The physical spaces in halls and apartments have safety measures built in – like locks and fire alarms. That type of information can be found below. If you’re looking for personal or campus safety resources, a comprehensive list can be found here.

Door Locking

All student rooms and apartments have individual locks on the doors that use keys. Keys are issued to residents during check in.

Main entrances to residence halls are on electronic card access. Residents of the building swipe their ISUCard to gain entry. Main entrances are locked 24/7. Do not allow people that don’t live in your community to follow you in to the building.

Fire SAfety

Comprehensive fire and life safety systems are in place. This includes heat and smoke detection, alarms and sprinklers. Systems are routinely inspected by the State Fire Marshal to ensure compliance. Fire extinguishers are also available in designated locations.

Fire alarms include sound and flashing lights. When alarms go off, you are expected to leave the building. Local officials will respond.

Staff hold fire drills in each area to ensure you know the evacuation routes and procedures in case of a fire emergency. If there is a fire alarm, you should:

  • Exit your room, close and lock the door.
  • Use the stairs (not elevators) to exit your building.
  • If there is smoke in the air, stay low. Smoke and heat rise.
  • When you get outside, gather a safe distance away from the building.
  • Do not block emergency responders from entering the building.
  • Do not go back in the building until officials have determined the building is safe.

Severe Weather

Iowa is home to all four seasons and the weather that comes along with those seasons. ISU’s Environmental Health and Safety office has resources for all types of severe weather that can be found here.