The University of Nevada, Reno is located in a region of strong geological activity. Residents of the halls should familiarize themselves with these general procedures to follow in the event of an earthquake.
Before an emergency happens, take the time to familiarize yourself with the fire exits in your hallway. If an alarm sounds and remains on, you are to assume there is an emergency and evacuate the building immediately. Failure to evacuate a building during an alarm will result in disciplinary action and possible criminal charges.
To ensure residents are prepared to react properly in an actual fire, fire drills may be conducted periodically. You must respond to any alarm as an actual emergency. In the event of an alarm you are required to evacuate the building immediately. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
Tampering with or disabling any part of the fire alarm system, discharging an extinguisher, registering a false alarm, or setting a fire can endanger life and property, and may result in cancellation of your housing license agreement, restitution, disciplinary action, and/or criminal prosecution. Items may not be attached to or hung from any smoke detector or any part of the sprinkler system. Rewards may be offered for information leading to the identification of those responsible for safety related violations.
Smoke and heat detectors, installed in each room, must be kept in working order. It is essential to report any malfunctions to the front desk immediately. Damage to any safety equipment or intentional activation of fire alarms may also result in departmental sanctions, criminal charges, and payment of restitution or applicable fines and charges.
The department strives to find a balance between convenience to residents and their security needs. As a result any schedule for securing exterior and interior doors can change as the security needs of the facility may require. The department has an electronic access control system as well as a series of key controlled hardware to help secure the residence halls. Residents need to remember that regardless of the quality and level of safety the devices provide, it is their own actions that will support or undermine the security procedures in place. Residents should be aware that changes to security or life safety related systems or procedures may occur when determined to be appropriate by the department.
While we are concerned for your safety, and we provide information, facility enhancements, and staff to assist in providing a safe environment for our residents, the ultimate responsibility for your safety rests with you. Dangerous behavior or poor choices can place your personal safety at risk. To help protect yourself, please take advantage of the services and programs we offer. Some other personal safety tips: