Annual Fire Safety Report and Statistics

On-Campus Student Housing Facilities

The Annual Fire Safety Report contains information with respect to the campus fire safety practices and standards of St. Thomas University. It contains a description of each on-campus housing facility fire system, the number of drills held during the previous calendar year, and policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing facilities.

The following table describes each on-campus residential facility fire safety system.

2014
Building Name and No.* Fires Injuries Deaths Damages Drills
Cascia Hall #15
(Reopened August 2013)
0 0 0 0 2
Donnellon Hall #13
(Closed May 2013)
0 0 0 0 0
University Inn #10 0 0 0 0 2
Villanova #16 0 0 0 0 2
* All residential halls are located at 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Garden, FL 33054.

 

2013
Building Name and No.* Fires Injuries Deaths Damages Drills
Cascia Hall #15
(Reopened August 2013)
0 0 0 0 2
Donnellon Hall #13
(Closed May 2013)+
0 0 0 0 0
University Inn #10 0 0 0 0 2
Villanova #16 0 0 0 0 2
* All residential halls are located at 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Garden, FL 33054.
+ The North Wing is still used as a temporary housing for camps and conferences

 

2012
Building Name and No.* Fires Injuries Deaths Damages Drills
Cascia Hall #15
(Reopened August 2013)++
0 0 0 0 0
Donnellon Hall #13
(Closed May 2013)
0 0 0 0 1
University Inn #10 0 0 0 0 1
Villanova #16 0 0 0 0 1
* All residential halls are located at 16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Garden, FL 33054.
++ No longer a residence hall as of 08/2010; Reopened August, 2013.

 

Each residential building has fire extinguishers and smoke detectors that are installed throughout the building, according to code. Villanova Hall is equipped with a sprinkler system.

Policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames, furnishings, pets, vehicles, and decorating.

  • Cooking is prohibited in student rooms. Hot plates, George Foreman grills, electric furnaces, toaster ovens and other open-coiled appliances, or those without an automatic shut-off feature, are not permitted.
  • Refrigerators larger than 4 cubic feet are prohibited.
  • Space heaters and air conditioners, which are not installed by the University, are prohibited.
  • Waterbeds and beds other than those provided by the University are prohibited.
  • No pets, other than non-poisonous fish, are permitted in the residence halls. Aquariums may not exceed 10 gallons.
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted inside the residence halls, nor may they be secured or attached to the outside of any building.
  • Residents may not remove any furnishings from their rooms without permission from the Office of Residence Life. Lounge furniture is not permitted in student rooms.
  • Residents may not paint, wallpaper, or otherwise alter their rooms without prior permission from the Office of Residence Life.
  • Residents are not to make any repairs to damages in their rooms, hallways, or University facilities. Students may not drill holes, or affix items to walls or ceilings.

Safety

  • Tampering with or misuse of fire hoses or extinguishers, alarm equipment, smoke/heat detectors, sprinkler systems, emergency exits, windows, doors, and fire exit signs is prohibited.
  • Residents and their guests are required to evacuate any campus residence building when an alarm sounds, or when instructed to do so by a University staff member. Residents are not permitted to return to the residence hall until police, the fire department, campus security, or a University staff member gives authorization.
  • No student shall commit or aid in the intentional commission of an act which results in a fire being ignited and causes damage, or is intended to cause damage, to the property of the University or another student. This violation may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.
  • Constructing, storing, possessing or detonating fireworks, combustibles, firearms, firearm parts, weapons, weapon parts, ammunition, gasoline, canisters, and other explosives are prohibited in the residence halls. Examples of weapons, which are strictly prohibited, include, but are not limited to, bows and arrows, BB guns, guns, rifles, martial art weapons, knives, and other dangerous devices or instruments.
  • Residents are required to comply with reasonable requests or orders on behalf of the University. This requirement includes reasonable requests for students to meet with administrative offices and to participate in disciplinary investigations and hearings.
  • Tampering with fire extinguisher and/or equipment.
  • Failing to comply with directions or interference with any University official/representative including but not limited Public Safety, staff members, faculty members, dining staff, physical plant staff and student residence hall staff, relating to the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, Academic Code, health and safety statutes, emergency management policies or any other regulations, which the University may adopt is prohibited. A directive may be considered any written or verbal mandate.
  • Setting off a false fire alarm or reporting false emergency. Tampering with or misuse of fire hoses or extinguishers, alarm equipment, smoke/heat detectors, sprinkler systems, emergency exits, windows, doors, and fire exit signs is prohibited. It is the responsibility of all students to notify the proper officials in case of fire or arson. Negligence and carelessness in matters of fire safety is not condoned.
  • Construction of or actual possession of firearms, ammunition, firearm parts or any other inherently dangerous weapons, weapons parts, chemicals or explosive materials is prohibited.
  • In addition to other misconduct that is described in the University Student Handbook, the Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to use of any tobacco products. Refer to the University Tobacco/Smoke Free-Zone Policy.

Tobacco/ Smoke Free Zone Policy

St. Thomas University is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire campus community. To that end, smoking areas have been designated throughout the campus. The policy will reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to become tobacco free, reduce health insurance and health care costs, and promote a campus culture of wellness.

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors. The use of tobacco and all smoking products are allowed within the designated smoking areas. Anyone smoking outside of these areas is in violation of this policy.

Effective implementation of this policy depends on the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the St. Thomas University community.

The enforcement period will run from August 1st – July 31st, annually. Individuals found in violation of this policy will be subject to the following.

  1. First-time offenders will receive a warning.
  2. Individuals violating the policy thereafter will pay a $10 donation to the Business Office. All donations will be sent to the American Lung Association of Florida.

Fire Training

Basic fire safety instruction is mandatory and is provided to all students living in residence halls at the beginning of each academic year. In addition, all residence advisers (RAs) receive additional comprehensive fire safety training and life safety training at the beginning of the calendar year that includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • fire extinguishers
  • emergency evacuation
  • health and safety inspections

Fire Drills

STU conducts mandatory fire evacuation drills every fall and spring semesters. The fire evacuation drills are conducted by activating each individual fire alarm system in each on-campus student housing facility.