Respect for Safety

No individual has the right to undertake any action that would endanger the health or safety of another. This extends from jokes and pranks to extreme situations involving firearms, other weapons, dangerous chemicals, explosives, fireworks, and fire. It also extends to all forms of abuse of safety equipment, from fire and smoke alarms to hallway telephones.

Failure to respect safety considerations includes but is not limited to:

    • Possessing or distributing dangerous materials such as firearms, fireworks, chemicals, explosives, or potentially lethal weapons including martial arts materials. "Possession" includes storing the items listed in vehicles brought to campus.
    • Hazing.
    • Tampering with or abuse of any fire or safety equipment such as alarms, alarm protectors, or fire extinguishers.
    • Tampering with or damaging common area telephones, exterior emergency phones, or the lines associated with them.
    • Possessing unauthorized keys or campus ID cards or misusing any campus locking system.
    • Failing to exit any building immediately on the sounding of a fire alarm.
    • Propping open exterior or fire doors.
    • Occupying the roof of any campus building.

It is expected that all members of the community will recognize their obligation to ensure the health and safety of all other members of the community. Failure to do so can result in severe institutional action including, but not limited to, removal from residence, suspension, expulsion, or filing of criminal charges. Additional information about safety concerns appears in the appropriate section of this handbook.