Fire Safety Report

Fire Safety Report 2018

Residential FacilityTotal FiresFire NumberCause of FireInjuries Requiring a Medical FacilityDeathsProperty Damage
Davis Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
E-Sports, 101 N. Jefferson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Culinary House, 11 N. Jefferson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARC House, 203 West Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability House, 218 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Global Service House, 105 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
19 University Place, 212 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Civic Building A, 312 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Civic Building B, 314 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment C, 302 Augusta Square 1 1 Apt. C2 resident was cooking a sandwich wrapped in aluminum foil inside a cardboard container causing the container to catch fire. The fire was contained to the microwave and extinguished itself. 0 0 $0.00
Apartment D, 304 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment E, 209 Larry Stuart Ave. 1 1 Apt. E1 residents were cooking chicken in oil when the oil ignited. The pan was covered extinguishing the flames. 0 0 $0.00
Apartment F, 207 Larry Stuart Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment G, 205 Larry Stuart Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment H, 201 Larry Stuart Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment I, 101 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse J, 103 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse K, 105 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse L, 107 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse M, 109 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse N, 111 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse O, 306 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse P, 308 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse Q, 310 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total Number of Fires: 2
Total Number of Persons With Fire-Related Injuries: 0
Total Number of Fire-Related Deaths: 0
Total Value of Property Damage Cause by Fire: $0.00

NOTE: Public Safety employees make a report on all responses to fire alarms and any other reports of fires. They then provide a copy of the reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety who then completes any investigations necessary and completes the fire report log.

Fire Safety Report 2017

Residential FacilityTotal FiresFire NumberCause of FireInjuries Requiring a Medical FacilityDeathsProperty Damage
Davis Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
E-Sports, 101 N. Jefferson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. THIS HOUSE WAS EMPTY THIS YEAR N/A N/A N/A
Culinary House, 11 N. Jefferson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. 1 1 A student noticed a fire in the leaves in the basement window well of the fraternity. The student used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown but a cigarette in the leaves is suspected to be the cause. 0 0 $0.00. The only damage was to the leaves.
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARC House, 203 West Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability House, 218 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Global Service House, 105 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
19 University Place, 212 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Civic Building A, 312 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Civic Building B, 314 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment C, 302 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment D, 304 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment E, 209 Larry Stuart Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment F, 207 Larry Stuart Ave. 1 1 An occupant of the building had been burning a candle next to a box of tissue. The wind blew through an open window and blew a tissue into the flame and caught it on fire. The fire was extinguished by occupants of the building. 0 0 $0.00. The tissue was all that was involved in the fire.
Apartment G, 205 Larry Stuart Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment H, 201 Larry Stuart Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apartment I, 101 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse J, 103 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse K, 105 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse L, 107 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse M, 109 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse N, 111 Lewis John Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse O, 306 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse P, 308 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Townhouse Q, 310 Augusta Square 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total Number of Fires: 2
Total Number of Persons With Fire-Related Injuries: 0
Total Number of Fire-Related Deaths: 0
Total Value of Property Damage Cause by Fire: $0.00

NOTE: Public Safety employees make a report on all responses to fire alarms and any other reports of fires. They then provide a copy of the reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety who then completes any investigations necessary and completes the fire report log.

Fire Safety Report 2016

Residential FacilityTotal FiresFire NumberCause of FireInjuries Requiring a Medical FacilityDeathsProperty Damage
Davis Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gilliam Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
E-Sports, 101 N. Jefferson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. THIS HOUSE WAS EMPTY THIS YEAR N/A N/A N/A
Leadership and Engagement House, 11 N. Jefferson St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARC House, 203 West Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability House, 218 E. Nelson 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Global Service House, 105 S. Lee Ave. 1 1 A student was frying Plantain in a pan of oil. She decided to cover the pan with a lid to try to speed up the cooking. It was apparent that the oil boiled over onto the stove and caught fire. The fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher. N/A N/A $450.23 for stove and cord
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spanish Club Housing, 4/5 S. Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Total Number of Fires: 1
Total Number of Persons With Fire-Related Injuries: 0
Total Number of Fire-Related Deaths: 0
Total Value of Property Damage Cause by Fire: $450.23

NOTE: Public Safety employees make a report on all responses to fire alarms and any other reports of fires. They then provide a copy of the reports to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety who then completes any investigations necessary and completes the fire report log.

