Fire Safety In Residence Halls

To avoid fire hazards, the College must comply with New York State Fire Code and will conduct both announced and unannounced fire safety inspections in the residence areas. College staff may confiscate any items found in violation of College policy, NYS Fire Code, or the NYS Penal Law. In addition, the following guidelines also apply:

A. Student rooms, corridors, stairwells, common areas and lobbies are:

     1.  To be clear of any obstructions (examples: trunks, suitcases, ironing boards, athletic equipment, drying wet clothes, furniture, etc.);

     2.  To be free of any flammable material (examples: decorations, posters, notices, curtains, streamers, etc.)

B. Both the possession and use of halogen lamps, hot pots, hot plates, broiler ovens, fry pans, popcorn makers, space/portable heaters, coffee urns, immersion heaters, toasters (except in townhouse and apartment kitchens), air conditioners and similar portable equipment are prohibited in all residence areas. Electrical appliance equipment is restricted to prevent fires and to avoid overload within any facility that may cause the loss of power to the entire facility or some portion thereof. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action and confiscation of the appliance.

     1.  Students are permitted one refrigerator (no larger than 3.6 cubic feet and UL

rated with reset fuse) in each room.

     2.  Students in residence halls are permitted one microwave (no larger than 700 watts and UL rated) per room.

     3.  Appliance use in apartments and townhouses are restricted to the kitchen areas only with the exception of approved refrigerators and microwaves.

C. All electrical equipment, when being used, may only plug directly into a wall outlet or a UL rated surge protector which is plugged into a wall outlet. Possession of extension cords is not allowed.

D. The use of combustible fabrics such as room dividers, closet enclosures, wall and ceiling tapestries, curtains, etc., is prohibited in student rooms.

E. An open flame (candles, blow torches, lanterns, etc.) is not permitted anywhere in the residence areas. Use of incense is also prohibited. Candles are not permitted even for decoration purposes and will be confiscated by College staff.

F.  Fire doors in the corridors must remain closed at all times. No one may prop the doors open. Students are not to tamper with smoke and heat detector devices in residence areas, illuminated exit signs, fire department stand pipe connections, fire alarms, pull station covers and fire extinguishers. Failure to adhere to these policies will likely result in Residence Hall Dismissal.

G. If a fire extinguisher needs to be recharged, the student should contact his/her Resident Director or the Office of Safety & Security.

H. Students are permitted to use portable barbecue grills on college grounds only if proper safety precautions are observed. No barbecue grill is allowed to be used or stored within 20 feet of any structure, overhang or inside a building.

I.   Violation of the Fire Safety Policy as it applies to appliances, extension cords etc. will result in student conduct sanctions. Subsequent violations will result in more serious disciplinary action.

Sprinkler System:

Sprinkler systems are installed in all residence facilities as required by the NYS building code when they are built and/or renovated. All residence facilities have Certificates of Occupancy from the Town of Poughkeepsie Building Department. Systems are "wet" systems and are installed to NFPA standards.

The following chart indicates which residence halls have fire sprinkler systems:

Residence Building

Sprinkler System



Fulton Townhouse 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8


Foy Townhouse A, B, & C


Gartland D, E, F, & G


Leo Hall


Lower Fulton 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15


Lower Townhouse J, K, L, & M


Lower West Cedar N, O, P, Q, R, & S


Marian Hall


Marriot Residence Inn




Sheahan Hall


Talmadge Court 1, 2, & 3


Upper New Townhouse H & I


Upper West Cedar T, U, W, X, & Y


Upper West Cedar V

Basement Only

"Sprinkler system" shall mean a system of piping and appurtenances designed and installed in accordance with generally accepted standards so that heat from a fire will automatically cause water to be discharged over the fire area to extinguish it or prevent its further spread. (Sec 155 of the NYS Executive Law)

All Campus Sprinkler Systems are inspected quarterly by a private contractor as required by NYS Fire Code.

Fire Alarm and Sprinkler inspection reports are reviewed by the NYS Inspector during the annual state inspection.