Residence Hall Fire Safety

The following rules and regulations have been established to protect students' lives. Residence Life staff members will regularly conduct room inspections to help keep living conditions healthy and safe. In addition, an annual fire safety inspection will be conducted by state or local fire prevention officials. Student cooperation is appreciated and is a condition for continued residence. These regulations are subject to revision to comply with state and local law. Students should see Campus Fire Safety for additional fire safety information.

Bicycles: Students may keep a bicycle in their room as long as it doesn't block egress or access. Bike racks are available outside residence halls.

Clear Egress from Room: Items may not block or limit access to the door, window, or heating unit. A 36-inch egress must be maintained through the room.

Combustibles: Students are not permitted to have combustible items including, but not limited to, curtains, wooden structures, room dividers, excessive wall coverings (including posters), fabric suspended from walls or ceilings, or holiday decorations (including Christmas trees, wreaths, door coverings).

Personal Electrical Equipment: Cooking appliances, halogen desk lamps, lava lamps, electric blankets, and portable heaters are strictly prohibited in individual student rooms. Cooking appliances are permitted in the lodges (only if stored in a locker and used in the kitchens) and in townhouse kitchens. If students possess any of these appliances, their items will be confiscated, and they may receive demerits and/or a fine. The CIA reserves the right to remove unauthorized or dangerous appliances. Electrical items permitted in rooms must be Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) approved and include televisions, radios, stereo equipment, fans, small coffee makers (with automatic shut-off), blender, hand mixer, food processor, personal computers, desk lamps (except halogen), razors, irons (with automatic shut-off), hairdryers, hair curlers (with automatic shut-off), toothbrushes, and clocks. The CIA provides each residence hall room with a MicroFridge microwave-refrigeration combination unit. No personal microwaves or refrigerators are permitted without prior permission from Residence Life or Disability Support Services.MicroFridge units are property of the CIA and subject to inspection by residence hall staff. An electric water cooler is permitted (one per room). When students bring their own lighting, only LED or compact fluorescent bulbs are permitted. The use of halogen or incandescent bulbs is prohibited due to the heat generated.

Any appliance or item may be removed at the discretion of the Residence Life, Facilities Management, or Safety staffs.

Electrical Overload: Students are not permitted to engage more than two electrical cords per outlet. Power strips may not be interconnected. In Hudson Hall, the outlet for the dehumidifier—if a room is equipped with one—may not be used for any other purpose.

Extension Cords: The use of extension cords is strictly prohibited. Only UL-approved power strips, not exceeding six feet in length and with over-current protection, are permitted. Note: if the power strip has surge suppression, it must also have over-current protection. (It will have a reset button).

Fire Doors: Stairwell, hallway, and room doors are fire rated for protection of students and must remain closed to be effective. When closed, these doors can slow the progress of fire and smoke and allow more time for a safe evacuation. Do not block or tie open the doors, and never place articles in the doorway that would keep the door from closing completely.

Fire Hazards: Open flames and other potentially hazardous ignition sources are prohibited including, but not limited to, candles, open flames, heated vaporizers, wax warmers, essential oil diffusers, and incense.

Furnishings: All furniture and furnishings are provided by the CIA and may not be moved or rearranged to restrict egress without the express permission of the Residence Life staff member. Wardrobes in Hudson Hall must remain flush against the wall at least 18 inches from the sprinkler head. Any request for the use of personal furniture or mattresses must be submitted to, and approved by, Residence Life. Personal mattresses or mattress pads must be fire resistant with a label indicating it meets federal standard 16 CFR Part 1633 or California Technical Bulletin 129. Foam mattresses are prohibited. Egg crates or other mattress pads no more than two inches thick are permitted. Water beds and other pieces of water-filled furniture are not permitted due to problems of water damage and weight. In New York, wardrobes in Hudson Hall may not protrude into the room or be used as a room divider.

Halogen Light Bulbs: Because they burn at an extremely high temperature, lamps that use halogen light bulbs are strictly prohibited.

Light bulb wattage: Bulb wattage is not to exceed what is listed for the light fixture in use.

Heaters/Air Conditioners/Dehumidifiers: Students are not permitted to store any items on top of these units.

Height of Storage: Material must be kept at least 18 inches below the level of the sprinkler heads throughout the room.

Hoverboards: Due to the associated fire risk, hoverboards (self-balancing boards) are not permitted in the residence halls.

Maximum Occupancy/Visitation: No more than 10 people, including residents, may be present in a room (12 in a suite in the lodges and eight in a townhouse) at any time due to fire code regulations and the possibility of creating a noise problem.

Sanitation: Excessive accumulation of bottles, boxes, trash, and debris is not permitted. Students must maintain general sanitary conditions and clean and disinfect their bathroom regularly. Failure to maintain a clean room may result in fines up to $200.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all residence hall rooms and common areas. Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking gazebos. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Smoking in a residence hall room may result in fines up to $200 and loss of housing privileges.

Sprinkler Heads or Smoke Detectors/Alarms: Tampering with any building fire safety equipment is prohibited. This includes obstructing sprinkler heads or smoke detectors/alarms with clothing, laundry, room decorations, or any other such items.

Cooking exhaust hoods: Exhaust hoods must be always operational when cooking is in progress. Failure to use an exhaust hood when cooking could result in disciplinary action.