Environmental Health & Safety

Residence Hall Safety


When you are alerted by the fire alarm, shouted warnings, or the sensation of smoke or fire:

Feel the metal door knob before opening any doors. If it is hot, don't open the door. If it isn't, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly; but if heat or heavy smoke is present, close the door and stay in the room.

If you can't leave the room, seal up the cracks around the door using sheets or pieces of clothing. Then hang an object out the window (i.e., bed sheet, jacket or shirt) to attract the attention of the fire department. Call University Police 911 or 962.2222 and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give your room number and location.

Keep low to the floor if there is smoke in the room.

If you can leave the room, close all doors and windows as you exit.

Move quickly in a crouched position to the nearest exit. DO NOT USE AN ELEVATOR. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat or smoke, go to another exit. Place a wet towel or cloth over your head and face. Breathe through the wet towel by taking short breaths through your nose. Cover your body with something that can be easily discarded if it catches on fire; also wear shoes.

If all exits are blocked, go back

Stand clear of the building after evacuating. Go to your designated area and help account for each person on your floor.

Never re-enter a burning building for any reason



The electrical systems in the residence halls are not designed to carry heavy loads of electrical equipment. The maximum capacity for each room is 1,000 watts. Therefore, no single appliance should exceed 700 watts. Appliances that are permitted include: microwaves, coffee pots, air popcorn poppers, hair dryers, electric shavers, radios, TVs and stereos. Microwaves are permitted in student rooms and must be .7 cu. ft. or smaller. Items, which are not allowed, include: electric heaters, oil popcorn poppers, toaster ovens, and other open coiled or open flame appliances. MICROWAVES ARE THE ONLY COOKING APPLIANCES ALLOWED IN THE STUDENT ROOMS. Students living in the University Apartments may use toasters but not toaster ovens. NO HOMEMADE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE WILL BE PERMITTED.

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Use of extension cords is permitted when only one item is plugged into it; however, you may use more than one appliance on a circuit if you use breaker-protected, multi-plug power strips. These may be purchased for under $15.00 at most hardware and department stores. We also encourage you to use surge protectors on all electronic equipment: TVs, VCRs, stereo equipment, CD players, etc.

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Candles, incense, oil lamps, etc. are not permitted in the residence halls. These items produce an open flame or hotspot that produces smoke. They may inadvertently set off the smoke alarm system causing a false alarm. They may start a fire. You are encouraged to bring irons and curling irons that have an automatic turn off feature. Live Christmas trees are not permitted in student rooms. No fireworks or gas grills are allowed in or around any residence life area. Charcoal grills are not allowed on porches or balconies, but may be used outside and at a safe distance from the building. Motorized vehicles may not be parked at any location in or around the student residences other than authorized parking lots/spaces.

Walls of any residence life area may not be covered by cardboard and no wall may have more than 50% of its total area covered by any material including paper, cardboard, fabric, metal, etc. At no time may items cover life safety equipment such as sprinklerheads or smoke detectors. Items may not block doorways.

Students are not allowed to bring halogen lamps to their room, apartment or suite. Halogen lamps burn up to 10 times hotter than an ordinary light bulb, causing a potential fire hazard.

Keeping with university policy, residents in the University Apartments and the University Suites should store nothing, including bicycles, under any stairwell.

Fire fighting, detection and alarm equipment is provided for the protection of all residents. Misuse of, or tampering with, this equipment is a violation of university regulations and state criminal statutes, and may result in any one or combination of the following: immediate termination of the housing license contract, university disciplinary action, and criminal fines and/or imprisonment. Students are required by state law to evacuate a residence hall when a fire alarm is activated or during other emergencies.

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Hazardous materials including, but not limited to, gas, propane, chemicals, tiki torch fluid, gas grills are not permitted in on-campus housing under any circumstances.

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Because of public health regulations, pets are NOT permitted in the residence halls, the University Apartments, University Suites, or Seahawk Village, Landing and Crossing under any circumstances including brief visits or temporary stays. This applies to, but is not limited to dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, mice and other rodents. Fish in aquariums are permitted as long as the tank does not exceed 20 gallons and is kept in sanitary condition. A Health and Safety fine of at least $25.00 is assessed to each student who possesses a pet in the student residences. Residents will be assessed for the cost of extermination in any rooms requiring pesticide for fleas caused by pets. Any pets found in violation of this policy may be removed immediately and turned over to the Wilmington Animal Control Center or the Humane Society.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington is a smoke-free campus as it applies to all academic, student support and residential buildings. This means that smoking is not permitted in buildings at any time. Violators of the smoke-free guidelines will be held accountable for their actions in the student conduct system.

All private (residential rooms, suites, apartments, bathrooms, and computer labs) and public areas (main lobbies, common lounges, study rooms, hallways, laundry facilities, and stairwells) in all residential facilities are considered smoke-free. Resident students and their guests must smoke outside of university-owned residential facilities at least 25 feet from any building entrance or air intake. Smoking materials must be properly disposed of in approved recepticles.

Students found in violation of this policy will be fined at least $25.00 for their first instance and at least $50.00 for each subsequent violation.

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