Safety

Students’ health and safety are a top priority at the University of Tulsa. To ensure the health and safety of all TU students, you are expected to adhere to the following safety guidelines.

CaneCares

Students at TU take care of themselves and take care of one another.  CaneCares is a simple online tool for you to communicate any concerns or observations you may want to share about a friend, a neighbor, or your community.  CaneCares reports are read by TU staff members trained to assist in many ways. CaneCares provides a convenient way for you to step in and make sure a fellow student gets the help that they may need.

Please note that CaneCares reports are not intended for emergency situations.  If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance in real-time, call 911 or contact Campus Security at (918) 631-5555.

Campus Security

The Office of Campus Security, located on the east side of the Mabee Gym, is open 24 hours a day. In an emergency affecting the safety of the residents or property of the university, campus security should be notified. Dial the security dispatcher (918-631-5555). If you are threatened at any time with physical harm, call campus security immediately. Campus security patrols the campus and responds to calls 24 hours daily.

Safety Escorts

Got a late-night class? Don’t want to walk across campus alone in the dark? Call Security at 918-631-5555 for an escort.

  • Assistance Animals

    The University of Tulsa pet policy is outlined separately from students requesting a reasonable accommodation to have a assistance animal in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or an assistance animal in compliance with the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504).  Students seeking a reasonable accommodation for assistance animal in campus housing must request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Center for Student Academic Support and completing the appropriate paperwork as outline by Center for Student Academic Support.

    Click this link for the complete Service and Assistance Animal Guidelines.

  • Emergency Campus Phones

    Need help while outside on campus? Locate one of the many 24-hour emergency phones across campus. Look for a blue light.

  • Fire Procedures

    Preventing Fires Following housing policy is the most important (and perhaps easiest) thing you can do to keep yourself and others safe, when it comes to smoking, candles and incense, and the maintenance of fire safety equipment. Stay familiar with fire safety equipment and steps to follow in the event of a fire in your apartment or residence hall room.

    Fire and Emergency Equipment

    Fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located on each floor of the residence halls and the sorority houses. If abused or removed, this equipment will not be available in the event of fire, thereby endangering many lives. If anyone is found tampering with or improperly using alarms, extinguishers, hoses, sprinkler heads, or fire equipment of any form, student conduct and/or legal action will be taken. In addition, improper use of fire doors will lead to student conduct action.

    False Alarm

    Pulling a false fire alarm or tampering with fire or alarm equipment (including smoke detectors in rooms) will automatically result in a minimum $250.00 fine plus damages and other appropriate student conduct sanctions. Repeated offenses with fire-related equipment could result in additional fines and removal from housing. In addition to university sanctions, offenders may face $500.00 in civil fines and up to six months in jail. For further information, refer to RHA Bill 921, passed by RHA in spring 1992 and approved by Housing & Dining Services. Apartment residents are encouraged to take safety precautions such as testing smoke detectors and keeping a small fire extinguisher near kitchen areas. Tampering with any fire equipment is strictly prohibited.

    Fire Safety Equipment

    The following provides important information about University Housing’s fire safety equipment and safety practices and specific steps that student residents should follow to help maintain a safe living environment. Fire extinguishers are located throughout the residence halls and sorority housing. Proper use of fire extinguishers within extinguisher limits and by trained individuals is optional but should not be attempted until building alarm is activated and people are evacuated.

    Steps for use of a fire extinguisher

    Memorize the acronym for using an extinguisher: “PASS.” It stands for “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.”

    • Make sure the fire extinguisher is upright.
    • Remove the plastic tie from handle.
    • Pull the pin from the handle.
    • Aim the nozzle low, while keeping the extinguisher upright.
    • Squeeze the handle. The substance will be released.
    • Move in toward the fire, keeping the extinguisher focused on the base of the fire, when you can see that it’s being put out.
    • Sweep the extinguisher from side to side until the fire is out.

