Residence Hall Safety
Incense, and Kitchen Appliances
Residents in FHSU residence halls are not allowed to have lighted
candles, burn incense, or use open heating coil appliances within the residence
halls. For safety reasons, toaster ovens electric skillets and electrical
grills (e.g. George Foreman grills) are not permitted. What's allowed: popcorn
poppers, blenders, small microwaves (800 watts), or coffee pots.
The Fort Hays State University is smoke and tobacco-free. This includes the use of any
Firearms, ammunition, martial arts weapons, knives, explosives, and
other weapons are not allowed in the halls or on the FHSU campus. Please
note that this policy includes, but is not limited to: paint ball guns,
blowguns, and wrist rockets/sling shots.
According to the State Fire Marshal, the residence halls at FHSU meet the
state fire safety codes. Halls are equipped with safety equipment including
smoke detectors in each room. If the fire system is activated, everyone in the facility
is required to leave immediately and not allowed to reenter the facility until
Residence Life Professional Staff gives a clear signal. Any person who misuses
fire safety equipment (including smoke detectors and sprinkler systems) will be
subject to severe disciplinary action and/or arrest..
A Tornado Watch means that
conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. Be alert to weather conditions
and announcements. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted
or radar indicates rotation in the clouds. In case of a warning, everyone in the facility
is encouraged to move to the basement, first or second levels and away from all
windows in the facility. If you are in the
Stadium Place Apartments, you are encouraged to go to your bathtub and place a
mattress overhead. If you are in the
Wooster Place Apartments, you are encouraged to go to Wiest Hall.
Safety in Residence Halls
Your personal safety and the protection of your possessions require a
joint effort between you and the university. If you have visitors, you are
responsible for their actions and must escort them at all times.
For the security of our residents, Residence Life facilities will be
locked for the following hours.
- Custer Hall: All
doors will be locked at 4:30 pm – 6:00 am. Residential wings and floors require card
swipe access at all times.
- McMindes Hall: All
doors except the main entrance are locked from 11:00 pm – 6:00 am. Residents
will be required to check in to the front desk with a photo ID. Guests must be
escorted by a McMindes Hall resident until exiting the facility.
- Wiest Hall: All
doors will be locked at 12:00 am – 8:00 am.
We advise that you:
- Familiarize yourself with the emergency
procedures in your hall.
- Keep your room locked if you are not in it.
- Do not leave unaccompanied guests in your room.
- Contact your RA, Student Health, or University
Police if you need emergency assistance.
- Use the one-way viewers (peep holes) located in
- Do not participate in outdoor sports in the
residence halls, i.e., rollerblading, Frisbee, football, bicycling.
- Follow posted procedures for evacuation during
fire alarms or tornadoes.