Residence Hall Security
Proper security within the halls is the responsibility of each resident. To ensure security, room doors always should be double-locked when the room is not occupied. Exterior doors must never be propped open.
- As a private institution, Moravian College restricts access to and presence in all residence halls to students, faculty, staff, and guests. For students' safety and protection, video cameras may be in operation in the common areas.
- Campus Safety and Police officers will routinely walk through campus residence hall common space as a matter of safety and security. Common space is generally defined as space designated for group use and control. Examples of common space include living rooms, lounges, TV rooms, hallways, stairs, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Personal space is generally defined as space designated for individual control and use, such as bedrooms.
- Small living units such as Greek houses, all apartments, and Hillside units of 8 and 13 are not subject to routine campus police walk-throughs. However, Campus Safety and Police reserves the right to enter areas within these properties for due cause, as described below.
- Campus Safety and Police officers reserve the right to enter any room at any time when there is imminent risk of harm or reasonable cause to believe that a violation of law has occurred or is about to occur.
- The College is not responsible for personal property lost, stolen, or damaged. Large sums of money or other valuables should not be kept in individual rooms. All items of value must be removed during vacation periods. All losses must be reported to the assistant director of residence life or SRA of the unit and to the Campus Safety and Police Office or the dean of students. In some instances, parents' homeowner insurance will cover possessions of students at college. Before any loss occurs, students or parents may want to contact their family insurance agent to discuss limits and conditions of their homeowner insurance policy.
- Unauthorized entry by anyone into a room other than his or her own will result in judicial action. Residence-hall staff members are authorized to use master keys only to allow students into their own rooms or to respond to emergency situations or suspected significant policy violations.
- The presence of any suspicious individual must be reported immediately to a residence-hall staff member and to Campus Safety and Police at 610 861-1421. Solicitation within residence halls is permitted only for institutional groups engaged in fundraising activities that have been approved by the director of housing. Any unauthorized solicitors should be reported to Campus Safety and Police immediately.
- Interference with or harassment in any form directed to any of the College police or any other law-enforcement officials will result in disciplinary action and can lead to loss of residency. The same is true of interference with or harassment of any member of the residence-hall staff.
- In ground-level rooms equipped with special security screens, opening of the screen or removal of the plastic seal is permitted only in the event of an emergency. Tampering with the seal or screen will result in repair charges and in a fine for violation of a safety policy.
- The Campus Safety and Police fire marshal strives to conduct, at minimum, six fire inspections in each building over an eight-month period (109 buildings total). Inspection includes checking fire extinguishers and looking for fire violations. Fire inspections occur Monday-Friday after 10:30 a.m. in the residence halls and overflow houses on campus, with two exceptions: inspections in Main Hall and Jo Smith are conducted after 12:00 noon Monday-Friday.
- As a safety precaution over vacation periods, Facilities employees may enter rooms with windows that can be accessed from the ground to make sure that such windows are locked.