Health, Safety, & Emergency Policies

In any group living situation, the health and safety of all residents is of utmost importance. The following procedures have been developed for your protection and must be strictly followed to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.

Entry of rooms by University Personnel
The university reserves the right to enter and search student rooms but in all cases tries to respect the privacy of students. Rooms will be entered only with probable cause, and searches are made (very rarely) in cases relating to health or safety. Semesterly ‘Health & Safety’ checks will be conducted but students will always be notified in advance. In the case of entry and searches, every effort is made to have the resident present. The university may also enter rooms for maintenance purposes, or occasionally, on matters relating to the comfort or safety of others, for example, to close a window or to conduct a health and safety inspection, etc. Staff will also look under cabinets to inspect pipes and drains for leaks.

Fire Drills
By law the university is required to conduct fire drills a minimum of once per semester in all residence halls. It is a serious violation of university policy not to immediately leave the building when an alarm sounds. It is also against the law and could result in your suspension from the university.

Fire Discovery
Extinguish small fires ONLY, and only if no risk is involved. Pull the nearest fire alarm & call 4911, if appropriate. If you attempt to extinguish the fire, maintain an avenue of escape at all times. Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire. Evacuate the building.

Fire Procedures – In the event of an actual fire or upon hearing the alarm, all building occupants must follow these procedures:

  1. Grab a towel to cover your face and put on a pair of shoes for protection. Dress appropriately for the weather (a coat may be needed).
  2. Close windows, raise blinds or shade, open curtain, and turn on lights.
  3. Feel the door. If it is hot, do not open it. Put a towel under the door to block smoke and open your window. Call for help. DO NOT JUMP out of your window.
  4. If the door is NOT hot, open slightly and put your HAND out into the hallway.
  5. If the hallway is hot, DO NOT GO OUT. Close your door and follow Step 3.
  6. If the hallway is NOT hot, and is clear, close your door and proceed to the nearest exit and evacuate the building as quickly as possible. There is an evacuation plan on the back of your room/suite entrance door. Take a moment to read and become familiar with this plan. DO NOT TRY TO USE THE ELEVATORS.
  7. MOVE AS FAR AWAY FROM THE BUILDING AS POSSIBLE. (Emergency Vehicles need to be able to access the building)
  8. Never turn your back on a fire.
  9. If you are unsure as to whether or not your exit is blocked, proceed to Step 3.
  10. Do not return to the building until you are told to do so.

For your own safety, be sure you know the location of the fire alarm, extinguishers, and evacuation location for your building. Misuse of the fire equipment will not be tolerated and violators will be severely sanctioned.

For further information, each Residence Hall has copies of the Nicholls State University Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plan available at the front desk.