Safety and Security

The Office of Safety and Security at Marist College provides a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service to the College community, its visitors and guests. The Office of Safety and Security works as a liaison with local fire, police and rescue agencies. All Marist Security officers have Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (AED & CPR) certification.

The Office of Safety and Security is located in Donnelly 201, and can be reached by calling 845-575-3000, Ext. 2282 or 845-471-1822. In emergency only dial 845-575-5555 or Ext. 5555.

fire safety information

All buildings are equipped with fire alarm systems. All systems are tested and inspected annually by a New York State certified fire alarm installer. All fire alarm systems are monitored 24/7 off campus by a central monitoring station as well as by the Safety and Security Office on campus. Fire alarm pull stations are located near the exits. For your safety, whenever the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building immediately using the nearest exit. Treat all alarms as the real thing - assume nothing! Behavior of any kind, which inadvertently activates a fire alarm, may be subject to disciplinary action.  Failure to evacuate an area may also result in disciplinary action.

Fire Response Plan

The following procedures should be followed in case of FIRE:

  • Rescue and Relocate anyone in immediate danger.
  • Alert others by activating the fire alarm system and/or call Security at 845-575-5555 or Ext. 5555 from a safe location.
  • Confine the emergency by closing doors.
  • Evacuate immediately. Use stairs, do not use elevators. If in heat or smoke, crawl low. If there is smoke in the corridor, stay in the room, close and seal doors, dial 845-575-5555 or Ext. 5555 for help and then stand by the window.

Fire Alarm Procedures

1.   All students, staff and faculty are required to evacuate the building during a fire alarm.

2.   If a fire alarm sounds, immediately proceed to the nearest exit. The last person out should close the door. If smoke hampers your means of evacuating, find an alternative route.

3.   Do NOT use the elevator to evacuate the building, CRAWL low in a smoky condition. Use the stairs in order to evacuate safely.

4.   Always know two ways out and familiarize yourself with the escape routes in the event of an emergency.

5.   If you observe other people in the building who may be unfamiliar with the alarm, advise them of the fire alarm and suggest that they evacuate. DO NOT force them to leave or become confrontational. Once outside, report their location to a Safety and Security Officer.

6.   Proceed to a pre-designated assembly area, away from the building. Do not stand in front of or near the entrances to the building. An explosion may spread debris over a large area. DO NOT block fire department access to the building.

7.   Do not re-enter the building until the fire alarm has been silenced and the Safety and Security Officer or the Fairview Fire Department has indicated that it is safe to re-enter.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

College buildings are to be evacuated immediately when the fire alarm is activated under the following conditions:

1.   When evacuating the building, use the nearest exit if possible. 

2.   Before you open a door, feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door is hot or you can see fire or smoke in the corridor, do not pass through. Stay in the room. Pack towels (preferably wet) under the door to prevent smoke entry. Contact the Office of Safety and Security at 845-575-5555 or Ext. 5555, and report your location. Then proceed to the window and wave a brightly colored cloth to draw attention to your location. Open the window; do not break the window.

3.   If the door is cool, open it slowly. If there is no smoke, proceed to the nearest exit. If the smoke is light, crawl low to the nearest exit. If you encounter smoke along the way, choose an alternative escape route. Make sure the doors close behind you to prevent the spread of smoke.

4.   Once outside, proceed to the designated area, away from the building and doors. Make sure that everyone is accounted for. If occupants were unable to get out of the building, or if they cannot be found, report this to the Office of Safety and Security Officer at the scene.

Fire Evacuation Procedures for persons with disabilities

1.   If the occupant, resident or visitor is located on the ground floor of the building, exit through the nearest exit.

2.   If the occupant, resident or visitor is located above or below the ground floor, do not use the elevator. Call the Office of Safety and Security at 845-575-5555 or Ext. 5555, give the dispatcher your name, exact location, room number and telephone number.