    Smoke Detectors

    Each room/apartment, is equipped with a smoke detector(s). This device is in the housing area to warn residents of smoke or fire. Smoke detectors are very sensitive so avoid spraying hair products or use hair appliances while directly underneath a smoke detector. Never cover or obstruct smoke detectors. Housing/Facilities Management staff will inspect the smoke detector(s) periodically. Apartment residents are urged to test their smoke detectors on a regular basis to ensure they are in working order. Please follow these instructions to test you smoke detector.

    • Locate the test button. (Generally, the button is on the faceplate of the detector. However, it may be on the base or flange of the detector in some models.)
    • Press the button firmly.
    • Listen for the audible alarm emitted when the button is pressed.
    • Release test button—the alarm sound should stop immediately. If a detector does not function in this manner, report it immediately to the Facilities Management (918-631-2287). Do not attempt to repair the detector yourself. Sprinkler System All residence halls and apartments are equipped with “wet” fire sprinkler systems. Should the system be activated, an audible alarm will also be heard. Residents must not hang any items from the sprinkler heads or tamper with any fire equipment. Do not obstruct or cover sprinklers or block the sprinkler so water cannot spread out and extinguish fires. Please remember to not handle, touch or damage the sprinkler heads or pipes. All related charges from damage will be billed to those responsible.

    Fire Procedures

    When a fire occurs in a residence hall, sorority house, or apartment unit, it is especially life threatening because of the number of people endangered. For these reasons, it is essential that advance preparation be made so that the occupants and emergency personnel will have specific guidelines to follow. These guidelines provide basic direction to those involved and help to lessen the number of decisions that must be made under stressful circumstances. When a fire alarm or smoke detector is sounded, always take the alarm seriously and assume there is a fire and evacuate immediately following these procedures. Failure to vacate the building will result in student conduct action as well as a fine of up to $75.00.

    • Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route following these instructions. Do not use elevators and remain calm.
    • Test your door using the back of your hand before opening. If it is warm, do not open! Stay in your room/apartment and wait for emergency personnel to reach you.
    • Hang a sheet from your window to identify your location, if your window is able to open. If your door is not warm, evacuate and if the situation allows, put shoes on.
    • If you notice smoke, use an alternative escape route.
    • Check paths for safety before proceeding and close doors behind you.
    • Crawl low if you have to go through smoke.
    • Do not use elevators. A fire can disrupt the operation of elevators and trap occupants inside.
    • Go to a safe area or to a pre-assigned exterior area for your building.
    • If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
    • If you are trapped during a fire emergency, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff cracks around the doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call for help. If you have a phone, call the fire department or 9-1-1 and tell them exactly where you are.
    • Stop, drop and roll if your clothing catches fire.
    • Do not re-enter the building for any reason until the all clear by Fire Department Personnel.

    Follow directions of fire and police personnel and the housing staff.

    If You Discover A Fire

    • Leave the fire area and close the door to the area.
    • Sound the fire alarm in the residence halls or sorority housing.
    • Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route. Proper use of fire extinguishers within extinguisher limits and by trained individuals is optional but should not be attempted until building alarm is activated and people are evacuated.
    • Follow the evacuation procedures.
    • From a safe area, call 9-1-1.
    • Await emergency response personnel at safe location and direct them to the scene.
    • If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
    • Follow directions of fire and police personnel and the housing staff.
    • Do not re-enter the building for any reason until the all clear by Fire Department Personnel.
  • Lockouts

    Residence Halls

    Always carry your key and your ID. If you are locked out, contact a Residence Life staff member to let you in. A lockout service (key or ID) is provided for residence hall residents for a minimal charge of $1. When a Residence Life staff member is not available in your hall, you must await the return of staff or roommates. Positive identification will be required (student ID or driver’s license) before or immediately after entering your room. (Under no circumstances will a student be admitted to a room other than his or her own).

    

Sororities

    Residents of Sorority housing should contact the Norman Village Clubhouse for assistance with a lockout.

