Facilities Services will conduct fire drills periodically during the year. However, treat every alarm as if it were an actual fire. Follow all fire procedures during the drills. It is VCSU's policy that participation in fire drills is mandatory and you may be subject to disciplinary procedures for non-compliance.
VCSU Housing must conduct semester fire drills in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
Fire Drills in Academic Buildings
One fire drill should be conducted each semester with the assistance of the Valley City Fire Department. The fire drill is designed to give employees and students an opportunity to evacuate the Campus Academic Buildings in a non-emergency situation. All individuals must leave the building when the alarm sounds for the drill. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. In the event of a fire drill:
- Faculty is required to clear out classrooms. Personal belongings within reach may be taken during the evacuation. Faculty should close windows and doors behind them and ensuring that the door is locked (this will help ensure the security of computers and other personal belongings left behind).
- Staff Supervisors are required to clear out their office area and close all doors and windows (with the exception of large overhead doors). Some offices may develop their own fire alarm procedures to ensure the security of sensitive documents or money.
- Before the "all clear" is given, Facilities Services employees will unlock classrooms. Staff will be responsible for unlocking their office areas.
DO NOT REENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OR CAMPUS OFFICIALS.