Fire drills and other safety information and programs will be conducted in conjunction with University Police, Utah Division of Risk Management, and the University Fire Marshall. Information regarding safe evacuation will be provided by your RA and can be found at www.suu.edu/ad/facilities/fire-marshall.html.
Each residence hall room and apartment is equipped with a smoke detector. These are not to be tampered with and will be maintained by the University Housing staff. If your smoke detector goes off for any reason, evacuate immediately and call 911. Please also inform staff of the alarm and UH will work with the Cedar City Fire Department and SUU Police to clear the building for reentry.
Illuminated exit signs are posted throughout the residence halls and any damage to the same should be reported immediately to an UH staff member. These signs clearly mark the egress, or exit, path in case of emergency evacuation. Further information may be obtained from the UH office and may be posted at the beginning of the year by your RA. Failure to comply with a sounding fire alarm or the request of any UH or University staff member to evacuate your room or residence hall may result in eviction.
Each residence hall room, suite and apartment has an emergency evacuation route posted on the inside of the door. These are to be followed carefully. Please note the emergency assembly area noted on the emergency evacuation route.
As the safety and security of our community is of primary concern, it is vital that each resident take it upon himself or herself to ensure that she or he is safe and secure and by extension those within his or her sphere of influence is similarly safe and secure. Behaviors such as ensuring that building entrance and exit doors are always securely closed behind you and that you do not open the door for a person you do not know are always helpful. Being certain to always have your University identification and keys with you means that you’ll always have access to a secure area and be able to prove who you are to a University staff member in case of emergency.
You should always try to travel in groups or with a friend when on campus or around the residence halls. Remain in lighted areas whenever possible and stay alert. In this day and age students walk around campus while talking or texting on their cell phone, listening to their mp3 player, and much, much more. Please think of walking around campus as you might think of driving on a busy street or highway. Minimizing distractions and being aware of your surroundings is always the best way to prevent situations that will compromise your safety.
In an effort to make the residence halls as safe as possible, SUU Police provides regular patrols of the halls and will escort any resident back to their room that makes a request. SUU Police Officers and Campus Safety Guards are here to assist and protect our students. Compliance with their requests is vital to a safe and secure community.
Be very cognizant of how you and your friends represent themselves online. This is especially important when using social networking sites such as Facebook. While these sites can be extremely helpful for finding and keeping in touch with friends, they also can lead to dangerous interactions with people you do not know well. UH encourages you to be careful to not post personal information including addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases photos. Please contact your RA or HD if you ever have a concern about your safety or that of someone else as it relates to activity on one of these sites.
It is always a good to record the serial numbers of any valuable piece of equipment you bring to school with you. This is a good practice for your computer, cell phone, bicycle, stereo, television, and mp3 player. Our suggestion is that you make a master list of all these serial numbers and send one home to your parents or family for safe keeping and keep at least one copy in a safe place in your residence hall room or apartment. You will greatly increase the chances that SUU Police will be able to return any stolen property located through investigation if you keep such a record.