    Apartments

    During normal business hours (M-F, 8:00 am-5:00 pm), residents must go to the Norman Clubhouse. After normal business hours and on weekends, apartment residents that have locked themselves out of their apartment should contact Security at 918-631-5555. There is $5.00 charge for each lockout (this fee will be billed to your account).

  • Maintenance Emergencies

    Occasionally, a resident will have an emergency maintenance problem. An emergency is defined as a situation where a maintenance repair or some attention is essential to maintain the health and safety of the resident as well as to protect the building and its property. Examples of Emergency Situations:

    • No water (hot or cold)
    • Frozen/burst pipes flooding unit
    • Gas smell
    • No heat (only when temperature is below 40 degrees)
    • No air conditioning (only when temperature is above 90 degrees)
    • Power loss to entire room or apartment
    • Locks not working properly
    • Broken window by which someone could gain entrance

    Emergency Maintenance Procedures

    If an emergency maintenance situation arises after office hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., the resident should contact the University dispatcher for assistance (918-631-5555).

    After Hours Maintenance Non-Emergencies

    Below are examples of situations that are not actual emergencies but can be considered a major discomfort to the resident. On weekday evenings, these should be reported the following morning. If the situation occurs over the weekend, it should be reported Monday morning. If residents desire to accept financial responsibility for overtime contract work, reasonable effort will be made to engage an approved source.

    Non-Emergency Situations

    • No hot water
    • Toilet stopped up (shut off water at toilets)
    • Refrigerator not working
    • Partial power loss
    • Stove/oven not working
    • Laundry Room issue
  • Medical Emergencies/Injuries

    The Alexander Student Health Center (X2241) provides care and treatment of minor illness and emergencies for all full-time students who have a health record on file at the center. Students may be referred to a local physician for more serious health problems requiring treatment that exceeds the center’s capabilities. The center also strives to provide health education and preventative medicine. In case of major emergencies, students are referred to Hillcrest Medical Center, 1120 South Utica, 579-1000. When the Alexander Student Health Center is closed (during the summer and vacation periods) and immediate attention is required, emergency cases should be taken directly to Hillcrest’s Emergency Room. Hospital and ambulance services are at the student’s expense. For EMSA ambulance service, phone 918.596.3010 or dial 911. Please contact a Residence Life Staff member any time emergency health care is needed. The Office of Housing & Dining Services will not make the decision on whether to transport a student or not to a hospital, this decision is made by the student and EMSA.

     

    The University of Tulsa has opted out of the EMSAcare Ambulance Program, and this is noted in the Housing License terms and conditions. As a resident, you may consider that typical ambulance ride can cost around $1300 or more, and may want to elect to participate in the program. The open election/enrollment period is (August 1st – August 31st each year). For more information about the program and to enroll during the open election period, visit www.emsaonline.com.

    Or you can contact:
    Utilities Services – 918-596-9511
    Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    www.cityoftulsa.org

  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

    Students have the right to live in an environment free from any form of intimidation including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, or sexual harassment. Sexual harassment or assault in any form, including rape, acquaintance rape, threats of violence, or conduct that threatens the health and safety of any person is prohibited. The University will assist the student who presents a complaint as necessary and make available its conduct process system to hear a complaint against an alleged perpetrator. Furthermore, these acts may constitute violations of other University policies and regulations that may require additional proceedings. Complaints against non-student alleged perpetrators who are employed by the University may also be filed under the appropriate faculty / staff conduct policy. The University’s complete policy on Sexual Harassment/ Assault can be found here. A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under Oklahoma criminal statutes and disciplined under administrative proceedings initiated by the University. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the University can pursue student/employee conduct action. If you should become a victim, confidential counseling is available through the Counseling and Psychological Services in Alexander Health Center at 918- 631-2200. Your RA also can provide assistance and information about sexual assault and harassment. In instances of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator is an additional resource. In cases of acquaintance rape, where the victim and the accused live in the same residence hall/apartment, arrangements can be requested to relocate one or both parties.

    Have you experienced violence? Do you know someone who has?

