Safety, Security and Emergencies

Accidents and Other Illnesses

During the normal, academic year, the clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Check in by 4:30 p.m. is requested. The Health Center is closed on weekends and holidays. If there is an accident or health-related incident, contact your hall staff immediately, or call TCU Police (817-257-7777) for emergency assistance.

Emergency Calls

In most instances, calling TCU Police (817-257- 7777) in an emergency is the most appropriate approach.

Procedures for Student Housing Evacuations

Whenever a fire alarm sounds, normal evacuation procedures must be followed. All occupants are required to leave the building and may not return until permitted by TCU Police or fire officials. A complete floor-by-floor, room-by-room check will be made of the building by Hous­ing & Residence Life or Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff, TCU Police and/or fire officials whenever possible. Occu­pants must remain outside the building during this check. Remember that smoke, not heat or flames, is the major cause of casualties in University housing facility fires. 

Know these procedures in the case of an evacuation:

  1. Leave the building immediately upon hearing the fire alarm sound. Under normal conditions, all stu­dents are expected to evacuate from University housing facilities in less than 3 minutes. All occupants must leave the building and may not return unless told to do so by Texas Christian University Police officers or fire officials.
  2. Learn the locations of all exits nearest to your room. Do not assume your regular exit is closest or safest. If possible, wear shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
  3. When you leave your room, close the door.
  4. If smoke is present, crawl low to the floor or stay in your room.
  5. Only use stairways; never use an elevator.
  6. Warn fellow neighbors by knocking on doors as you quickly make your way to the nearest exit. Once out­side, go to the building collection area at least 150 feet away from the building.
  7. If you cannot leave your room for any reason: a. block all openings with wet towels b. call TCU Police (817-257-7777) or 911 and advise the dispatcher of your location c. stay close to the window holding a wet towel to your face; d. do not open the windows except to alert rescue personnel by hanging a white sheet or cloth out the windows

Fire Safety

A fire in a university housing facility can endanger the lives of hundreds of people and destroy thousands of dollars worth of property. Fire safety should not be taken for granted. Every member of the campus has a responsibil­ity to help prevent fires. Every student should be aware of potential fire hazards and know proper emergency proce­dures and phone numbers. The leading fire hazards in a university housing facilities include open flames (such as candles), decorations, trash, flammable liquids, halogen lamps, small extension cords, and appliances. False alarms are also one of the greatest hazards. They create a mood of apathy, which leads to slow reactions in the case of a real fire. Please take the necessary precautions to insure that your room does not have fire hazards. Keep your room as uncluttered as possible. Use your appliances carefully. Report opened fire doors, blocked exits, and accumulated trash to your hall staff.

Your University housing facility is equipped with several fire safety features with which you should be famil­iar. Fire alarms and smoke detectors are located throughout the building. Know where these are located and how they operate. Every hall has an escape plan for every resident, which will be discussed at your Welcome Meeting dur­ing the first week of each semester. A fire drill will be held early in the semester to practice your escape procedures. Fire doors are located throughout the building and should be kept closed at all times. Instructions for what to do in case of a fire will be discussed each semester to familiarize you with procedures to follow in case of a fire.

Other Emergency Procedures

Emergency situations in University housing can be dangerous to life and property of the residents. Therefore, various precautions are taken to insure that all students know what to do when an emergency situation arises. You are required to participate in ALL evacuation or emergency drills, fire or otherwise. Failure to participate will result in follow-up and possible fine.

Outside Doors

Since University housing facilities represent unique communities, everyone shares the responsibility for secu­rity of the building and residents. All doors are locked 24 hours a day. You must use your ID card to enter your hall. You should be aware that tampering with the security of a University housing facility, such as propping doors open, affects the safety of all residents and is taken very seriously. Phones are provided at the front entrance of each residence hall to enable visitors to call the resident they are visiting. Do not allow anyone to enter University housing with you unless you know them personally.

Personal Safety and Security

TCU shares many of the same concerns as other ur­ban institutions. Students should take precautions to assure protection of their person and property. It is your respon­sibility to protect yourself and your possessions in your room. Remember to lock your door and windows when you leave, even if only for a short time. 

Solicitation

No salespersons, student or otherwise, are permit­ted to contact residents personally in the halls for com­mercial purposes. If a vendor bothers you, please notify the hall office and your hall staff at once. Campus organiza­tions are permitted to sell in the hall lobbies with approval of the Hall Director, but they may not contact residents individually on a room-to-room basis. Use of the intercom to advertise such activities are not permitted. Recruitment by any campus organization is prohibited in the residence halls. All flyers or announcements by approved campus organizations must be brought to Housing & Residence Life, Ground Floor of Pamela and Edward Clark Hall or the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office, King Family Com­mons, for distribution in University housing. No business enterprises may be operated from a residential room. 

Suspicious Persons

If you notice someone in your hall that does not belong, is behaving in a suspicious manner, or both, please contact TCU Police immediately (817-257-7777) and a hall staff member. Do not confront the person yourself.

Tornadoes

Texas is subject to tornadoes, particularly (though not exclusively) from March through September. The University has designated shelter areas on campus and has educated staff on appropriate procedures. Each housing office is equipped with emergency Weather Service radio equipment. Your Hall Director will explain the tornado alert signal and will direct you to the designated shelter in your hall in the event of a tornado sighting. When the tornado alert signal sounds, you should:

  1. Move quickly and quietly to the designated area without running or talking.
  2. Keep calm and listen for instructions.
  3. Take one of the following positions:
  4. sitting with head between knees and hands covering head, or
  5. kneeling with hands covering head.
  6. Stay in the designated area until the official “clear” is given.