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stations, evacuation notices, fire drill procedures, or fire extinguishers. Note: there is a $10 fine per resident in the suite/apartment for each smoke detector found tampered with or disconnected. If the battery dies in your smoke detector, contact your RA immediately. Residents are responsible for notifying HRL if smoke detectors are not operating properly. Any resident alleged to have committed an act of improper use or abuse of fire prevention and control equipment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including loss of housing privileges and/or criminal prosecution. Severe Weather Information The campus police department monitors weather for the campus community and takes responsibility for keeping the campus community informed of possible weather events. The terms “watch” and “warning” are frequently used with weather conditions or events. A thunderstorm or tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for such an event. A warning, which is more serious than a watch, means that the weather event is imminent and you should take immediate action. Tornado Warning In event of a tornado warning, students may need to find a shelter. Students will receive text messages and emails from the university to warn them of a tornado warning as well as for the “all clear” notice. In the Tree Houses: Vacate your suite. Remain in the hallway, seated with back against the wall protect-ing head and neck as appropriate with pillows or other items, until your RA tells you that it’s okay to return to your room. If possible, go to the first floor hallway. Should it be deemed necessary to follow the above protocol, HRL staff will give the ok for the students to return to their suites under public safety’s direction. In The Villas: Please go to the back bedroom’s bathroom and close door. Use pillows, blankets, or even your mattress to protect yourself from flying debris. Remain there until it is safe to venture out. Facilities Management Entrance ways, stairwells and breezeways must be free from any obstacles that would hinder the normal traffic patterns. Bikes, motorcycles, and indoor furniture such as large chairs are not permitted on the porches or balconies.Care should be taken to keep the furniture, carpet, and appliances in original and working condition. All suite/apartment furniture must remain in the designated suite/apartment. Furniture left outside unattended can be removed and resident(s) will have to pay replacement charges. Residents may not move, substitute, or exchange items within the units. Please respect your suite/ roommates’ space. Each resident is responsible for the keeping his or her suite/apartment in a clean and sanitary condition at all times. Each resident is responsible for seeing that the lobbies, hallways, buildings, grounds, and surrounded areas are kept in a clean and sanitary condition by depositing all trash in proper receptacles and dumpsters provided by the University. Decorating your suite/apartment can immensely add to the comfort of your apartment and make it more homelike. However, there are precautions that must be followed to prevent damage or potential safety hazards. USC Upstate encourages residents to express their individuality in decorating, but please follow these guidelines to ensure the preservation of units and safety of not only your suite/roommates but others who live around you: • Residents shall not paint, wallpaper, or redecorate any of the furniture provided by the University • Do not disassemble or remove any University furniture from the building, suite or apartment • Light fixtures/wiring cannot be changed or modified • Residents may not use sticky tape or command strips to hang or display items on walls, doors, or ceilings in the units. Ordinary stick pins work well on posters and framed photos alike • String lights are not allowed Furnishings for each resident within the units: In the Villas, these furnishings include a bed, two sets of dressers, a desk, book shelf, chair, and shelf unit within the closet; kitchen equipped with major appliances such as refrigerator, oven, and stove; window blinds in living and bed rooms; and two sofas. All apartments are equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. In the Palmetto/Magnolia House furnishings include a bed, two sets of dressers, a desk, book shelf, chair and wardrobe; the living room will have a micro-fridge unit, an upholstered chair and sofa (or love seat). USC Upstate supplies each suite with a cable and TV outlet, and Internet connections. Maintenance Requests Residents should submit a Residential Maintenance Request form online at the HRL webpage at http:// webapp.uscupstate.edu/mainreq/request.aspx to notify the HRL staff of any maintenance concerns. Residents cannot make repairs to any part of the units. The HRL staff reserves the right to enter any unit to make necessary repairs. Work orders must be completed by the resident in order to have proper documentation for maintenance staff. 1‘7126 - ‘17 Student Handbook 168


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