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Safety and Security

Ten tips for your protection

1. Always lock your room door(s)!
2. Report all suspicious activity or persons to your hall staff or University Police.
3. Don't leave valuables in plain sight.
4. Record serial numbers of electronics.
5. Use the buddy system after dark and/or use the campus shuttle. If you need an escort, call University Police.
6. Tell friends or your RA about your plans or whereabouts.
7. Report all propped doors to hall staff immediately.  NEVER prop doors.
8. Never hold the door open for someone who you do not know for certain to be a resident of your building.  It’s not rudeness – it’s for the safety of your community!
9. Don’t leave personal items unattended in common spaces such as lounges. 
10. Ensure that your belongings are insured!  Check to see if you are covered under a parent’s renters or homeowner’s insurance policy.  If not, purchase your own renter’s policy.  These can be purchased for less than $15/month.   

Security

An effective residence hall security program depends upon residents' cooperation, staff supervision, and assistance from the University Police. Although the University makes every effort to provide outstanding campus safety initiatives, the best security system is one in which every member of the community is alert. University Police patrol the residence halls and are readily available to assist on a 24-hour basis. University Police not only assists residents when reporting thefts, accidents, and fires, but also provides emergency medical assistance, late night escorts, and motorist assistance. The emergency number for police, fire, and ambulance is (678) 839-6000 or 9-6000 from any campus phone.

Fire Safety
If you discover a fire:

- Pull the nearest alarm pull station.
- Notify residence hall staff of the fire.
- Call University Police at (678) 839-6000.

When the fire alarm sounds:

- Leave the building immediately.
- Use the designated fire exits (if passable).
- Close all doors behind you as you exit.
- Walk, DO NOT RUN, as you exit the building.
- Stand clear of the building after evacuating.
- Do not re-enter the building until the fire alarm is silenced and you are instructed to enter.

Fire safety tips:

- Do not open the door if the door or doorknob is hot.
- If you cannot leave the room, go to the window and signal for help.
- If there is smoke in the room, keep low to the floor.
- DO NOT attempt to fight the fire when the alarm has sounded.
- For your own protection, obey fire regulations. Failure to evacuate the hall anytime the alarm has sounded or tampering with fire safety equipment will result in disciplinary action.

Health and Safety Inspections:

For the protection of all residents, the residence hall staff will conduct fire, health, and safety inspections of your room during the semester. Specific times will be communicated to you in advance via email and postings in your hall.

Card Access/Security

A card access system is provided on all residence halls to allow only those residents of each hall to have access. Your ID card is your key to your residence hall. Students should never loan their ID card to another person nor should they allow anyone to follow them through their residence hall door.
Propping open outside doors
One of the greatest threats to the security of the residence halls is propping open outside doors after the doors have been secured. This practice may permit unwanted visitors to enter the residence hall and threaten the safety of all residents in the building. For this reason, propping outside doors is strictly prohibited.

Lost or Stolen Keys

It is the student's responsibility to keep the key that is issued during check-in. A resident who loses his/her key will be held responsible for the cost of lock replacement.  Should the key be broken, a replacement key will be provided when the broken key is returned. If you believe your keys have been stolen, contact University Police, (678) 839-6000, to fill out a police report. The student is responsible for the cost of replacing the stolen key and the lock.

Bicycle security

Bicycle thefts are common occurrences on university campuses so students are encouraged to keep their bikes securely locked to one of the bicycle racks provided around campus.  It is not recommended that students keep bicycles in their rooms, as they are hazardous obstacles. 

Dangerous weather

From time to time, severe weather conditions develop in the Carrollton area. Residence hall staff will instruct you on the proper procedures in case of a weather emergency. Also, University Police can be contacted for further information if needed.