safetyHEALTH, SAFETY & SECURITY

The Department of Residence Life is committed to providing students with a safe and secure environment where they can grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically with others in on campus.

There are numerous policies and procedures in place to ensure safety and security in the residence halls and apartments, but it is important that every student be aware of their surroundings and make good decisions about their own personal safety and that of the community.

Residence Life offers several services or resource referrals to our campus community to assist in the protection of our faculty, staff, students, visitors, community, and physical properties. Your safety is our priority.

The Department of Residence Life offers increased residence hall and apartment (at White Creek Apartments) security through the use of the “Aggie Access Card” system. Residence hall and White Creek exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day with limited exceptions as determined by the Department of Residence Life. Each door is equipped with a card reader and by sliding the magnetic stripe on the back of your student ID card through the reader, you will gain access to your hall/apartment building. Only the residents of your hall/apartment building are coded for access to your building; therefore, it is important not to admit nonresidents without an escort. Some other features of this system and related security policies are:

  • Doors propped or remaining open longer than 45 seconds will trigger a local alarm at the door which will also notify the University Police that this door is open.
  • Infrared motion detectors are located on the inside of each door. As you approach to exit the hall, the door will automatically unlock for you. Be careful not to stand within 3 feet of the door while waiting for guests or the door will remain unlocked.
  • In case the motion detectors should ever fail, touch silver hand-plates located next to the doors to open the doors and exit the hall.
  • ID card cancellation for lost cards is available 24-hours a day by calling the Aggie Card Hotline at 979.862.4884 or by visiting the ID Card Office located in the General Services Complex. A loaner card (for hall access only) may be obtained from a staff member in your hall. You can also visit your area office for card issues.
If you have an accident, injury, or illness that requires emergency medical care, call 911. If your situation does not require emergency medical care, please contact your hall or apartment staff. Lean more.
Code Maroon is an emergency notification service which gives Texas A&M University the ability to communicate health and safety information quickly by e-mail, text message, radio, television and website. By enrolling in the text messaging service of Code Maroon, university officials can quickly pass on safety-related information, regardless of your location. You may also do a Fast Follow on Twitter to receive Code Maroon alerts.  To find out more information and to enroll in the text message service, visit codemaroon.tamu.edu.
Students living in the residence halls who are diagnosed with a communicable disease (chicken pox, measles, mumps, mononucleosis, Ebola, SARS, etc.) that proves to be a health threat to other residents may be relocated to an alternate room on campus until  the student is determined to no longer be contagious. The residence hall staff will maintain the privacy of any student who has knowledge of testing positive for any communicable diseases. To make arrangements to temporarily relocate due to having a communicable disease, contact your hall staff.

Students living in the White Creek or Gardens Apartments who are diagnosed with a communicable disease are encouraged to remain in their apartment, with minimal contact with roommates, until no longer contagious. Apartment residents diagnosed with a communicable disease will not be relocated due to the private bedroom configuration of the apartments.

Community-Oriented Police Services (C.O.P.S.) is a partnership between the Texas A&M Police Department and the Department of Residence Life, focused on working together to provide a safe and secure community. Check out their page for special events around campus.
During the housing application and contract renewal processes, students living on campus are required to provide at least one emergency contact to the Department of Residence Life. This information will be kept confidential and will only be used by Department of Residence Life staff, other Texas A&M staff members with emergency response job responsibilities, or in the case of emergencies involving students such as death, life threatening injuries or a missing person report. Students may update their emergency contact information at any time by logging into the myHousing Portal. Students are also encouraged to register their emergency contact information at howdy.tamu.edu.

On-campus students have the option of identifying at least one of their emergency contacts as a person to be notified in the event the student has been reported as missing. If a student is less than 18 years old, the parent or guardian of the student will be notified regardless of who the student has indicated as an emergency contact. On-campus students should contact their Resident Advisor, Community Director/Graduate Hall Director/Resident Manager, Area Office or the University Police Department if they suspect another student is missing. Upon receiving a report of a missing student, Department of Residence Life staff members will contact the University Police Department with all information provided regarding the missing student so that an investigation can be initiated. To quickly locate a residence hall staff member, call the 24-Hour desk at 979.845.2821. The Gardens Apartments RA on duty may be contacted by calling 979.220.1637 and the White Creek Apartments RA on duty may be contacted by calling 979.458.8500. UPD can be contacted at 911 or 979.845.2345.

