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University Police will designate alternate sites if the need arises. Everyone must remain out of any driveway or other hard surfaced area close to the building. University Police will be designated to meet the first responder with a master key. Access roads will be kept open for emergency vehicles. University Police will have a designated individual or group of individuals to ensure that all access roads are open. Students and staff members will be allowed to return to the building at the direction of the head housing officer at the scene, and only upon the recommendation of the Fire Department and University Police Department. The University Fire Marshal will designate evacuation routes for all buildings. Each building will have an alternate evacuation route. All media inquiries should be forwarded to the University Communications Director at 503-5210. Fire Drills In order to insure fire equipment is working properly and that residents are aware of evacua-tion procedures, at least two fire drills will be held a semester. All residents are required to vacate their building upon hearing the fire alarm and proceed to the Hodge Drive parking lot. Those who refuse will be mandated to complete a fire safety class and receive disciplinary action. HRL staff will walk through the building to make sure all residents and guests have vacated. Escape routes are posted in your apartment. Fire in Villas If the fire is in your room, get out quickly. Close the door, sound the alarm by yelling “FIRE,” knock on other doors as you exit and notify the Police. If the fire is not in your room, leave if it is safe to do so. Be sure to take your room key with you in case fire blocks your escape and you need to re-enter your room. To check for fire, touch the door with the back of your hand to test the temperature. If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Be ready to close it quickly if there are flames on the other side. Crawl low in the smoke to the nearest exit; the freshest air is near the floor. If your room door is hot, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Turn off fans and air conditioners if possible. Call University Police 503-7777 or 911 to give your location. Signal from your window. Make note of the address for your apartment listed on the back of your front door. Your physical address is not the same as your mailing address. Misuse of Fire Prevention and Control Equipment It is unlawful for any person to tamper with, misuse, or destroy any fire prevention and control equipment including but not limited to, smoke detectors on the ceilings and walls of each apartment unit, fire alarm 171 and air conditioners. Call the University Police to give your location • Signal from your window Missing Student Policy Students residing in campus housing, (Magnolia House, Palmetto House and the Palmetto Villas) may identify and register a contact person(s) with the HRL Office to notify if the resident student is determined to be missing. If a student is under 18 years of age, is not an emancipated individual and is determined to be missing, USC Upstate must notify the contact as well as a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours. To register missing student notification information, contact the HRL Office at or prior to move-in. Missing persons should be reported to the USC Upstate Department of Public Safety, Dean of Students or the Director of HRL. Fire Training and Prevention It is incumbent upon the staff of Housing and Residential Life to provide as safe of an environ-ment as possible for the students in their stay at USC Upstate. Thus, the following tasks will be performed each year and documented by Housing and Residential Life staff and/or University Police. • Fire safety education is provided for all residential students by Housing and Residential Life • Fire extinguisher training is presented to all RA’s by University Police and North Spartanburg Department • At least two fire drills are conducted each semester • Smoke detectors are placed in each bedroom within campus student housing and common living space of each dorm room • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are inspect-ed by housing staff three times a semester • Fire escape routes and information are posted on the back of each bedroom and exit door • The Director of HRL and Chief of Police will reassess all procedures, updating as necessary and appropriate Residence Hall Fire Procedures In the event of a fire, sound the fire alarm immedi-ately. Call 911. Provide important details including possible breaks in gas or electrical lines or other special hazards. Notify University Police at 7777 or 911 from a campus phone. Evacuate the building according to the following procedures and escape plan: • Everyone should walk out of the designated exit in a quiet orderly manner. RA’s will check their respective halls and be the last individual to leave • Do not close windows • No one should enter the building when the alarm sounds. • Students, staff and visitors will evacuate to the Palmetto House parking lot 167 ‘16 - ‘17 Student Handbook


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