2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 47 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 Care should be taken to see that blinds are properly tilted at night to ensure privacy and to maintain proper appearance of the building. Anything that detracts from the appearance of the building must not be placed in the windows. Screens are to remain fastened. Using windows as an entrance or exit is prohibited except in emergency situations. Women living on the first floor of the residence halls must keep the pins in the windows. They are in place for residents’ protection. Ordinary precautions to prevent fires in residence halls should be observed. Electrical appliances are to be turned off when not in use. If smoke is detected, it should be reported at once. Open flames of any kind are prohibited. This includes candles and incense. Students should acquaint themselves with all exits in case of fire or disaster. Any questionable or irregular conduct should be reported immediately to the residence hall director, campus police, or someone in authority. Each residence hall room has a posted map of the building, including the location of the specific room and the closest exit locations for evacuation. If signage is missing in a room, residents should report the issue to the Residence Life Staff. The HSU Police Department offers escort services to students who return to campus late at night. Their phone number is 325-670-1461. Emergency Telephones Red boxes containing emergency access to the HSU police are located on campus. These are to be used only in times of emergency to communicate directly with the HSU Police Department. Emergency phone locations are: • Inside the first set of glass doors on the north side of the Mabee Physical Therapy building • Northeast corner of Hunter Hall • Northeast corner of Ferguson Hall • Northwest corner of Arts and Sciences Annex • Parking lot across from Nix Hall • Parking lot between Behrens and Lange Halls Any student abusing the use of these phones will face disciplinary action. Electrical Safety Safety steps to prevent and reduce the risk of electrical fires in student housing include: • Purchase and use only UL-rated electrical appliances and power cords (No “home-made” cords). • For safety reasons, extension cords are not allowed. However, UL-rated power strips with built-in circuit breakers are an acceptable alternative. • Use power strips with an over-current protector that automatically shuts off power if there is too much current being drawn. • Never “daisy-chain” power strips by plugging one into another; power strips must be directly plugged into the wall outlet. • Refrigerators, microwaves (permitted in houses and apartments only), or other heavy appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet. • Do not tack or nail an electrical cord to any surface, or run cords across traffic paths, under rugs or furniture. • Use light bulbs with the correct wattage for lamps. If no indication is on the lamp, do not use a bulb with more than 60 watts.