Public Safety and Transportation

 

Fire Violations Disciplinary Actions

When a student is found to be responsible for fire safety violations, the following are typical sanctions. Depending on the circumstances of the specific case, the person hearing body imposing the sanctions may impose additional or more severe sanctions.

  1. Violation: Causing a Fire
    1. Disciplinary Action: Careless or Reckless: $100 fine, restitution for property damage, and one year University disciplinary probation, and residence hall probation for a resident student.
    2. Disciplinary Action: Intentional (Arson): Referral to police/fire authorities for prosecution, restitution for property damage, and expulsion from the University
  2. Violation: Knowingly Filing a False Fire Alarm
    1. Disciplinary Action: Referral to police/fire authorities for prosecution, $250 fine, and one year suspension from the University
  3. Violation: Activating a Smoke, Heat or Beam Detector, Pull Station or Carbon Monoxide Alarm

    1. Disciplinary Action: Careless or Reckless: $100 fine
    2. Intentional: Referral to police/fire authorities for prosecution, $250 fine, and one year suspension from the University.
  4. Violation: Activating the Sprinkler System
    1. Disciplinary Action: Careless or Reckless: $100 and restitution for property damage.
    2. Disciplinary Action: Intentional: Referral to police/fire authorities for prosecution, $250 fine, restitution for property damage, and one year suspension from the University.
  5. Violation: Tampering with Fire Equipment
    1. Disciplinary Action: $250 fine, restitution for property damage, and one year University disciplinary probation (and residential hall probation for a resident student).
  6. Violation: Failure to Evacuate During a Fire Alarm
    1. Disciplinary Action: First Offense: $100 fine.
    2. Disciplinary Action: Second Offense: $200 fine, seven day suspension from the residence halls and residential hall probation (if resident student).
    3. Disciplinary Action: Third Offense: Permanent removal from housing (if a resident student) and possible suspension from the University.

Notes

In New York State, knowingly filing a false fire alarm is a felony punishable by a minimum of one year in prison.

As per University practice, students arrested on the complaint of the University shall be placed under Emergency Suspension pending the outcome of the case. Repeated fire safety violations will result in harsher sanctions, which may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

The University may terminate a student’s Residence Hall Agreement at any time for violation of the University’s policies concerning student conduct and discipline, regulations governing the residence halls, non-payment, or for health, safety, or social reasons.

 
 
 
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