hall are asbestos-free. Materials containing asbestos include floor tiles, linoleum, pipe insulation, and ceilings. These materials present no danger unless they are damaged. Puncturing these materials could cause a release of harmful fibers. Please don't insert nails, hooks, bottle caps, or do anything even slightly damaging to the material. If you notice any damage, please report it to your center desk.

Decorations, Displays & Hazardous substances

While we encourage you to personalize your living space, the safety of everyone in the residence halls must come first. Combustible materials used for decorations and displays present a serious fire hazard.

To prevent fires:
  • Keep your room door free of flammable materials, particularly loose paper. Do not wrap or cover doors with flammable materials.
  • Never prop open any fire doors (doors leading to an enclosed stairwell).
  • Keep window surfaces at least 25 percent clear of all opaque materials (such as aluminum foil, posters, or signs) to assist firefighters in locating the source of any fire.
  • Leave hallway lights and exit signs on at all times.
  • Place no materials over exit signs, fire doors, smoke detectors, sprinklers, or electrical light fixtures, including those in student rooms.
  • Treat all inside decorations using highly combustible materials with a flame-retardant solution. Displays, or decorations of paper, dried vegetation, corrugated cardboard, or light plastics not effectively flame-proofed must be limited to outdoor use and must not be used within 25 feet of any building.
  • Use only insulated, heavy-duty cord, 14- or 12-gauge wire on GFl receptacles in setting up displays. Use no bare conductors. Do not plug one cord into another.
  • Never block exits, hallways, circuit breaker panels, fire hose cabinets, or fire extinguishers with decorations or displays.
  • Do not store or use flammable liquids (with the exception of sealed containers not exceeding an eight-ounce capacity).
  • Use no halogen lamps or lights.
  • All window treatments (draperies or blinds) provided are flame retardant and should not be replaced without prior authorization.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits. Decorations must adhere to the standards applied to all electrical equipment and should not be left on when unattended.

Emergency Preparedness

Each residence hall and apartment building on the IU Bloomington campus has emergency procedures for managing fires, tornadoes, bomb threats or explosions, releases of toxic substances, civil disturbances, and earthquakes. Staff members have been trained to direct and assist residents during these emergencies. All students must be familiar with the designated assembly areas for their residence halls. Students who do not evacuate to these assembly areas during an emergency may face university disciplinary action.

In the event of a bomb threat, explosion, release of a toxic substance, civil disturbance, or earthquake, staff will notify residents and direct them to a safe location. Also, check the Bloomington Campus Emergency Preparedness website. You may register online to receive text alerts from the university's IU Notify system.

Emergency Telephones

Telephones used to call residents to get into the buildings or to get help in the event of an emergency are immediately outside the main entrances to most residence halls and apartment buildings. To contact IUPD from these phones or any phone on campus, dial 9-911 or 911.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

Take all fire alarms seriously! The building must be evacuated immediately. See your RA or CM for specific fire evacuation instructions. Fire drills occur each semester. Anyone discovering a fire should activate the nearest fire pull station and call 911 or 9-911.

  • Wear or gather clothing suitable for the weather if time allows.
  • Close and lock your room door.
  • Exit the building, in an orderly manner, through the nearest smoke-clear stairwell. Never use an elevator during an evacuation.
  • Once outside, go to your designated assembly area and wait for further instructions.
  • If exits are unavailable or inaccessible due to heat or smoke:
    • Close the door and use wet towels or other cloth items to seal around the door.
    • Wave a towel or sheet in front of the window to gain attention.
    • Should air in the room become unbreathable, open or break out the top windowpane and open the bottom of the window approximately four inches. Cover yourself with a wet sheet or blanket and seal off breathing space at the bottom of the window.
    • Listen for instructions from rescuers

Medical Emergency

If a resident or guest requires immediate medical attention, call 911 or 9-911. You should also notify the nearest RA, CM, or the center desk. Residence hall staff members are not permitted to transport students to the hospital.

Safety Problem or Disturbance

If you encounter a safety problem (e.g., broken doors or windows) or a disturbance in a residence hall or apartment building, call the center desk. For fire or injury, call IUPD at 911 or 9-911.

Smoke Detectors & Sprinklers

All student rooms have a smoke detector in them. If the smoke detector in your room continues to beep, notify the center desk. Smoke detectors should not be tampered with. Briscoe, Eigenmann, Spruce, Union Street Center, and Willkie have sprinkler heads in the student rooms. If your room has a sprinkler, do not tamper with it. You are also prohibited from hanging anything from the sprinkler heads.

Tornado & Severe Weather

If severe weather hits the area, residents will be warned by civil defense sirens, local radio and television stations, or IU-Notify.

Here's what to do:

  • A tornado watch indicates conditions necessary for a tornado exist. During a watch, pay attention to radio and TV for additional information.
  • A tornado warning indicates a tornado has been sighted in the area. Be prepared to move to the nearest designated internal assembly area in your building.
  • If the civil defense, radio, or TV sirens sound, this indicates a tornado has been sighted in Monroe County, go immediately to the nearest designated internal assembly area and wait for instructions from staff.
  • Safe locations include interior hallways and interior restrooms designated as safe assembly areas on residential floors. In larger public areas, staff members will direct people to locations constructed of interior walls and are away from glass doors and windows.
  • In general, during a tornado warning or watch, never pull a fire alarm.

Everyone should stay:

  • In the building in a safe area.
  • Away from exterior walls, doors, and windows, including stairwells, lounges, and lobbies.
  • Off elevators.

Video Camera Surveillance

To better ensure the safety and security of our buildings and our residents, many entrances to our residence halls are monitored by video cameras. In rare cases, video cameras will be used in other internal public areas if it is believed they will help promote the safety of our residents.

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