Fire Safety Systems

FacilityFire Alarm Monitoring is done off-site by Emergency 24 and reported to the Fire Dept. and to our Public Safety OfficePartial1 Sprinkler SystemFull2 Sprinkler SystemSmoke DetectorFire ExtinguishersEvacuation Plans and PlacardsEvacuation Drills Per Year
Davis Dorm, Washington St. (used only for overflow) X X X X Plans 4
Gaines Dorm, Nelson St. X X X X X 4
Graham Lees Dorm, Washington St. X X X X X 4
Woods Creek East Apt., East Denny Cir. X X X X Plans 4
Woods Creek Central Apt., East Denny Cir. X X X X Plans 4
Woods Creek West Apt., East Denny Cir. X X X X Plans 4
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 12 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Chi Omega Sorority, 2 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, 4 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Delta Sorority, 8 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 10 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
Pi Beta Phi Sorority, 6 Frank Parsons Way X X X X Plans 4
E-Sports, 101 N. Jefferson X X X X Plans 4
Chi Psi Fraternity, 5 Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 300 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 220 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, 225 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, 5 Henry St. X X X X Plans 4
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 112 Preston St. X X X X Plans 4
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 301 E. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Culinary House, 11 N. Jefferson St. X X X X Plans 4
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 106 N. Main St. X X X X Plans 4
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, 201 E. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
ARC House , 203 West Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Sigma Chi Fraternity, 216 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Sigma Nu Fraternity, 4 Henry St. X X X X Plans 4
Sustainability House, 218 E. Nelson St. X X X X Plans 4
Global Services House, 105 S. Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Outing Club Housing, 203 E. Washington St. X X X X Plans 4
Spanish Club Housing, 4/6 S. Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
Chavis House, 10 Lee Ave. X X X X Plans 4
19 University Place, 212 N. Main St. X X X X Plans 4
Civic Building A, 312 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Civic Building B, 314 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Apartment C, 302 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Apartment D, 304 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Apartment E, 209 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment F, 207 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment G, 205 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment H, 201 Larry Stuart Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Apartment I, 101 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse J, 103 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse K, 105 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse L, 107 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse M, 109 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse N, 111 Lewis John Avenue X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse O, 306 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse P, 308 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4
Townhouse Q, 310 Augusta Square X X X X Plans 4

*1. Partial Sprinkler System is defined as having sprinklers in the common areas only. *2. Full Sprinkler System is defined as having sprinklers in both the common areas and individual rooms.

Policies or Rules on Health, Fire, and Life Safety Systems, Portable Electrical Appliances, Smoking, and Open Flames in Student Housing Facilities

Students are required to read and comply with the information in the "Student Handbook," the "RESIDENCE HALL FIRE SAFETY & PREVENTION" brochure, and listed in the "Housing Contract."

The following residential life regulations have been enacted in the best interest of students residing on campus. Resident Advisers, Community Assistants, and Public Safety officers are primarily responsible for enforcing these regulations.