General Information

Texas A&M University is a partner with Brazos County and with the Cities of Bryan and College Station in the Brazos County Interjurisdictional Emergency Management Plan. We are also involved with the regional emergency response plan for the Brazos Valley Region consisting of the seven counties: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington. Links to these plans are provided on the Texas A&M website tamu.edu/emergency.

Area Evacuation for Emergencies

An Area Evacuation is an organized withdrawal from a building or area to reach a safe shelter. Upon notification to evacuate, quickly:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Take only essentials with you (e.g., eyeglasses, medications, identification and cash/ checkbook/credit cards) if time permits.
  • Turn off unnecessary equipment, computers and appliances if time permits.
  • Close and lock the door as you exit your room.
  • Follow the directions provided for safe routes of evacuation.
  • Listen to the radio, if available, to monitor emergency status.
  • Do not use your personal vehicle for evacuation unless specifically instructed to do so. If cars are used to evacuate, protect against hazardous materials by keeping windows closed and outside air turned off.
  • If you need special assistance, contact your Resident Advisor, Community Director/Resident Manager/Graduate Hall Director, or other appropriate emergency contact. If these persons are not available, call University Police Dispatch at 979.845.2345 for assistance.

Sheltering in Place for Emergencies

When emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation, the safest method to protect individuals may be to take shelter inside a campus building or room and await further instructions. If asked to shelter in place, quickly:

  • Move indoors or remain there. Avoid windows and areas with glass.
  • If available, take a radio or television to the room to track emergency status.
  • Keep telephone lines free for emergency responders. Do not call 911 for information.
  • If hazardous materials are involved:
  • Turn off ventilation systems (if accessible) and close or seal all air inlets and cracks from the outside.
  • Select room(s) which are easy to seal and, if possible, have a water supply and access to restrooms.
  • If you smell gas or vapor, hold a wet cloth loosely over your nose and mouth, and breathe through it normally.
Each building is equipped with a fire alarm system. If a fire alarm sounds, you should:

  • Quickly put on appropriate clothing and shoes.
  • Grab a towel to put over your face to prevent smoke inhalation.
  • Close your windows, if they are open.
  • Check your door or doorknob with the back of your hand.
  • If it is hot, do not open it. Block cracks around the door with wet towels. Call 911, giving your name, room number, and situation. DO NOT leave your room until told to do so.
  • If it is cool, exit cautiously and lock your door. Be sure to take your keys and your University ID Card.
  • Walk quickly, in an orderly manner, through the exit for your area and continue at least 100 feet from the residence hall.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until you are told to do so by a residence hall staff member.

If you discover a fire, activate a pull station. Pull stations are located near each exit. When you get to a safe area outside, call 911. Answering their questions clearly will ensure a quick response from emergency personnel. Whether you believe the alarm to be a drill or actual fire, everyone, including residence hall personnel, must leave the hall whenever the alarm sounds.

Initiating a false alarm is a Class A Misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, one year in jail or both. Tampering with a fire alarm device is a Class C Misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine up to $500, 180 days in jail or both. In addition to violating state law, initiating false alarms and tampering with fire alarm equipment could jeopardize the safety of all residents in the hall.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) conducts fire and life safety inspections of all campus residence halls and apartments during the Fall Semester. The intent of these inspections is to increase the level of safety and safety awareness for all occupants of the residence halls and apartments. These inspections will include residence hall rooms, university apartments, and staff offices as well as mechanical and common areas.

Inspections will begin around early September and will continue until all residence halls and apartments have been inspected. All inspections will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will be conducted in the presence of a residence hall or University Apartments staff member. Advance notification of all inspections will be provided to residents. Safety practices in general, and the fire and life safety rules found in the rules section will be the primary focus of the inspection. Please note, residence hall and apartment inspections typically check for the following items and more during room inspections:

