Fire Safety Policies

As Franklin & Marshall Students, you have rights regarding personal safety and security. In order to ensure these rights for you and your fellow students, you must abide by certain policies. Fulfilling these policies and requirements is your responsibility as a student at F&M. Minimum mandatory sanctions will be imposed for failing to comply.

In the event of a fire, the building fire alarm should be activated and the Department of Public Safety should be called (ext. 3939) to have them assist in evacuating residents. Students should familiarize themselves with the location of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, exits and a designated meeting place during alarms. Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, heat detectors, sprinkler heads and pull stations are installed for the protection of building occupants, and are wired directly to the Department of Public Safety.

Tampering with fire protection systems or turning in a false alarm is a violation of the Lancaster City Fire Code and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is classified as a felony, punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment of up to five years. A student found guilty of this felony also could be expelled rom the College.

This policy extends to all residential facilities including, but not limited to all College owned and approved housing.

Student Fire Safety Expectations:

• Health & Safety Inspections — Random Health & Safety inspections will take place throughout the year. Any safety violation will be recorded.

• Fire Alarms — When the fire alarm in your building sounds, it is your responsibility to leave the building immediately. Although some fire alarms are false, you must treat every fire alarm as if a real fire is occurring. Maliciously pulling a fire alarm is a serious offense. It disrupts the life of every resident in the building and places at risk the lives of the responding fire personnel and resident staff. If you witness an alarm being pulled falsely, notify your HA immediately.

• Fire Extinguishers — Fire extinguishers are placed in specific locations throughout each residence hall. These extinguishers should be used only in the event of an actual fire. Misuse of a fire extinguisher is a very dangerous act.

• Door Propping — The first step toward a safe community is keeping the exterior door properly locked. Propping open a building door leaves the building and its residents vulnerable to all crimes. The FOB access system for each residence hall door monitors propping. In the event that a door is propped open for more than 60 seconds, a silent alarm sounds to which the Franklin & Marshall DPS will respond.

• Prohibited items in residential facilities (except in designated approved areas such as kitchens) Non UL extension cords are not allowed. Only UL approved strips with surge

• Space heaters and heating blankets

• Any style of halogen light or lamp

• Octopus lights and lamps (any light with more than three "arms")

• Grills are not permitted inside facilities. Lighter fluid is prohibited in all areas.

• All non-College mattresses are prohibited in the residence halls.

• All types of foam mattress topper (egg crate, memory foam, etc.) are particularly flammable

• The College reserves the right to determine whether personal furnishings (chairs, couches, etc.) are fire-safe.

• Heat-producing appliances. This includes coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates,

• Candles, incense, hookahs, and other sources of open flame.

• Firecrackers, gasoline, propane tanks, or other highly combustible items

Other issues:

 • Smoking (including “smokeless” cigarettes or “vaping”) is prohibited in all residence halls.

 • Construction of partitions, bunk beds, lofts, and other additions to your room is not allowed.

 • Posters, flags and other wall hangings must be used sparingly. They are not to be hung from and are therefore prohibited.

• Exits may not be blocked or used for storage

Description of Violations and Sanctions

Level I Violations

• Presence of extension cords

• Use of room partitions or dividers of any kind

• Use of bed risers, cinderblocks, or lofted furniture of any kind

• Presence of unused candles, incense, or ashtrays

• Prevention of egress through any residence room door, window, or window seat area

• Excessive wall décor in a residence hall or apartment space

• Wall décor that attaches to ceilings or connects one wall to another (e.g., tapestries, posters,

• Presence of a tapestry that is not flame retardant

• Connecting more than two strings of light together in a residence hall or apartment space

• Propping of doors

• Removal of screens

Level I Sanctions

• $50 fine

• Removal of violation by student or College Official (if applicable)*

• Referral to Student Conduct process

 Level II Violations

• Presence of used candles, incense, ashtrays

• Presence of halogen lamp

• Use of electrical appliances (e.g. toaster ovens, microwave ovens, heating coils, George Foreman grills, etc.) outside of a kitchen (in an apartment) or kitchenette (in a residence hall)

• The charging of a hoverboard or equivalent, whether through an electrical outlet or other means, in any college-owned or college-approved property is a Level II violation of the College's Fire Safety policy

Level II Sanctions

• $100 fine

• Housing probation

• Removal of violation by student or College Official (if applicable)*

• Referral to Student Conduct process

Level III Violations

• Failure to evacuate when a fire alarm sounds

• Presence of lit candles or incense

• Smoking of any substance inside any building or residence hall on campus (includes the presence of evidence of smoking. i.e. ash and/or butts in the window, as well as “smokeless” cigarettes or “vaping”)

Level III Sanctions

• $200 fine

• Housing probation

• Removal of violation by student or College Official (if applicable)*

• Referral to Student Conduct process

Level IV Violations

• Covering or attaching items to fire safety equipment in an on-campus residence, including

• Presence of firecrackers, gasoline, propane tanks, or other highly combustible items

• Presence of unattended lit candles and incense

• Damage, misuse, or theft of firefighting equipment (i.e. unwarranted discharge of fire extinguisher)

Level IV Sanctions

• $300 fine

• Housing probation

• Disciplinary Probation

• Removal of violation by student or College Official (if applicable)*

• Referral to Student Conduct process

Level V Violations

• Falsely reporting a fire by pulling the fire alarm or contacting emergency personnel

• Damage, misuse, or theft of fire alarm

Level V Sanctions

• Meeting with College Administrator

• $500 fine

• College suspension of at least 1 semester

• Referral to Student Conduct process

• Possible criminal prosecution by City of Lancaster