  1. The members of each residential section will reach a consensus on the standards of social responsibility by which they will abide during the academic year. The statement of social responsibility includes standards of responsible conduct which reflect a sense of appropriateness and decorum, and a concern for the rights and sensibilities of others, be they residents, guests or visitors. Statements of social responsibility MUST include a provision for quiet hours from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., beginning Sunday evening and ending Friday morning.
  2. The University provides a card-access exterior security system in the first-year residence halls, Woods Creek Apartments, Village apartments and townhouses, and many of the Greek and theme houses, in addition to key entry doors for individual rooms. Students should never prop open exterior doors or manipulate locking mechanisms in any way ($100 fine). Students are expected to lock the doors to their rooms and assume individual responsibility for their personal property and general safety and security.
  3. Students must respect the rights of their roommates, housemates and neighbors.
  4. The following regulations pertaining to University property and to the health and safety of residents are outside the scope of statements of social responsibility and remain effective throughout the academic year for all residence halls, including Woods Creek, the Village, Greek houses and theme houses:
    1. All Washington and Lee housing facilities are smoke-free. This includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes such as Juul, vapors, oils, hookahs or any other smoking devices. Smoking is not permitted in any areas of the residence halls or houses, including student rooms, hallways, balconies, porches, stairwells and breezeways. Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of any building containing residential units.
    2. Health, Fire and life safety systems
      1. These systems are designed to protect people and property. These items are of critical importance and are maintained and monitored by the University. Tampering with or disabling such equipment puts lives at risk.
      2. Any student who deliberately activates the fire alarm system, for reasons other than that of fire prevention, will receive an automatic fine of $500 and will be referred to the Student Judicial Council (SJC) with a recommendation of immediate suspension. Defacing, destroying or inappropriate use of life safety equipment is considered a violation of University policy and depending upon the violation, could be considered a felony offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Examples include tampering with pull alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, exit signs and emergency lights.
      3. Types of Violations and Associated Fines:
        1. Smoke Detectors - disabling or removal, putting the device in a bag, or placing tape or other material over the smoke sensor is prohibited. Fine - $250
        2. Sprinklers - covering the device with anything or hanging items form sprinkler heads and sprinkler piping is prohibited. Fine - $250
        3. Fire Extinguishers - Discharging a fire extinguisher as a prank or removing a fire extinguisher from its location. Fine - $250
        4. Failure to vacate a building during a fire alarm - $250
        5. Vandalism to fire extinguisher cabinet. Fine - $100
        6. Exit Signs - Vandalism, taking or possessing a University exit sign. Fine - $500
        7. Fire Rated Doors - Disabling door from closing or latching properly.  Fine - $250
        8. Smoking in residence halls, theme or Greek Houses, including the Village Fine - $250
        9. Smoking on porches or balconies of residence halls, theme or Greek Houses, including the Village. Fine - $250
        10. Candles (used or unused) or Other Open Flames are prohibited.
          1. First Offense - warning and items confiscated
          2. Subsequent Offenses - fine of $250, items confiscated, and/or conduct referral as appropriate
        11. Use of Extension Cords
          1. First Offense - warning and items confiscated
          2. Subsequent Offenses - fine of $100, items confiscated, and/or conduct referral as appropriate
        12. Use of Decorations or other materials that are not fire retardant. Examples include: sawdust, bales of hay or straw, loose hay or straw, bamboo, Styrofoam peanuts, plastic materials and cloth material. Fine - $250. Questionable items should be brought to the attention of the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
        13. Roofs - Being on the roof of any residential building, including residence halls, Village buildings, theme and Greek houses is strictly prohibited. Fine - $250
        14. Ledges/Windows - Sitting on ledges or dangling out of windows are strictly prohibited.  Fine - $250
        15. All incidents of this nature will be thoroughly investigated. The University has a zero-tolerance policy pertaining to tampering with fire and life safety equipment. Repeat offenders will be fined double for a second violation.
    3. Any damage to facilities (caused by nailing or sticking up posters, breaking windows, damaging furniture, etc.) is charged to the person who damages the property. Charges for damage done to common areas will be apportioned equally among residents of the particular hall, apartment, or house involved.
    4. University furniture may not be removed from University housing at any time, including placement on patios or balconies.
    5. Bunk beds should never be placed next to windows.
