Residence Hall Safety
In our residence halls, we have implemented several security measures to ensure that students living on campus have a secure environment.
- Professional staff are located in every residence hall. Each residence hall has a full-time professional hall director who lives in the building. These professionals are trained in emergency response, provide an around-the-clock presence in buildings and can immediately respond to any areas of concern.
- Central office and hall director staff have completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and certification program.
- A professional hall director is on call 24-hours-a-day and carries a dedicated cell phone. That individual’s name and phone extension are posted at the Towers Front Desk.
- Each hall director office is equipped with a two-way radio.
- Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each floor of every residence hall and are required to schedule and post six room hours on their floor each week.
- Emergency contact information is posted for the RA on duty, the hall director of the building, front desk(s), Department of Public Safety and Center for Health and Counseling on a bulletin board next to the RAs' rooms on each floor. This information is also accessible in the Residence Life Handbook.
- Two RAs are on call every night from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. and are required to complete several rounds throughout the building together to inspect for safety, health and security compliance. They carry a cell phone and are identifiable by name badges.
- Main entrances to every residence hall are locked 24-hours-a-day.
- Residents living in community-style buildings are provided two keys. The first key unlocks a door to enter the floor on which they live and the other key unlocks their room. Stairwell doors are also locked.
- Each resident room door in Towers East, Towers South and Cheney is equipped with deadbolt hardware.
- Door prop alarms are installed in many of the high-traffic entrance doors to each of the residence halls. Under this system, an alarm will sound if any main residence hall entrance door is propped open for longer than 15 seconds.
- There is a 24-hour-a-day, seven days a week accessible Customer Service Desk at Towers.
- At the Towers Complex, adjacent to the Towers Front Desk, is a Department of Public Safety satellite station. Officers operate part-time from the satellite station and bring additional presence and security throughout the residence halls during night hours. The main Department of Public Safety Office is located in the Dearmont Residence Complex.
- Towers North, Towers West, Group Housing and Vandiver Residence Hall rooms are equipped with a viewing device in each room door. The lounge doors in Towers South, East, Group Housing and Dearmont are equipped with a viewing device in the door as well. The viewing device allows the resident to identify visitors without opening the door.
Each hall is equipped with an outside courtesy call box which allows non-residents to call residents to gain entrance through a secured door. Call boxes are installed on the exterior of all residence halls located on the south side of campus. Courtesy phones are installed in the Towers Complex lobby in place of the call boxes.
The messages of crime prevention and security awareness are promoted throughout the residence halls. Residents are encouraged to keep their room door locked at night and whenever they leave their rooms, report suspicious situations, take responsibility for making sure doors are not propped and escort their guests in the halls at all times.