Campus Safety’s main priority is the safety of our students. All the buildings on campus are monitored 24/7. A fire panel, in our office pinpoints the exact location of a fire alarm which has been activated. We immediately dispatch an officer and/or the Georgetown Fire Department to the location of the alarm. Fire alarms should always be taken seriously. You should follow your evacuation plan, moving calmly and quickly to the exit. Do not remain in the building during an alarm or return to the building without the consent of a Georgetown College official.

Every residence hall room has a copy of the fire evacuation route posted by the door. If your room does not have a plan posted contact the Campus Safety Office immediately.

Fire Prevention Policies

  • Residence hall occupants should keep the stairwells, hallways and exits free of clutter.
  • Do not unplug or cover your smoke detector.
  • Do not falsely pull or tamper with fire alarms or fire safety equipment.
  • Smoking is prohibited in any building on campus.
  • Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.
  • Candles are not allowed in residence halls even if only used for décor and you do not intend on burning them.
  • Do not overload the outlets, power strips and extension cords.
  • Replace all frayed or cracked cords.
  • All power strips must be equipped with a surge protector
  • Do not attach power strips to each other.
  • Report any missing ceiling tiles, discharged fire extinguishers, broken or uncovered electrical outlets, fire doors which do not properly close due to broken hardware, or lights that are out in the hallway and stairwells.
  • Be Safe /Be Smart/Be Prepared.
  • Know your evacuation plan.
  • Know two ways out.
  • Practice your plan.
  • Count the number of doors and landmarks between you and your exit.
  • Report any possible fire hazards to Campus Safety immediately.

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Alarms

Students caught tampering with fire safety equipment or activating the fire systems will be subject to the College’s disciplinary process. The Fire Dept may also pursue criminal charges to the full extent of the law. It is important that everyone understand each time an alarm is activated, a report is given to the State Fire Marshal, and they may wish to pursue criminal charges themselves. Our intent is not to charge anyone; however, we must work to keep each and every person on campus as safe as possible and if charging someone is required, then we must do what is necessary to continue to keep all persons safe.

Criminal Violations (Misdemeanor or Felony charges)

Violations of the fire code in the residence halls include:

  1. Covering or removing smoke detectors that prevents activation
  2. Pulling a fire alarm in a false and malicious manner or falsely reporting an incident
  3. Dividing the room with anything that could impede the travel of smoke thus causing a delay in the activation of the smoke detector
  4. Playing with or discharging a fire extinguisher in a non-emergency situation
    1. First violation:
      • $100 fine
      • warning or suspension from one semester of housing
      • incident reported to local and state fire department
    2. Second violation:
      • $300 fine
      • removed from housing for one semester
      • letter to parents
      • incident reported to local and state fire department
    3. Third violation:
      • $500 fine
      • one semester suspension from school
      • incident reported to local and state fire department

Code Violations

  1. Appliances with exposed heating elements: (i.e. hot plates/George Forman grilles/toasters/toaster ovens/coffee makers, etc.)
  2. Extension cords – (power strips with surge protectors are approved)
  3. Flammable material (i.e. paint, lighter fluid, gasoline, paint thinner, etc.)
  4. Blocked exits out of residence hall rooms, hallways, stairwells, or buildings
  5. Propped stairwell doors
  6. Items left in the hallways and stairwells
  7. Approved electrical appliances/devices placed beneath a bed
  8. Tampering or penetration of the surface of the ceiling
  9. Beds less than 36 inches from the ceiling
  10. Smoking in residence halls
  11. Candles in college buildings

College Policy Violations

  1. Halogen lights and portable heaters
  2. Use of non-college approved beds. Lofts and loft-like structures are not approved
  3. Candles, incense, lanterns or similar “open flame” receptacles

Safety Inspections are completed monthly in the Residence Halls by Residence Life staff. Georgetown College or the appropriate authorities reserve the right to remove all potential fire hazards in any residence halls. It is our hope that the College and community will work together to ensure that all of these regulations are enforced.