Fire Safety Policies

Texas Christian University considers fire safety ex­tremely important and students have an obligation to adhere to University regulations as well as city and state statutes. The following are TCU policies and procedures for matters involving fire safety (see Code of Student Conduct section 3.2.5).

Setting a Fire (Arson). Any individual who sets a fire (commits arson) in or near a University building is subject to immediate suspension from the University, will be charged a fine of $400, and may be charged for repairing any damage caused by the fire.

Fire Alarm Evacuation. Whenever a fire alarm sounds, normal evacuation procedures must be followed. All occupants must leave the building and may not return unless told to do so by TCU police or fire officials. A complete floor by floor, room by room check will be made of the building by TCU police and/or fire of­ficials. Occupants must remain outside the building during this check. Any individual who fails to evacuate a building after a fire alarm has sounded will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and may be charged a fine of $100.

False Fire Alarm Sanctions. Every effort will be made to identify the individual(s) who cause a false alarm. When such persons are identified they will be referred to Campus Life – Dean’s Office for disciplinary ac­tion, which may include suspension from the Univer­sity, even for a first offense. In addition to appropriate disciplinary action, an assessment of $400 for the false fire alarm may be charged to the individual involved. In the event that an individual or individuals cannot be identified within 10 class days, the false alarm assess­ment may be charged to all individuals in the residence hall or living unit with a $5 minimum charge for each resident.

Misuse of Fire Safety Equipment (Other than Fire Alarms)

Any individual who misuses or tampers with any fire safety equipment (other than fire alarms) will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and may be charged a fine of $100 (minimum) plus the cost of repair or replacement of misused or damaged equipment, cleaning of the facility, and damage to other property. In addition to being subject to University penalties, any student who starts a fire, dam­ages or tampers with the evacuation alarm or misuses fire safety equipment also will be subject criminal charges.

  • Tampering with a fire extinguisher
  • Tampering or damaging control valves
  • Smoking in any residence hall
  • Breaking a sprinkler head (s)
  • Removing smoke detectors or covers
  • Disabling fire suppression system
  • Blocking exits with furniture or other items
  • Tampering or damaging fire exit lights, lights, pull sta­tions, notification devices, or obstructing locking exit doors.

A complete Annual Fire Safety Report may be found at