The policies in this section of the student handbook are specifically designed to increase safety and outline safe procedures for our students. Safety is always our first priority. Students who ignore safety guidelines or place other students in harm's way with their actions will be subject to strong disciplinary action.
Students who have concerns about their safety should contact our Public Safety office immediately. It is important that students understand that some individual actions have an impact on safety for the entire community. We need students to work with each other and with the extended Hendrix community to create a safe home for all. All crimes should be reported to Hendrix Public Safety at 501-450-7711.
Security is primarily the responsibility of the student. Hendrix Public Safety Officers make regular rounds checking residential facilities' exterior doors. Tampering or disabling exterior door security/access systems will result in conduct action. For your safety and the safety of others, please follow these guidelines:
- Do not prop or block exit doors or doors leading to fire exits and/or fire escapes.
- Close any door that you find propped open. (After doors have been propped a certain amount of time, a loud alarm will sound.
- Do not allow strangers to enter the residential facilities.
- Escort guests at all times while in the residential facilities.
- Report any unescorted nonresidents to Public Safety.
- Report any security issues to the Residence Life staff and Public Safety.
- Close and lock all doors when leaving your room/apartment and residential facility.
Fire Equipment Tampering Policy
Any misuse or tampering with fire extinguishers, alarms, or equipment jeopardizes residents' safety and should be reported immediately to Public Safety or a Residence Life staff member if event occurred in Hendrix College owned housing. Fire equipment includes, but is not limited to, room and hallway smoke detectors, exit signs, fire alarms, breaker panels, fire extinguishers, etc. Students are reminded that removing batteries from smoke detectors is a violation. Report any problems with fire equipment to Public Safety or a Residence Life staff member if in Hendrix College owned housing.
Tampering with fire safety equipment in a residence hall, such as covering a smoke detector, is cause to initiate a room search. The penalty for tampering with fire safety equipment is a fine up to $200 per resident in the space in which the safety equipment is located. If a smoke detector appears to be malfunctioning, the student should immediately submit a Facilities Work Order Request Form. When submitting the form, choose "smoke detector" as the issue. If the request is submitted after-hours (such as Monday through Friday after 5pm, on the weekends, or during holidays), then the student should also call Public Safety at 501-450-7711 to report the problem.
Fire Safety Equipment, Procedures, Prevention
Equipment It is a serious offense to tamper with fire safety equipment. Individuals who are found tampering with the fire alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors or other fire prevention equipment or pulling the fire alarm under false pretenses will be subject to swift and decisive disciplinary action with eviction from College-owned housing being the most viable sanction. Do not tamper with the fire/life safety equipment.
Fire extinguishers are located throughout the residence halls and apartment buildings. They are to be used only in the event of a fire. They are considered fire equipment and are not to be disturbed. Do not tamper with the fire extinguishers or use them for anything other than to extinguish a fire.
Exit signs are located strategically throughout the buildings. Their purpose is to indicate exit routes, particularly in emergency situations. Do not remove or tamper with any of these signs
Evacuation Specific evacuation procedures for each building will be explained by the Residence Life Staff at the first floor meeting and are posted in the building. When the fire alarm sounds, the building must be thoroughly and immediately evacuated with no exceptions. Failure to do so may result in Conduct Action.
After the fire alarm sounds, Public Safety is automatically notified. Do not panic. Please familiarize yourself with the emergency procedures for your building as soon as you move in. Follow these simple instructions:
- Turn off room lights except for ceiling light. Leave blinds (and curtains) open.
- Close windows and lock door.
- Grab a coat, shoes and a towel to cover your face and head and leave in an orderly fashion as instructed in the evacuation procedures.
- Walk quickly and quietly and use the closest exits.
- Stand away from the building at the designated area. The Residence Life Staff will inform students when they may return to the building. Deliberately remaining in a building during an evacuation is a danger to yourself and to others who will enter the building to find you. This policy also applies to fire drills. Students found in buildings when a fire alarm is active may be subject to Conduct Action.
- The Residence Life Staff will check each room to make certain that everyone has evacuated (as the nature of the emergency permits).
If a fire is outside your room/apartment and it is unsafe to exit:
- Crack a window and remain near the opened window.
- Hang a bed sheet or any large light-colored cloth out the window. This will signal your location to emergency personnel.
- Keep close to the floor and near the outside wall. Remember, smoke rises.
- Do not panic. Remain calm and cooperate with the staff and emergency personnel during emergencies
Prevention The best fire safety starts with prevention. To prevent fires and accidents residents must use common sense and follow these simple guidelines:
- Smoking is prohibited in College-owned buildings and on campus. (See Hendrix Smoking Policy)
- Completely extinguish matches before discarding them.
- Use only UL-approved electrical appliances. Use caution when using these appliances. Do not leave electrical appliances unattended.
- Halogen lamps are not permitted in College-owned housing facilities.
- Make certain that materials used for decorating purposes are fireproof or fire retardant.
Open flames of any type, including candles, the burning of incense, coals, possession of combustible chemicals including propane and other fuels and the use of multiple ("octopus") electrical adapters, appliances with frayed wires and ungrounded electrical appliances are not permitted inside residential facilities. For a complete list of items and practices prohibited in residential facilities under the fire code, please refer back to the Electrical Appliances section.
Prohibited practices involving fire safety include: any modification of existing electrical equipment such as outlets, light fixtures, wiring, etc.; running electrical cords under carpeting; running electrical cords through a doorway or window; connecting high wattage appliances or other electronic equipment to outlets by extension cords that do not contain breaker switches; decorating a student room by hanging or placing items such as tapestries, flags, or posters on the ceiling or in a way which covers vents on appliances or electronic equipment; overloading an electrical outlet; any practice which constitutes a fire hazard (i.e., careless use of smoking materials, etc.).
Residents are not permitted to leave belongings in the hallways, stairwells and/or common areas as this creates an obstacle to safe access to and from the building.
A fire drill is conducted at least once each semester for each residence hall and house. All persons in the building must participate in the drill and evacuate the building. The purpose of the fire drill is to acquaint residents with a rapid and orderly means of exit during an emergency. Participation in fire drills is mandatory. Residents who do not comply with this procedure are subject to conduct action. Residents are to follow evacuation procedures as listed above.
Fire Safety policies will be enforced through casual observation and announced periodic fire safety inspections of residential facilities by Residence Life staff. Materials and items prohibited from campus that are found in residence hall rooms will be confiscated, receipted, and held in a secure place until the owner safely removes them from campus at the time of check-out. Violations of this policy will be addressed through the College conduct process.