Office of Residence Life

Safety Compliance

Health and Safety inspections are conducted once per month in all residence hall and single apartment areas by a Residence Life staff member. Family housing apartments are inspected once each semester.

Should any condition exist in a room that violates the safety guidelines supplied by the Institute, the occupants must comply with the directions of the Resident Assistant or Apartment Manager to correct the situation. Failure to make necessary changes may result in disciplinary action.

Residents may not tamper with any fire safety equipment in the residence halls. This includes, but is not limited to, hanging items from sprinkler heads and protective cages, hanging on exposed sprinkler piping, improper use of fire extinguishers, tampering with exit signs, smoke detectors, emergency lighting, etc. Residents found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action and a minimum fine of $100. Residents who tamper with the sprinkler system specifically will be subject to a minimum fine of $250 and possible restitution for damaged belongings.

An annual fire safety inspection is done by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) to all buildings and facilities operated by Rensselaer. This includes individual rooms in the Residence Halls and fraternities/sororities listed as property of Rensselaer. If a fire and/or safety violation is noted during this inspection, the resident will be contacted by a Residence Life Staff Member and given 24 hours to take corrective action to comply with New York State and Institute laws. Failure to take corrective action and/or comply with the violation notice will result in a fine assigned by the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) at the time of re-inspection. The fine issued by OFPC to the resident(s) of the room found to be in violation of fire and safety codes will be billed to the resident(s) student accounts.

To make sure your space is ready for inspection, you can find a self inspection here!

Last modified: Nov 3, 2015