Housing and Residence Life is serious about your safety and well-being.
We follow all state and federal rules and regulations. All members of the Housing staff are committed to ensuring a safe environment.
- Resident Advisors do community walk-throughs every night for each neighborhood.
- Two Resident Directors are on call every night to respond to unexpected events.
- Neighborhood Assistants are on night duty 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. if you need help after hours.
Most halls are accessed by residents using their Mason ID card. Swipe access is limited to residents of each building and designated staff. Many students also use their ID card to access their suite and/or bedroom. Other residents use a key to access their suite/bedroom. Student apartments and townhouses have exterior doors, and use hard keys.
While we do our part to maintain your safety, we expect you to do yours, too. You should never exchange, duplicate, or give a key or entry card to your building or room to anyone else. If you lose one, report it immediately to your Neighborhood desk.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation, contact 911. The dispatch officer will need your name, location, and the nature of the emergency.
- The Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office conducts annual inspections of residence halls. Violations must be corrected within 30 days and are subject to re-inspection. If not corrected, students may be subject to fines, judicial procedures, eviction from the halls and/or criminal prosecution.
- Housing staff conduct health and safety inspections each semester that identify fire code violations, as well as violations to university and Housing regulations that are listed in the Resident Student Handbook (PDF).
You'll be notified at least 24 hours before your living space is up for inspection; you don't have to be there for it. Two staff members enter occupied spaces to check things out and to document violations. A notice of inspection will be posted, and you should resolve any violations quickly. If you don't know how or have a question, talk to your RA. Spaces that are in violation are subject to re-inspection.
Fire Alarms and Evacuation
When the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building immediately and report to your designated assembly area. Try to let your RA know you're out, and do what emergency personnel and Housing staff tell you to do.
Misuse of Life Safety Equipment
Don't tamper with or remove a fire extinguisher, fire alarm, smoke detector or any other equipment. You might think you're just playing around, but there could be serious consequences. Misuse of equipment is a criminal offense, and you could be subject to prosecution, in addition to disciplinary action that Mason will impose.