  • Electrical: use of extension cords, cover plate missing/damaged, electrical wiring frayed/damaged/crimped, multi adapter without breaker in use, prohibited/ unapproved appliances, microwave/refrigerator not plugged directly into wall (with the exception of balcony style halls)
  • Fire Alarm Equipment: smoke detector obstructed (min. 24” clearance), smoke detector damaged, sprinklers blocked by furniture
  • Lofts: being less than 30” from the ceiling and/or being placed in an unsafe/ unapproved location
  • Ignition Sources/Combustible Products: candles/incense being present in the room, flammable liquids in the room, combustible materials near electrical source, and excessive fire load in the room
  • Emergency Planning: absence of the evacuation plan on the back of the room door, window/door obstructed
  • Miscellaneous: poor housekeeping, floor/wall/ceiling penetrations, and the door closure missing/damaged
  • Room windows will be checked to ensure they are a viable point of exit and/or way of notifying emergency responders of your presence in the room. Do not completely block your window with furniture.
If you are ill or injured and in need of immediate help, contact Emergency Medical Service (EMS) at 911. EMS will respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a service for all enrolled students. The following people may also be of assistance: an RA or GHD/CD/RM, the Area Office, the Health Center (979.845.1511) or the University Police Department (979.845.2345).

For all your non-emergency health care needs and questions, Student Health Services (SHS) is located in the A.P. Beutel Health Center and can be reached by calling 979.458.8316, or by referring to the SHS website at shs.tamu.edu.

SHS is an accredited ambulatory health care provider serving the Texas A&M University student body by providing primary health care services and promoting health through prevention and education. It does not provide major hospitalization or treatment outside of the clinic. All current students at Texas A&M University who have paid the Student Health Services Fee may receive services at the health center. Services available at the Student Health Center include:

Medical Clinic Dial-A-Nurse Physical Therapy
Immediate Care MS/Ambulance Service Radiology
Preventive Medicine Health Education Women’s Clinic
Specialty Clinics Laboratory Pharmacy
     

For charges at the Student Health Services or for treatment by other health care providers, health insurance is recommended.

For charges not covered by the Student Health Services fee or for treatment by other health care providers, health insurance is recommended. Some sources of health insurance are group insurance coverage through employment, parent’s or guardian’s health insurance, a student’s individual policy or the Student Health Insurance Policy.

The University endorses a Student Health Insurance Policy. Policy information is available at shs.tamu.edu/insurance. Any enrolled A&M System student taking at least six (6) credit hours of classes is eligible to enroll in this insurance plan. Students who are enrolled in special classes and take less than six (6) credit/contact hours of class work will be determined eligible for these insurance programs if the reduced coursework meets the criteria for the completion of a degree plan or international program as defined and approved by The Texas A&M University System. Eligible students who enroll may also insure their dependents. You may want to compare your current coverage with this policy when considering health insurance. This policy may be useful when:

  • A student reaches the age of attainment on a parent’s policy, meaning they are no longer covered; or
  • A student gets married; or
  • A student becomes legally independent; or
  • A student is studying abroad.

Information on the Student Health Insurance can be found at academichealthplans.com/tamu.

Although steps are taken to maintain all university facilities and grounds and to provide adequate security, Texas A&M University is not liable for the loss of or damage to personal property caused by acts of nature, fire, water, smoke, utility, or equipment malfunctions, or caused by the conduct of any resident or his/her guest(s). Therefore, residents are strongly encouraged to carry a personal property or renter’s insurance policy for their belongings while living on campus.

In some cases, a parent or guardian’s homeowners insurance will cover loss or damage to personal belongings on campus. However, you should review policies carefully for any coverage limitations and/or applicable deductibles. If you decide to purchase property or renters insurance you will need to choose from a wide variety of companies and polices. To help with your choice, the University has selected Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as its preferred property/renters insurance company. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. offers a variety of coverage options at reasonable prices. Information about available policies can be found at collegestudentinsurance.com.