    6. Window screens may not be removed from windows. All window air conditioners require medical approval from the Student Health Center and must be installed by University Facilities personnel. Throwing any object, solid or liquid, out of a residence hall window or off any balcony or landing is strictly prohibited. Food, plants, or other items are not permitted on outside windowsills, landings, or ledges.
    7. Clothing, posters, banners, flags, or any other form of messages, may not be displayed from windows or placed on columns, bannisters, balconies, or railings on the exterior of a building.
    8. Students are prohibited from climbing onto outside ledges, accessing roofs, and leaning out balconies and windows.
    9. Objects are not to be hung from any pipes, pipe chases, and sprinkler heads.
    10. Students must be present when holiday lights are on. Only non-flammable or fire retardant decorations may be used. Curtains, clothing, paper, and other flammables must be kept away from all wires. Banners and sheets must not be placed over any lights or hung from ceilings.  Decorations may not be hung from ceilings.
    11. Live Christmas trees must be installed and cared for in accordance with University guidelines.  Contact Residential Life staff for a copy of the Guidelines.
    12. No luggage, storage containers, or similar personal items (including athletic gear) are allowed in hallways, attics, balconies, patios, breezeways or commons areas. Limited storage for these items may be available in the indoor bicycle storage room in Gaines, the basement of Woods Creek and certain theme houses.
    13. In-room refrigerators and microwaves must fit W&L's size and energy-use specifications - see letter N. There is a limit of one microwave per Woods Creek apartment kitchen. Electrical appliances such as radios, stereos, televisions, computers, hair dryers, etc. may be used within the electrical usage guidelines stated in these regulations.
    14. Use of electric outlets is subject to reasonable standards of safety. Consequently, items such as electric heaters, ceiling fans, refrigerators of more than 2.5 cubic feet capacity, air conditioners, and cooking appliances are strictly prohibited. Maximum wattage for double outlets is 1500 watts.
    15. Only UL approved multi-plug adaptors (power strips) with circuit breakers that are UL 1363 are allowed. Up to three items may be plugged into a multi-plug adaptor. Maximum wattage for a multi-plug adaptor is 1500 watts. Do not confuse a surge protector with a circuit breaker.
    16. The following are also strictly prohibited:
      1. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all of the first-year halls. In the upper-division residences, students who are 21 years of age or older may use and possess alcoholic beverages in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia laws within their assigned room.
      2. Any illegal drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to smoking devices and water pipes.
      3. Any type of weapon, including but not limited to firearms, components of firearms, explosives, live ammunition, blowguns, BB guns, air guns, stun weapons, machetes and knives (except pocket knives having a folding metal blade of less than three inches).
      4. Possession or use of fireworks or explosives of any kind in or near the residence halls.
      5. Water bombs, water fights, or water beds.
      6. Pets, except fish (5-gallon tank maximum) and emotional assistance animals approved by the Title IX Coordinator and Director of Disability Resources in advance pursuant to University policy and protocol as a reasonable accommodation for a qualifying disability. Service animals will be allowed in accordance with the University's Policy on Use of Service Animals on Campus.
      7. The use of hard balls (lacrosse balls, baseballs, etc.) in the residence halls and in the Washington Street Park, Graham-Lees, and Gaines quads.
      8. Hall sports and horseplay in University housing.
      9. Loft beds (except those assembled and approved by W&L Facilities staff).
      10. Incense, candles, halogen lights or lamps, or any open flame or other incendiary agent.
      11. Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in or near the residence halls or on University property.
      12. Use or storage of any flammable liquids and solvents (gasoline, kerosene, propane, etc.) in or near student rooms or living areas.
      13. Use or storage of self-balancing two-wheel motorized boards, self-propelled electric scooters, and similar devices, also known as Hover boards, Swagways, IO Hawks, Skywalkers, etc.
      14. Extension cords and multi-prong adapters except power strips with a circuit breaker that are UL 1363.
      15. Use or storage of digital/3D printers in student rooms or elsewhere in campus housing living areas.
  5. Violation of the statements of social responsibility or any of the above regulations may result in temporary or permanent removal from housing and discipline consistent with applicable University policies. Vandalism and deliberate destruction of University property are included.
  6. If a student violates the University Policy on Illegal Drugs/Controlled Substances in University housing and is a resident of University housing, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students or designee may remove the student from housing without refund. If the student resides in a University fraternity or sorority and violates the University Policy on Illegal Drugs/Controlled Substances in a fraternity or sorority house, the House Corporation, in accordance with the Standards for Fraternities/Sororities, may remove the student from the house without refund.
  7. The terms and conditions of each student's Housing Agreement with the University are incorporated by reference within these Residence Hall regulations.