    Resources are available to help

    *These resources are confidential and have no reporting requirements

    ON CAMPUS

    DVIS Victim Services Advocate* – 918-805-4867
    TU Counseling Center* – 918-631-2200
    Office of Violence Prevention – 918-631-2324
    Campus Security – 918-631-5555
    Alexander Health Center – 918-631-2241

    OFF CAMPUS

    DVIS/24-Hour* – 918-7-HELP-ME
    Family Safety Center* – 918-743-5763
    Tulsa Police – 918-596-9222

  • Threats/Suspicious Behavior

    If you receive information regarding a bomb threat, get as much information from the caller as you can. Listen for background noises and voice patterns that might provide clues about the caller’s location. Then, take the following steps:

    • Call campus security, ext. 5555.
    • Contact a Residence Life Staff member.
    • Give your name and the exact information you received. Do not investigate but be alert for unfamiliar objects along exit routes.
    • Do not touch anything!
    • Begin evacuation of the building only if it is ordered by housing personnel or campus security or as common sense dictates.
  • Tornado Safety

    So, you’re watching TV and county names start scrolling across the bottom of the screen and are labeled watch or warning, and you are wondering just what this means. It is important to know we are located in Tulsa County. It’s highlighted in red on the map below. It is important to know the difference between a watch and a warning so you know whether or not to take cover.

    Tornado Watch

    This means there is a chance of tornado forming.

    Tornado Warning

    This means a tornado has been seen or detected by radar.

    Watches Vs. Warnings

    Oklahoma is a beautiful state, but unfortunately, we are also home to a fair share of tornado. It is important to be prepared in case one of these storms heads towards Tulsa. When these storms come a tornado siren usually precedes them. To hear what the siren sounds like, go outside any Wednesday at noon, that is when they are tested. You can also hear the sirens at many of the Golden Hurricane football games.

    Tornado Safety Procedures

    If a tornado warning is issued, it is important for you to move from your room to a place of greater safety, away from the top floors of the halls and apartments and away from windows or glass. Most injuries and deaths from tornados are due to flying debris. Generally, interior hallways, bathrooms, and basements are best. Take a blanket to shield yourself from potential flying or falling debris and remain calm until staff gives the “all clear”. Those wishing to risk their lives by viewing the tornado are asked to leave University property.

    If A Tornado Siren Sounds:

    • Remain calm.
    • You MUST proceed to the designated Tornado Safety Area in your building:
    • Remain in shelter until University staff has given the “ALL CLEAR” signal. Housing staff members will let you know when it is safe to leave the shelter.
    • Do not go outside.

    This map will help you

    determine when watching the news or looking at radar for weather emergencies where University of Tulsa is located. We are located approximately in the middle of Tulsa County, which is highlighted red in the map below.

    Residence Halls

    Fisher South: first floor interior halls with room doors closed

    Fisher West Suites: lower level interior halls with room door closed

    Fraternity Houses: lower level interior rooms

    Hardesty Hall: basement

    John Mabee Hall: basement, Club Mabee game room, basement hall away from glass windows

    Lafortune House: lower level hallway

    Lottie Jane Mabee Hall: basement kitchen, meeting room, basement interior hall away from windows

    Sorority Houses: bedroom side- first floor interior halls and suites, with room doors shut

    Apartments

    University Square South Apartments: lower floor walk-in closet, bathrooms, laundry room; John Mabee Residence Hall; and Lottie Jane Mabee Residence Hall

    Norman Village Apartments: lower floor walk-in closets, bathrooms, laundry room; Collins Fitness Center locker rooms, John Mabee Residence Hall; and Lottie Jane Mabee Residence Hall

    Lorton Village: lower floor walk-in closets, bathrooms, laundry room; Reynolds Center; Fisher South Hall .

    Mayo Village: lower floor walk-in closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms; Fisher South; and Lottie Jane Mabee Residence Hall

    Brown Village: lower floor: walk-in closets, bathrooms, laundry room; and basement of Keplinger Hall

    West Park Apartments/Office Space: 1st floor interior hallway just outside of the Commercial Office Space.