Campus Safety Tips
- Carry room and front door keys at all times and make certain that doors close and lock when entering or leaving buildings.
- Do not admit uninvited guests or strangers into buildings without acceptable identification.
- Report any suspicious persons or activity to the Department of Campus Safety and Security (7744) or to a member of the Office of Campus Life.
- It is not guaranteed that students will never have anything stolen while living here. It is known that if a student keeps their door locked while they’re out and their valuables put away, they probably won’t have anything stolen. Students, not the College, are responsible for any property stolen or lost.
- Do not prop doors open. Open doors are a leading cause of campus crime. Every member of the Bethany community must accept responsibility for keeping doors closed and locked at times when buildings are to be secured.
- Walk in pairs during hours of darkness and use lighted walkways. When applicable, students may request a vehicle escort from the security staff.
Fire Safety Tips and Procedures
Protect Yourself: Familiarize yourself with the emergency exits. Know two ways out. Leave immediately when an alarm sounds. Inform the Department of Safety and Security if you think someone has not evacuated the building.
Preventing and Responding to Fires: The Fire Marshall has specified a number of items that are fire hazards and, therefore, prohibited in College residences, including extension cords, electric heaters, candles, incense, toaster ovens, hot plates, and electric burners. Moreover, students are prohibited from hanging anything from the ceiling. This includes tapestries or flags covering room lights. All prohibited items will be confiscated and the student subject to fines, judicial charges, or both. Specific regulations may be modified to reflect the diversity of residence hall wiring. Serious offenses, such as any tampering with fire equipment (alarm, extinguishers, sprinkler heads, etc.), result in removal from College housing, restitution, and a minimum two-day suspension.
When there is a Fire, Sound the Alarm: If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building’s fire alarm. Warn the other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting as you leave. Take your room key in case you are unable to leave the corridor and must return to your room.
Leave the Building: Move to a designated meeting place away from the building and out of the path of the fire department. Stay outside the building until the fire department or College officials say it is safe to go in.
Call the Department of Safety and Security to Summon the Fire Department: Dial extension 7744, and give the following information:
- Name of Building
- Room Number
- Nature of the Situation
If for some reason this department can not be reached, call 9-911 to reach the Brooke County Dispatcher.
Immediate Evacuation is Safest: Use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small and you know how to use it. But be sure the fire department is called first. If you can’t put out the fire, leave immediately.