Safety Orientation Information
The following information is available for residents and family members of Gardens Apartments.
All on-campus student-residents must complete the mandatory online Annual Housing Orientation prior to moving into your residence hall or Corps of Cadets hall or prior to scheduling your apartment check-in appointment. More information about the Annual Housing Orientation is available at How-To’s & Procedures under the Annual Housing Orientation toggle.
Non-student spouses are NOT required to complete the online orientation, but may find the information below helpful.
Community laundry machines are free to use (except in the Gardens Apartments)
- Washing Machines
- Only use detergent designed for high efficiency washers. Look for the logo shown at right.
- When using a color catcher, please put it in a small mesh bag before adding to the washing machine.
- Do not overload the machine.
- Clean the lint filter prior to using the dryer.
- Do not overload the dryer.
Television service is FREE for all on-campus residents
- IPTV and Cable TV Service – Hullabaloo Hall, all Southside Residence Halls, The Gardens Apartments, and Corps Dorms 6-8
- Cable TV Service – All Northside Residence Halls except Hullabaloo Hall
- IPTV Service – White Creek Apartments and Corps Dorms 1-5 and 9-12
Internet – WiFi and Ethernet
- ResNet (Residential Network) allows connection to the internet and other campus resources.
- Personal wireless routers are NOT allowed.
Recreational, study and vending in all areas of campus
- Consult with your hall/apartment staff for the location of these facilities in your area of campus
For a full list of amenities, visit our Amenities page.
Within each residential facility, there are multiple staff member who are there to assist you with any needs you might have.
- On each floor/wing/ramp/apartment building, there is a student staff member known as the Resident Advisor (Apartment RA for Gardens and White Creek). They are there to serve as a resource for you, assist you in anyway and ensure the safety and security of the community.
- RA/ARA’s report to a supervisor who also lives in the building/on campus. Some may report to a Graduate Hall Director (GHD) or Graduate Resident Manager (GRM) (apartments). Others will report to a Community Director (CD) or Resident Manager (RM).
- GHD’s & GRM’s are graduate students who work part time supervising a facility while attending classes. They have already completed their Bachelor’s degrees.
- CD’s & RM’s are full time staff members who oversee larger areas and directly supervise the GHD/GRM’s. The majority of these live-in staff members have already received their Master’s degrees.
- The Corps of Cadets operates differently. There is a Corps Housing Officer (CHO) for each dorm as well as the Guard Room.
- If you live in the Gardens Apartments, call 979.845.2261
- If you live in White Creek, call 979.458.8500
- If you live in the Residence Halls, call 979.845.2821
- If you live in the Corps Quad, call 979.845.6789
- For emergencies requiring police, fire department, or medical personnel, dial 911.
- Emergency phones are located throughout the residential areas in hallways and breezeways. For specific locations, contact your hall or apartment staff.
Residents should not prop doors open or allow others to follow them (tailgate) into the building. Residents should not loan their student ID to anyone for any reason.
Residents will be issued a key to their room/apartment. In units with locking bedrooms, the key will open the front door and the bedroom door. You should lock your door every time you leave, and while you are sleeping, showering, etc.
You should never loan your key to anyone, and duplicating keys is prohibited.
For more information, refer to Resident Rules.
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 insurance will cover loss or damage to personal belongings on campus. However, you should review policies carefully for any coverage limitations and/or applicable deductions.
If you decide to purchase property or renter’s insurance, you will need to choose from a wide variety of companies and policies. To help with your choice, the University has selected Authur J. Gallagher & Co. as its preferred property/renter’s insurance company. Information about available policies can be found online at https://collegestudentinsurance.com/.
For more information, contact the Coordinator of Residence Life Risk Management at 979.862.3158.
For more information, refer to Health, Safety, and Security.
In Your Room
- Every on-campus residence is equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers.
- Residents should not hang anything on sprinklers or cover sprinklers in any way.
Have an Exit Strategy
- If the fire alarm sounds, residents should immediately evacuate their room/apartment via the nearest exit. Emergency exits are designated on balconies, breezeways, and in hallways with illuminated signs.
- If the smoke detector in your room is sounding and the building alarm has not sounded, pull the nearest fire alarm pull station to activate the building alarm.
- Do not re-enter your room/apartment until directed to do so by the fire department or Residence Life staff.
Don’t Block Exits
- To ensure everyone in the community can exit safely in an emergency situation, all hallways, stairways, breezeways, walkways and building entrances/exits must be kept clear. Personal items may not be stored in these areas.
- Room and apartment doors should be able to open 90 degrees.
- Patios at the Gardens Apartments are not considered emergency exits. However, patios may not be used as storage space. Only bicycles and charcoal grills may be kept on patios.
- Fire extinguishers are located throughout residential buildings in hallways, breezeways, and along balconies.