3.   The disabled person should proceed or ask for assistance to the nearest enclosed or exterior stairwell or “area of safe refuge” and remain there. In case of a fire, enclosed building stairwells are “safe refuge areas” and have a higher fire resistive rating. The disabled person should notify an individual (i.e., a co-worker, supervisor, instructor or building monitor) of their specific location. If possible, the disabled person can notify 9-1-1 of their location.

During an emergency event, remain clear of emergency vehicles at all times. Maintain a safe distance, no less than 50 feet away from the building to enable the fire department to enter and operate safely.

For additional fire safety information and annual fire statistics by residence, you can visit

General Fire Safety Policies

1.   Make a reasonable effort to extinguish small fires by using fire extinguishers or turning off electrically driven equipment.

2.   No storage of personal items or placement of furniture or boxes in exits, corridors or stairwells.

3.   Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords.

4.   Handle flammable liquids with care.

5.   Do not leave appliances unattended in kitchens.

6.   Good housekeeping is essential for a fire safe residence.

7.   If your clothes catch fire, stop-drop-roll.

8.   The doors within a building, especially in stairways and in corridors, are required to meet state and local fire codes. Doors in stairwells must never be propped open. Open doors will allow the spread of smoke and fire to the exits, rendering them useless.

9.   Identify and walk through your emergency escape routes so that you will be familiar with them in the event of a fire.

10. Know where the building meeting location is in the event of an emergency evacuation.

11.  All buildings on Marist College property are smoke free. Smoking outside is permitted, however, you must be AT LEAST 25 feet from the building.

Adjacent Land and Waterfront Properties

Along the eastern bank of the Hudson River, not all land is owned by the College.  The College (with the support of appropriate authorities) does not tolerate the invasion of these lands by members of our community. Any invasion of these private properties will be pursued by the Office of Student Conduct. Therefore, unauthorized gatherings are not permitted along the riverfront, whether on college property or on adjacent land. When alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are discovered, they will be confiscated and appropriate sanctions will be imposed on those found to be in violation of policy. The same policy applies to lands adjacent to campus residence areas such as the railroad tracks by the main campus and next to the lower and upper West Cedar Apartments.

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes are located in numerous areas on campus. If you need to reach the Security office, you need only to follow the directions on the box to call the Security Office. These call boxes are located in the following areas on Campus:

  • Beck Place - West Lot
  • Boat House
  • Foy Townhouses
  • Fulton Street Townhouses - Parking Lots and Center Sidewalk
  • Hoop Lot - Lower/Hoop Lot - Upper
  • Lower West Cedar - P Block/Lower West Cedar - R Block
  • McCann - North side by emergency doors
  • Riverview
  • Sheahan - bottom of steps in Parking Lot
  • St. Ann’s Garage
  • Steel Plant - North Side, facing Beck Lot
  • Student Center - Rear Loading Dock
  • Talmadge Court
  • Upper West Cedar - T Block/Upper West Cedar - V Block
  • Upper West Cedar - W Block/Upper West Cedar - Laundry Room

Enforcement by Local Police and Marist Security

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department will enforce the laws in regard to both motorists (speeding & no turn on red) and Pedestrians (crossing when the “don’t walk” indicator is displayed or not crossing at intersections). Marist security staff will also monitor Pedestrian activity at the crosswalks. When stopped on campus by Marist Security, students are required to identify themselves and/or produce valid ID.

Motorists Responsibilities

Motorists are required to obey all traffic laws. The V & T Law requires motorists to exercise due care to avoid collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists using the roadways. When no traffic control device (traffic light) is in place at the crosswalk, motorists are required to yield the right of way to a pedestrian within the crosswalk.

Pedestrian Responsibilities

The New York State Vehicle and Traffic (V & T) Law has been publicized to provide for the safe use of the highways by all our residents and visitors including both motorists and Pedestrians. Both Motorists and Pedestrians, who fail to obey the V & T law, risk not only injury or death but could also receive a traffic ticket. Just as a person who fails to stop at a red light can receive a summons, a Pedestrian can also receive a summons for (a) failure to obey a traffic signal that prohibits them from crossing until the signal light indicates that it is safe to do so; and (b) crossing a roadway in violation of posted signs prohibiting such crossing.

