In event of any emergency in a residence hall—fire, illness, accident, etc.—notify Safety and Security at 217-464-8888.
Review the emergency fire evacuation information
provided by your Resident Assistant. Whenever a fire alarm sounds in
any residence hall, you are required to evacuate the building
immediately. Failure to evacuate is a violation of the Millikin
University Student Handbook and subjects you to a possible fine and/or
student conduct action. Every attempt should be made to close and lock
your door and turn off your lights. You are encouraged to carry a towel
to protect your face. State fire laws prohibit the use of elevators for
When the fire alarm sounds:
· close your windows
· open drapes
· leave lights on
· close your room door (unlocked)
· calmly proceed to the nearest exit and leave the building
· do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by a staff member
False alarms and genuine fire alarms are
indistinguishable. Therefore, students should follow the fire procedures
whenever the alarm sounds. Failure to evacuate appropriately may result
in injury and will result in student conduct action.
Tornado watch – When atmospheric conditions are such
that severe weather or a tornado could develop, a tornado watch is in
effect. Stay indoors, stay alert for warning sirens, and listen to
weather, radio, TV and/or internet site for updates on the weather
Tornado warning – When a funnel cloud has been sighted
in the area or when radar indicates that there is a possibility of a
tornado forming, a tornado warning is in effect. In the instance of a
tornado warning, sirens will be sounded for three to five minutes with a
When notified that a tornado has been sighted in this area:
- close room windows
- close drapes
- leave room and close door (unlocked)
- move to the basement. If there is no basement, sit in the corridor away
from windows on the lowest floor of the building. (Hall staff will
provide specific safe locations for each building)
- listen to a transistor radio for weather information.
- do not re-enter room until danger is past and the “all clear” is provided by a staff member.
- When the “all-clear” is announced, you may return to
other areas of the hall. (The sirens will not be used to announce the
“all-clear.” This information will be phoned in and broadcasted on the
radio.) The tornado sirens are tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday
of each month.
Hall Security Guidelines
As a student attending Millikin University, you are
extended the privilege of self-regulated hours to enter and leave your
residence hall. Residence hall security ultimately depends on the
responsible actions of each resident. Security begins with you. Your
room door should be locked at all times. Do not prop open stairwell or
outside doors. To allow ONLY residents of the building and their
invited guests in the halls, all entrances will be locked at all times.
Each resident will be issued. Your Millikin student I.D. serves as your
hall entry key. Your guests will also have self-regulated hours. You
will be responsible for your guests (i.e., informing them of hall and
University policies and regulations). Your guests will be admitted to
the residence hall only if accompanied by you or a resident of that
particular living unit. Failure to comply with these regulations could
result in charges being filed with the Office of Residence Life and
subsequent student conduct action.
All residence hall entrances will be
locked at all times. The loss keys will result in the cost associated
with re-coring the room and possibly the building. Cost ranges from as
low as $30.00 and could cost as much as $3000.00 to re-core the entire
building. Please be certain the doors remain secure after entering or
leaving. Propping doors open may result in a fine. Please be security
Reporting of Thefts
You should report all thefts, regardless of value, as
soon as possible to residence hall staff. You may go to SAFETY AND
SECURITY in person to complete the report or call SAFETY AND SECURITY at
Your Student ID Card
Your student identification card is a card with your
picture on it and identifies you as a currently enrolled student. You
will use your ID card for meals in the cafeteria and at other dining
outlets. You will also need your card to access the university library,
campus computer labs, the DISC, and a host of other services. You
should carry it with you at all times while you are on campus. Your card
also serves as the entrance key to your residence hall and/or floor.
- You must
immediately report the loss of your ID card to Safety and Security at
217-464-8888 to protect yourself and your community.
- The report
of a lost card means the account is deactivated and no longer valid. It
will remain invalid until the card is reported as found or until a
replacement card is acquired.
- There is a
$15 replacement charge for a lost ID, which is billed to the student’s
University account. The replacement process takes about five minutes.
- There is no charge for re-validating a lost card if it is found before a replacement ID card is made.
- The University is not responsible for flex dollars lost or used when a card has been lost.
Smoke Detectors/Sprinkler System
Each residence hall room is equipped with a smoke detector. These
detectors are furnished for student protection and assist in early
detection of smoke and possible fire. Due to the crucial safety purpose
these detectors serve, tampering with a room smoke detector and/or
removal of the supplied battery will result in a fine and possible
student conduct action. In addition, tampering with the sprinkler system
will result in student conduct action. The smoke detectors will be
checked periodically and at break periods by the housing staff.
Weapons, explosives, or other hazardous objects are
strictly prohibited to insure the safety of our students. Weapons
prohibited by this regulation shall include, but not be limited to, the
All handguns, rifles, and shotguns;
All longbows, crossbows, and arrows;
All knives having a blade length of three inches or more
All BB guns, pellet guns, air/CO2 guns, or blow guns;
All explosives, laboratory chemicals, dangerous compounds, gunpowder, firearm ammunition, and flammable petroleum fuels;
Any martial arts weapons, e.g., numb chucks and throwing stars; and
Any item used as a weapon in the commission of a crime;
All other Residence Hall Policies & Procedures
Please see the Residence Life Website or the “Everything you need to know about Living at Millikin” publication for these standards.