Fire Safety Report

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
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 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
1 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
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 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 Report 2015

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. 1 1 Student caught a paper towel on fire cooking spaghettios 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
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 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. 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

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: $0

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
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, 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."

  1. 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 from 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. Fine - $250
        5. Vandalism to fire extinguisher cabinet. Fine - $100
        6. Exit Signs - Vandalism, taking or possessing a University exit sign. Fine - $500
        7. Smoking in residence halls, theme or Greek Houses, including the Village Fine - $250
        8. Smoking on porches or balconies of residence halls, theme or Greek Houses, including the Village. Fine - $250
        9. Use of Candles or Other Open Flames.
          1. First Offense = warning and items confiscated
          2. Subsequent Offenses = fine $250, items confiscated, and/or conduct referral as appropriate.
        10. 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.
        11. 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.
        12. Roofs - Being on the roof of any residential building, including residence halls, Village buildings, theme and Greek houses is strictly prohibited. Fine - $250
        13. Ledges/Windows - Sitting on ledges or dangling out of windows are strictly prohibited. Fine - $250
        14. 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. Bunk beds should never be placed next to windows.
    4. Window screens should 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 windosills, landings, or ledges.
    5. 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.
    6. Students are prohibited from climbing onto outside ledges, accessing roofs, and leaning out balconies and windows.
    7. Objects are not to be hung from any pipes, pipe chases, and sprinkler heads.
    8. 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.
    9. Live Christmas Trees must be installed and cared for in accordance with University Guidelines. Contact Residential Life staff for a copy of the Guidelines.
    10. No luggage, storage containers, or similar personal items 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. Only UL approved multi-plug adaptors (power strips) with circuit breakers that are UL1363 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.
    14. The following are also strictly prohibited:
      1. Possession or use of fireworks or explosives of any kind in or near the residence halls.
      2. Incense, candles, halogen lights or lamps, or any open flame or other incendiary agent.
      3. Use or storage of any flammable liquids and solvents (gasoline, kerosene, propane, etc.) in or near student rooms or living areas.
      4. Extension cords and multi-prong adapters except power strips with a circuit breaker that are UL 1363.
      5. Use or storage of digital/3D printers in student rooms or elsewhere in campus housing living areas.
    15. Violation of 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.
    16. All Village housing units come equipped with washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven range, refrigerator and microwave. It's essential for students to review and know how to properly use all of the appliances. Please don't simply start from scratch without knowing how to utilize the machines. Be mindful of any and all items left in or on the stove and in the microwave as well. Never leave such items unattended. Fire safety is everyone's business. Please be alert, awake and cognizant when using appliances. If students have questions on how to use something in their unit, or concerns of a safety nature, please contact a Community Assistant or University Facilities.
    17. All Village cooking grills are strictly prohibited on the interior and exterior of apartments and townhouses. This includes all balconies, porches, and breezeways. Permanent charcoal grills are available for student use and enjoyment in designated areas of the Village.
    18. Village housing balconies, porches and breezeways cannot be used for storage or display of items because they may impede egress in an emergency or interfere with a firefighter, police officer or Public Safety staff member performing rescue operations. Obstructing the view of the balcony from the outside by hanging items (flags, banners, towels, tapestries, etc.) over the railing, on the underside of the balcony, or by propping objects against it is strictly prohibited. Writing or painting on balconies or use of decorative substances such as fake snow, chalk, or window paint is prohibited. Accessing townhouse roofs is strictly prohibited and no objects may be placed on roofs. Jumping from or throwing items off balconies, porches, breezeways and roofs is prohibited.

The terms and conditions of each student's lease with the University are incorporated by reference within these Residence Hall regulations.

Each room/townhouse/apartment will be examined for the presence of prohibited items or prohibited activity (e.g. smoking in the room; tampering with life safety equipment; possession of pets; etc.) during the Safety and Health inspections conducted each semester. In addition, during the semi-annual inspection of life safety equipment conducted during the Winter Break, the inspectors also look for violations.

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.