On-Campus Housing Facility Physical Addresses 
Residence Halls - all residence hall addresses end with College Station, TX 77840
Appelt Hall660 Mosher LaneKrueger Hall722 Lubbock Street
Aston Hall655 Mosher LaneLechner Hall232 Houston Street
Clements Hall211 Jones StreetLegett Hall422 Ross Street
Davis-Gary Hall210 University DriveMcFadden Hall301 Jones Street
Dunn Hall636 Lubbock StreetMoses Hall212 University Drive
Eppright Hall695 Spence StreetMosher Hall725 Mosher Lane
Fowler Hall225 Jones StreetNeeley Hall140 Asbury Street
Haas Hall212 Houston StreetRudder Hall770 Mosher Lane
Hart Hall460 Throckmorton StreetSchuhmacher Hall308 University Drive
Hobby Hall160 Asbury StreetUnderwood Hall644 Mosher Lane
Hughes Hall265 Jones StreetWalton Hall166 Houston Street
Hullabaloo Hall306 University DriveWells Hall700 Mosher Lane
Keathley Hall214 University Drive
Corps Halls - all Corps hall addresses end with College Station, TX 77840
Dorm 1 - Spence Hall605 Military MallDorm 7 - Leonard Hall695 Military Mall
Dorm 2 - Kiest Hall606 Military MallDorm 8 - Harrell Hall696 Military Mall
Dorm 3 - Briggs Hall635 Military MallDorm 9 - Whitely Hall735 Military Mall
Dorm 4 - Fountain Hall636 Military MallDorm 10 - White Hall736 Military Mall
Dorm 5 - Gainer Hall665 Military MallDorm 11 - Harrington Hall767 Military Mall
Dorm 6 - Lacy Hall664 Military MallDorm 12 - Utay Hall766 Military Mall
University Apartments - address exactly as entered below
Gardens Apartments - Buildings F-LStudent Name
302 Ball Street
Building Letter & Apt #
College Station, TX 77840
Gardens Apartments - Buildings M-QStudent Name
1100 Hensel Drive
Building Letter & Apt #
College Station, TX 77840
White Creek ApartmentsStudent Name
225 Discovery Drive
Building Letter & Apt #
College Station, TX 77845

For more information, contact the Risk Management office within the Department of Residence Life.

Things to keep in mind when you post on Facebook, Twitter or other virtual communities:

  • Even if your profile is private, there are ways around it so be mindful of what you post. Inappropriate postings or behavior may be a violation of the Student Rules. For specific information, visit student-rules.tamu.edu.
  • Employers may search Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc for more information about you. Google yourself so you are aware of how you could be portrayed.
  • Remember the Aggie Honor Code. Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.
In addition to the staff living in the buildings, the University Police Department has employed over 100 certified Police Officers and Security Officers to work on campus. Security Officers are paid by Residence Life to patrol the areas outside the residence halls and University Apartments every day watching for suspicious activities, propped doors and open/broken windows.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101-Life Safety Code, each resident’s room that opens into an interior corridor shall be self-closing. Self-closing devices have been installed on all residents’ room doors to reduce the chance of a fire extending into the rest of the building. Do not tamper with or remove these devices. Damage to these devices will be treated as a serious discipline matter and replacement costs will be billed back to the responsible resident(s). Exits should not be blocked or obstructed, and residence hall room doors must be able to open 90 degrees.

Lightning Prediction System

TAMU has a lightning prediction system which is designed to alert outdoor activity participants who are in the vicinity of the prediction system when lightning is within 5 miles and likely to strike. In the event of dangerous conditions, the system will give one long horn blast (approximately fifteen (15) seconds) accompanied by a flashing light. Once the dangerous conditions have passed, three (3) short horn blasts (approximately five (5) seconds each) will sound that all is clear and the flashing lights turn off. In the event of a system warning, please consider the following:

  • Seek Shelter in: buildings or automobiles
  • Avoid: open areas, places near water, trees, metal fences, overhead wires or power lines; or elevated ground or open vehicles. Also avoid use of radios or cellular phones.

Watches and Warnings

The National Weather Service and local radio and television stations will announce watches and warnings about severe weather. Two good sources for local weather news are KBTX-TV (CBS), and KAMU-Radio (90.9 FM), as they both broadcast National Weather Service watches and warnings. Code Maroon will also alert you of any severe weather.

If a tornado watch or severe storm watch is issued, you should:

  1. Review emergency plans.
  2. Be alert for changing weather conditions.
  3. Be prepared to act.

If a tornado warning or severe storm warning is issued, you should immediately take the following precautions:

  • Move into the smallest interior space without exterior windows or doors, such as inner hallways, interior stairwells, bathrooms, or closets.
  • Avoid the top floors of the building, any area that may be glass-enclosed and/or has a large unsupported roof.
  • Do not go outside.
  • If you are unable to move to a small interior place of shelter, get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
  • Monitor local radio or television stations for announcements of any additional actions to take and/or for cancellation of the warning.
  • Occupants of the building should remain in the place of shelter until the warning has been officially lifted.

