Fire Safety Rules for Campus Residents updated August,
Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings on campus, including
residence halls and Greek houses.
(Student Handbook, Chapter 1)
Smoking is also
prohibited outside on the Vanderbilt campus, with the exception of
smoking locations. Additional smoking areas for campus
residents are indicated
on this map.
Residents must abide by the fire safety practices and regulations
The following information was extracted from
Chapter 4 of the the Student Handbook.
- Combustible materials may not be stored on the premises.
- Cardboard boxes may not be used for storage of items in storage
- The Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Fire Code prohibits
the use and storage of grills within ten (10) feet of any
combustible materials on any balcony or patio of a multifamily
dwelling. Use or storage of grills is prohibited on any balcony or
patio, or in any residential facility.
- Motorcycles, mopeds, and other internal combustion machines may
not be kept in University housing.
- Bicycles may not be stored in hallways, stairwells, or other
common areas because they may block emergency egress. Bicycles may
be stored in student rooms.
- Candles, other open flames, oil lamps, and incense, are prohibited
in the residence halls.
- Walkways, stairs, and corridors must be kept clear at all times
for emergency egress. Student property may not be stored in these
- Heat producing appliances (coffee makers, heating pads,
slow-cookers, etc.) must be attended when turned on.
- Flammable materials may not be used to cover or obstruct light
sources, heating/cooling sources, or fire-safety fixtures.,
- The University’s smoke-free campus policy limits smoking to
designated outdoor areas. Extinguishing or disposing of smoking
materials by any means other than the urns provided is prohibited.
- Access to windows and doors must be kept clear for emergency
- Fire doors may be used by residents or guests only for emergency
exit or exit during drills.
- Failure to evacuate a building when a fire alarm sounds is
- Additionally, the following actions are prohibited and will likely result
in disciplinary sanctions, including possible suspension from the
University or a prorated damage charge among the residents of a
particular area if the responsible person(s) cannot be identified:
- Tampering with door alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads,
water flow or other control valves and other fire-safety equipment,
- Tampering with smoke detectors, emergency phones, building access
systems, elevator systems, surveillance cameras or other safety and
- Tube lights and string lights, except that string lights may be
used under the following conditions: Such lights may be used only in
individual rooms and not in common areas. The lights must be UL
approved and in good condition. No more than three strands of such
lights may be strung together, and must be plugged directly into an
outlet or into a surge protector that is plugged directly into an
- Items suspended from the ceilings, sprinkler heads, overhead
piping, or on or near water pipes,
- Use or possession of fireworks,
- Disabling fire alarm systems,
- Arson/igniting fires,
- Tampering with or damaging fire-exit lights, signs, horns, strobes
or other notification devices,
- Tampering with or obstructing emergency-exit doors.
Fire Safety Rules for Electric Appliances
Small items such as radios, sound systems, electric blankets, clocks,
lamps, and coffee makers with enclosed heating elements are permitted in
rooms, but no appliances with exposed heating elements, or grills (for
either outdoor or indoor use, including "George Foreman" grills and like
devices), are allowed. Appliances that draw a large amount of current
from each circuit, such as hot plates, air conditioners, electric
heaters, and instant water-heating elements, are prohibited. In
addition, washers, dryers, and dishwashers are not allowed. Microwave
ovens less than six years old, having a maximum power of no more than
800 watts and an interior capacity of no more than one cubic foot are
permitted. Refrigerators less than six years old that have no more than
a four-cubic-foot capacity may be used. The residential staff of a
building may require that any appliance be placed in storage if the
manner in which the appliance is used causes interruption of service or
endangers the health, safety, or well-being of members of the
All appliances used in campus residences must be in good condition,
with special attention given to seals, electrical cords, and plugs. Only
power strips with circuit breakers may be used as extension cords. In
consideration of fire safety, halogen lamps or light sources are
prohibited in campus residences. The Senior Director of Housing,
Facilities Operation and Management reserves the option of revoking
authorization for the use of any appliance in individual buildings or
throughout the residential campus.
Fire Safety Rules for Furnishings
Student-owned furniture brought into campus residences and Greek
houses must meet the hospitality/contract-grade furniture fire-safety
specifications of either the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
standard 260, or the California Technical Bulletin 117, section E.
(Furniture that complies with either standard will be appropriately
tagged by the manufacturer.)