Fire Safety and Regulations

Fire Hazards

Candles, incense, and flammable materials are not permitted in the residence halls. If a resident is found with a candle or incense, the item will be confiscated and disposed of. Christmas trees and plants over two feet in height and width are not permitted. Confiscated items will not be returned to students. Violators of this policy may be held accountable through the judicial system and are subject to a $500 fine.

Excessively large tapestries, wall hangings, and netting of any sort are prohibited within the halls. These items cannot be used for decoration, both on ceilings and from the wall. Residents with such items will be asked to remove them immediately and are subject to a $500 fine. Any questions regarding these items should be directed to the Associate Director of Housing.

The hallways and egresses of residence halls must be clear at all times. State fire regulations require that all paths of exit, including corridors and stairwells, be kept free of obstructions. This includes, but is not limited to mats, laundry racks, shower caddies, shoes, and sporting equipment. Residents responsible for leaving objects in egresses and hallways will be subject to a $25 fine per item.

False Alarms

A false alarm is extremely dangerous. Anyone found to have intentionally set off a false alarm will be suspended from Regis College housing and may also be suspended or expelled from the College, and will be subject to criminal prosecution.

Fire Emergency and Fire Drill Procedures

Fire safety rules and regulations are posted on each floor.

In case of an alarm, students should touch the door to feel if it is hot and look under the door for any smoke seeping in. If it is safe to evacuate, leave the building immediately by way of the nearest exit. Assemble outside away from the building, at the designated meeting place, not in the parking lots, as these must be kept clear for fire equipment. Do not reenter the building until the fire personnel clears reentry.

To the extent that personal safety permits, the Community Life Staff assists students with evacuation; however, it is the sole responsibility of the student to evacuate whenever an alarm sounds. Any student who does not leave a building when an alarm sounds is subject to a $100 fine.

Tampering with fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or other fire equipment can endanger the lives of fellow students as greatly as setting a fire. Students found responsible for causing a fire, activating an alarm unnecessarily, or using any other fire equipment unnecessarily are subject to immediate suspension from housing, a $500 fine and may face further sanctions in accordance with state and federal law.

For More Information

Regis College Residential Life: Fire Safety and Regulations