Safety in the Residence Halls

Personal Safety

College students must be aware that criminal acts can and do occur on a college campus. Students should be mindful of their personal safety. Students should never walk alone if they have concerns regarding their safety. Any student who does not feel comfortable walking alone should call Campus Safety at 804.752.4701. Below are a couple of helpful tips in regards to your personal safety and security.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look to see who's in front of and behind you. Do not allow strangers or non-residents into your residence hall. Never prop doors that lead to residential areas and rooms, and never share your ID card or key FOB with anyone.  These actions defeat the measures Randolph-Macon College has taken to keep our residential communities safe.
  • Lock your doors and windows. Students must lock their room doors and windows at all times in order to prevent thefts.
  • Evacuation. Evacuation signs are posted in every residence hall near the middle hallway and exits so every student is informed as to where they should meet in case of an emergency. This floor plan outlines the location in the halls in case of a hurricane or tornado. It also gives the meeting location for all of the residents in case of a fire.
  • Renter’s Insurance. Typically, colleges are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage to property resulting from fire, theft, casualty or any cause, or for personal injury occurring within the leased premises, except as may be required by Virginia law. Therefore, Randolph-Macon College strongly recommends that personal property insurance be obtained by each student for his or her belongings. Most major insurance companies offer renter's insurance.  Some companies offer the option of a rider on a homeowner’s policy to cover the belongings of students away at college. Contact your current insurance provider to examine your options.
  • Loss of Power. In the event that the College loses power, students will have access to their residence halls through cipher codes. Each residential facility has a door on the outside that has a cipher code. When we lose power, cipher codes will be distributed to students and they will have to punch in the code to access the building. Students can also go to Campus Safety to get their building’s cipher code if we have lost power.
  • Crisis Plan.
    • Have A Kit. The American Red Cross suggests that all students come to college with a safety kit that includes resources for up to three days. The kit should include: water, non-perishable food, flashlight, first aid kit, medications, radio with extra batteries, tools, large amounts of clothing, personal items (i.e. ID cards and insurance cards), sanitary supplies, money, and contact information.
    • Make A Plan. Students should plan ahead with their Resident Assistant in the case of an emergency as to where to meet. They should first talk this situation out and discuss all possible safe locations. They should then learn where and how to use all safety equipment provided in a residence or safety kit.

Community Safety

In an effort to keep our campus safe, the Student Engagement Center along with Campus Safety would like to remind our students about some of the programs we have.

Fire Drills

Randolph-Macon College practices safe fire precautions by testing residence hall fire alarms regularly and performs Campus wide fire drills once a semester. In the event of a fire, all of our residence halls have a meeting location where students should evacuate to in order to meet up with their hall.

FOB Access System

Access to all of our residence halls is gained by swiping your Randolph-Macon College FOB through readers adjacent to the entry doors. This allows all of our buildings to be secured 24 hours a day.

Emergency Telephones

In an effort to better serve the safety needs of our students, telephones are placed at the main entrance to all of our residence halls. Next to each telephone is a sign which outlines the necessary steps to contact the Campus Safety for assistance. These telephones have a one-touch dialing ability to reach Campus Safety. There are also 15+ emergency call boxes located throughout campus. These emergency phones are easily identifiable by their blue light and will contact Campus Safety directly.

Safety Checks

Each Resident Assistant performs a monthly safety check of all rooms in every residential building on the campus to ensure that all students are living a safe lifestyle. These checks include checking door locks, window locks, safe electrical outlets, monthly fire alarm tests and more.

Safety Stickers

On the back of each residential room door is a bright yellow sticker. This sticker gives the students the physical address of their building in case they need to call for assistance. The sticker also gives details about what to do in case of various emergencies.

As always, please feel free to call 911 in case of an emergency to access your local police department. For more information, please check out Campus Safety.