The State Traffic Law regarding Pedestrians who cross at crosswalks regulated by Traffic Lights requires Pedestrians to obey the traffic signals when using crosswalks at intersections controlled by traffic lights. It is a violation of the State Traffic Law for a person to cross when a “don’t walk” signal is displayed and the person can receive a traffic summons (ticket) from the police. This violation is commonly known as “jaywalking.”

It is also unlawful for Pedestrians to walk on the roadway when sidewalks are provided.

Pedestrians at uncontrolled crosswalks (no traffic light) are not permitted to suddenly leave the curb/sidewalk so that it is impractical for a motorist to stop.

•    Receiving a ticket for “jaywalking” requires the violator to attend a court hearing and if found guilty can result in a fine, possibly as high as $100.00.

•    Students who receive two or more summonses from the Town Police or citations from Marist Security in a semester will face student conduct action and may be placed on disciplinary probation.

Pedestrian and Motorist Responsibilities on Route 9

Please read the following information carefully and if you have any questions contact the Office of Safety and Security (telephone 845-471-1822; e-mail

Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP)

Under the auspices of the Office of Safety and Security, SNAP is a student-run on-campus walking escort service available to students upon request. Call Ext. 2282.

Vehicle Registration and Parking

The Office of Safety and Security, located in Donnelly 201, Ext. 2282 is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the parking and vehicle registration policy.

In order to facilitate traffic flow on the Marist campus, the following policies have been established:

•    Resident students with less than 50 earned credits are not permitted to have a vehicle on campus. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Safety and Security.

•    Resident Student parking is not guaranteed. When resident student parking spaces are filled, parking registration will be closed even to those with 50 or more earned credits.

•    Academic or Medical waivers of the 50 credit rule MAY (bold) be issued. These waivers are rare and no one is guaranteed a waiver. Waiver forms can be found on the Security website. The waiver must be approved before (underline before) a student brings a vehicle to campus. Academic waivers must be approved by the School Dean and are only valid for the semester the course is taken. Medical waivers will be reviewed and approved by the College’s medical staff. Space is limited and the College reserves the right to deny applications or close the application process.

•    Student parking is confined to those vehicles registered with the Office of Safety and Security and to which a parking permit has been issued.

•    Students with less than 50 earned credits are not permitted to register a vehicle under the name of another student with more than 50 earned credits.

•    Vehicles without permits are subject to booting or towing at the owner’s expense as well as traffic citations.

•    Student parking permits will be issued for a designated parking lot and will be good for that lot, only.  Vehicles parked in other than designated lots will be treated as vehicles without permits.

•    There are a limited number of parking spaces on campus. Only that number of permits equaling spaces will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

When applying for parking permits, the following information and documents are required:

a.   Driver’s license

b.   Vehicle registration

c.   Vehicle description

d.   College I.D. number

e.   Local address

Handicap parking spaces are restricted to those vehicles displaying a state, county or town handicap parking permit.  Marist College CANNOT issue Handicapped Parking Permits. Local Police are permitted to issue parking tickets to those who violate the handicapped permit laws

Vehicle operators may be asked to verify that the handicapped permit is issued for their use.  Fraudulent use of handicapped permit may result in revocation of all parking privileges.

In addition to the above, the following parking restrictions apply:

•    Parking is not permitted in areas other than marked parking spaces.  Parking in restricted areas subjects the vehicle to traffic citations, booting and towing at the owner’s expense.  Restricted areas include, but are not limited to: fire zones, no parking area, cross walks, fire hydrants, handicap zones, and restricted permit parking areas.

•    Visitor parking is reserved for the use of off-campus visitors only.

•    With the exception of resident student parking areas, overnight parking is not permitted.

•    Violations of this parking policy may result in revocation of parking privileges.