Residence Halls

At least one Resident Advisor (RA) per hall and at least two Graduate or full-time Community Directors are “on duty” every night of the week, with the exception of some holiday periods. Contact the RA on duty between the hours of 5 pm and 7 am by calling the 24-hour Help Desk at 979.845.2821. If any problem arises, please contact the staff member on duty in your hall. During weekday hours, contact any staff member you can find, or call the Area Offices (North Area Office – 979.845.4768, South Area Office – 979.845.2235), which are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

University Apartments

There will be one Apartment Resident Advisor (ARA) on duty every night of the week between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. The Gardens Apartments RA on duty may be contacted by calling 979.220.1637 and the White Creek Apartments ARA on duty may be contacted by calling 979.458.8500.

Texas A&M is committed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity and human dignity. To fulfill its multiple missions as an institution of higher learning, Texas A&M encourages a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual within our state, nation and world. All decisions and actions involving students and employees should be based on applicable law and individual merit.

Texas A&M University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Individuals who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by this statement are encouraged to contact the appropriate offices within their respective units.

Students should contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life at 979.845.3111, faculty members should contact the Office of the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost at 979.845.4274, and staff members should contact the Human Resources Department Employee Relations Office at 979.862.4027.

If you or someone you know has encountered a hate/biased incident, you may file a report at stophate.tamu.edu. You have the option to fill in your contact information or submit the report anonymously. Reports submitted anonymously or with limited information may limit our ability to follow up on an incident. Once a report is submitted online, a copy is emailed to a team for appropriate review and necessary action.

NOTE: Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for every report submitted through this site. State law determines confidentiality.

Concerned about someone’s behavior? Tell somebody!

On a college campus, sometimes behaviors of concern have gone unreported until a tragedy occurs, and then people come forward with bits of information which, in retrospect, may have signaled a larger issue. This information, when viewed collectively, may be helpful in preventing tragic events and initiating assistance to an individual. Texas A&M University is committed to a proactive approach and needs your help.

As a member of this University community, if you observe any behavior which is concerning, please go to tellsomebody.tamu.edu and provide detailed information on the report form. This report goes to members of the Special Situations Team. This team is comprised of University faculty and staff charged with helping students, faculty, and staff who are exhibiting concerning behavior. Alternatively you may call the following numbers during business hours:

For all emergencies, please call 911. For more information about the Tell Somebody Campaign or the Special Situations Team, please visit our website at tellsomebody.tamu.edu.

Texas A&M University strives to maintain a work and educational environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. Individuals are encouraged to report all unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, stalking, or domestic or dating violence, and should not wait to report conduct of concern until it becomes severe, pervasive, or persistent harassment. University officials can take proactive steps to address conduct, perhaps prevent conduct from continuing or escalating, and/or to protect or otherwise assist the recipient of the conduct. For more information on the Texas A&M University Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure go to student-rules.tamu.edu/rule47.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

Students have the option of notifying or not notifying law enforcement authorities including university and local police.

Reporting to the University

Confidential Reporting Option

  • In most cases, counselors in the Student Counseling Service are not required to report an incident that in any way identifies the student concerned without the student’s consent. However, if an imminent harm situation is present, the counselor must take action to protect whomever is at risk. – 979.845.4427

Support Services

Where to Report

Where to report If the alleged offender is a(n): The official contact is:
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Professional Student
  • Student Employee

Dean of Student Life

College Station, TX 77843-1257

TAMU Mail Stop 1257

studentlife@tamu.edu

979.845.3111

  • Faculty Member
  • Graduate Student or Post-Doctoral
  • Student working in Academic Affairs

Dean of Faculties

108 YMCA Building

College Station, TX 77843-1126

TAMU Mail Stop 1126

dof@tamu.edu

979.845.4274

  • Non-Faculty Staff Member
  • Graduate Student or Post-Doctoral
  • Student working in any area other than Academic Affairs
  • Unrelated Third Party

Human Resources Policy & Practice Review

750 Agronomy Road

College Station, TX 77843-1255

TAMU Mail Stop 1255

hrpolicy@tamu.edu

979.862.3331

Resource Links

Non-Emergency Reporting

Texas A&M Crime Information & Statistics

Campus Safety Links