Procedures for Student Housing Evacuation in the Case of a Fire

When the alarms sound, immediate evacuation is mandatory and reentry to a building is prohibited until Campus Public Safety has given proper clearance approval. Residents who have physical or other concerns are requested to notify Residential Life staff so that additional assistance during emergencies can be arranged if necessary.

In the event of a fire, the University expects that all campus community members will immediately evacuate by the nearest exit, closing doors and activating the fire alarm system (if one is present) as they leave. Once safely outside a building, it is appropriate to contact 911 and the Public Safety Office. Students and/or staff are informed where to assemble in order to do a head count and make sure everyone is out or the location of anyone that might be left in the building.

RA's and CA's are trained to do a quick check of their areas of the building to make sure everyone has exited except when there is smoke or fire that is putting them in jeopardy and then they are to exit immediately.

Employees and Students who have been properly trained by the University Director of Environmental Health and Safety to operate a fire extinguisher may attempt to extinguish an incipient stage fire if they have the proper extinguisher and feel safe in doing so. No other students or employees are to attempt to use a fire extinguisher but are to exit immediately. At no time should the closing of doors or the activation of the alarm delay the exit from the building.

Fire Safety Education and Training Programs Provided to Students and Employees

Fire safety education programs are taught to all RA's and CA's, Facility Management personnel, Athletic Department Grounds and Custodial personnel, Public Safety Officers, Scene Shop Students, and offered on a voluntary basis for the entire campus community. These programs are designed to: familiarize everyone with the fire safety system in each housing facility, train everyone on the procedures to be followed in case there is a fire and distribute information on the college's fire safety policies. During these programs, trainers emphasize that participating in fire drills is mandatory. They are also advised that in the event persons do not exit during a fire drill that they will be fined $250.

Fire safety education and training programs are taught by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, who is experienced in fire safety matters.

If a fire occurs, students are instructed to leave hazardous areas per the evacuation routes and get to a predetermined location before calling 911 for help. They are to remain in that location so that those in charge of the building or someone from the Public Safety Office has documented that all the students have left the building. RAs are instructed to pull the fire alarm as they are leaving the building if the fire alarm is not already activated and they can do so without risking their safety.

Fire Drills

The University conducts four (4) unannounced fire drills per year in each student housing facility. One of these fire drills is within the first 10 days of classes and one is conducted after sunset and before sunrise. It is then assessed if any problems were noted, such as residents not being able to hear the alarm, exit problems, exit lighting, etc. Any deficiencies are addressed. The fire drills are conducted by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, the Fire Prevention Specialist, and Public Safety Officers.

It is mandatory that everyone exits during a fire drill (or an actual fire). Those occupants failing to exit during the drill will be fined $250.

List of the Titles of Each Person or Organization to Whom Students and Employees Should Report That a Fire Occurred

Per federal law, Washington and Lee University is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities. Listed below are the non-emergency numbers to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing. These are fires for which you are unsure whether the Public Safety Office may already be aware. If you find evidence of such a fire or if you hear about such a fire, please contact one of the following:

  • Public Safety Office/Dispatch (540) 458-8400
  • Director of Environmental Health and Safety (540) 458-8175 or (C) (540) 460-6209

When calling, please provide as much information as possible about the location, date, time and cause of the fire.

Plans for Future Improvements in Fire Safety, if Determined Necessary by the University

The University plans to continue to upgrade older fire alarm systems on a regular basis. The University continues to include the monitoring of alarm systems by an outside agency anytime new systems come online. All Fire Alarm System monitoring for residential housing as well as most other buildings is provided by Emergency 24 Monitoring, which then contacts the Fire Department as well as Washington & Lee University's Public Safety Office.