HEALTH, 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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|
For charges at the Student Health Services or for treatment by other health care providers, health insurance is recommended.
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.
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 Hall||660 Mosher Lane||Krueger Hall||722 Lubbock Street|
|Aston Hall||655 Mosher Lane||Lechner Hall||232 Houston Street|
|Clements Hall||211 Jones Street||Legett Hall||422 Ross Street|
|Davis-Gary Hall||210 University Drive||McFadden Hall||301 Jones Street|
|Dunn Hall||636 Lubbock Street||Moses Hall||212 University Drive|
|Eppright Hall||695 Spence Street||Mosher Hall||725 Mosher Lane|
|Fowler Hall||225 Jones Street||Neeley Hall||140 Asbury Street|
|Haas Hall||212 Houston Street||Rudder Hall||770 Mosher Lane|
|Hart Hall||460 Throckmorton Street||Schuhmacher Hall||308 University Drive|
|Hobby Hall||160 Asbury Street||Underwood Hall||644 Mosher Lane|
|Hughes Hall||265 Jones Street||Walton Hall||166 Houston Street|
|Hullabaloo Hall||306 University Drive||Wells Hall||700 Mosher Lane|
|Keathley Hall||214 University Drive|
|Corps Halls - all Corps hall addresses end with College Station, TX 77840|
|Dorm 1 - Spence Hall||605 Military Mall||Dorm 7 - Leonard Hall||695 Military Mall|
|Dorm 2 - Kiest Hall||606 Military Mall||Dorm 8 - Harrell Hall||696 Military Mall|
|Dorm 3 - Briggs Hall||635 Military Mall||Dorm 9 - Whitely Hall||735 Military Mall|
|Dorm 4 - Fountain Hall||636 Military Mall||Dorm 10 - White Hall||736 Military Mall|
|Dorm 5 - Gainer Hall||665 Military Mall||Dorm 11 - Harrington Hall||767 Military Mall|
|Dorm 6 - Lacy Hall||664 Military Mall||Dorm 12 - Utay Hall||766 Military Mall|
|University Apartments - address exactly as entered below|
|Gardens Apartments - Buildings F-L||Student Name|
302 Ball Street
Building Letter & Apt #
College Station, TX 77840
|Gardens Apartments - Buildings M-Q||Student Name
1100 Hensel Drive
Building Letter & Apt #
College Station, TX 77840
|White Creek Apartments||Student 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.
- 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.
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:
- Review emergency plans.
- Be alert for changing weather conditions.
- 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.
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.
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 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:
- In reference to student behavior: 979.845.3111 (Offices of the Dean of Student Life)
- In reference to staff behavior: 979.845.3711 (Human Resources –Employee Assistance Program)
- In reference to faculty behavior: 979.845.4274 (Dean of Faculties)
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.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
Students have the option of notifying or not notifying law enforcement authorities including university and local police.
- University Police Department – 979.845.2345
- University Police Department – Victim Advocate – 979.862.9767
- Bryan Police Department – 979-209-5301
- College Station Police Department – 979.764.3600
- Brazos County Sheriff’s Office – 979.361.4100
Reporting to the University
- For assistance with reporting a complaint to the University, students may contact the Offices of the Dean of Student Life – 979.845.3111
- Students may also make inquiries or file a complaint by contacting the University’s Title IX Coordinator – TitleIX.Coordinator@tamu.edu or 979.845.0977.
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
- Student Assistance Services – 979.845.3113
- University Police Department Victim Advocate – 979-862-9767
- Student Counseling Service (SCS) – 979.845.4427, SCS Helpline – 979.845.2700
- Student Health Services – 979.458.8316
- Women’s Resource Center – 979.845.8784
- GLBT Resource Center – 979.862.8920
- Sexual Assault Resource Center (Community Resource) – 979.731.1000
Where to Report
|Where to report If the alleged offender is a(n):||The official contact is:|
- Submit a Non-Emergency Report to the University Police Department
- Submit a Non-Emergency Report to the Risk, Fraud, & Misconduct Hotline
- Submit a Tell Somebody Report