- To use a fire extinguisher, remember PASS:
- Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever
- Aim low; point the nozzle as the base of the fire
- Squeeze the lever to discharge the extinguishing agent
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side along the base of the fire until the flames appear to be out. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process. Never turn your back on a fire.
Residence Life, in conjunction with Environmental Health and Safety, conducts annual Fire and Life Safety Inspections in each resident room and apartment.
A Residence Life staff member will escort an inspector into each room/apartment to conduct the inspections. A summary of the inspection will be provided to you after the inspection.
Residents will be responsible for correcting any deficiencies found during the inspection.
Following these policies will help ensure your room does not have any deficiencies during the fire and life safety inspection.
- Extension Cords are not allowed. Residents must use a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker.
- Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into wall outlets (except in balcony-style halls).
- Power strips must be plugged directly into walls and cannot be plugged into each other.
- Cords may not be run under carpets, above ceiling tiles, or be pinched in any way, including in bed springs or under mattresses.
- Do not use candles or any prohibited appliances
- Do not obstruct sprinkler heads or smoke detectors (there must be 18 inches of clearance below these)
For more information, refer to Health, Safety, and Security.
Your safety and the safety of those around you is of utmost importance. Following all procedures outlined in this orientation will help ensure you and your neighbors have a safe community. For emergencies, dial 911.
Residents should always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to a Residence Life staff member or to the University Police Department at 979.845.2345 or online at https://upd.tamu.edu/Pages/Report-a-Crime.aspx
Also, as a member of the University community, if you observe any behavior by individuals that is concerning you may report the concerning behavior using the online report form at http://tellsomebody.tamu.edu
For information regarding available support services and how to make a report, visit http://urc.tamu.edu/title-ix/.
Student-residents can sign up for Code Maroon by going to codemaroon.tamu.edu.
Non-student spouses can sign up for Code Maroon by going to http://codemaroon.tamu.edu/PublicAccess.aspx and following the on-screen instructions.
- Texas A&M University is located in Brazos County, which is an area where thunderstorms and tornadoes can potentially occur.
- The University uses a lightning detection system called Thorguard, which will sound an alarm and use strobe lights to warn that lightning has been detected. When this happens, residents should seek shelter immediately.
- The University does not have a tornado siren system.
- If a tornado/thunderstorm/severe weather watch is issued, residents should be prepared to act should the watch become a warning.
- If a tornado/thunderstorm/severe weather warning is issued, residents should seek shelter according to the type of storm. Typically a Code Maroon alert will be issued in a weather warning situation.
Additional information can be located on the back of your apartment/room door and at http://www.tamu.edu/emergency/
Making Sustainability an Aggie tradition
The Residence Life Sustainability web page has a multitude of resources to help you be more sustainable while living on campus.
- Locations of recycling containers in your hall
- Calendar of sustainability events happening on and off campus
- Monthly Res Life Sustainability newsletter
- And so much more!
The Graduate Assistant Sustainability Coordinator can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.862.3158
Ways to Become Involved in Sustainability
- Join the Aggie Eco Reps
- Use the water filling stations in your hall (don’t forget your reusable water bottle!)
- Recycle papers, notebooks, boxes, and plastic using your halls recycling containers
- Donate unwanted household goods and clothing
- Carpool with friends when traveling off campus to reduce your carbon footprint
- Take the Aggie Spirit bus or ride an OFO bike to get around campus
- Spread the word about sustainability using #aggiesgoinggreen
Sustainability starts with YOU. Challenge yourself to be a little more sustainable each day.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead
Corps of Cadets: All cadets should also reference The Standard for additional rules issued by the Office of The Commandant.
- All residents within the room/apartment must be 21 years of age in order for alcohol to be present. No exceptions. Alcohol is not allowed in public areas.
- Residents and their guests are required to comply with state and local statutes as well as University and residence hall rules concerning possession and use of prescription and illegal drugs.
- The University prohibits the manufacturing, possessing, selling, transmitting, using or being a party to any illegal drug, controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia on University premises, including the residence halls, or at University-sponsored activities.
- Please refer to the Texas A&M University student rules for the full regulation and sanctions for violations.
- Residents found violating this rule may be removed from University housing.
- All prescription drugs should be in the resident’s name only.
- Possession of another person’s prescription drugs is illegal.
What to Bring
- Alarm clock
- Coffee maker
- Crock pot
- Rice cooker
- A “Scentsy” type wax warmer that uses a bulb
- Iron & ironing board
- Hot air popcorn popper
- TV, stereo, DVD player
- UL approved electrical power strips with built-in circuit breakers (not extension cords) (See image shown at top right)
What Not to Bring
- Indoor grill/sandwich press*
- Toaster oven*
- Hot plate
- Pressure cooker
- Extension cords (see images shown at bottom right)
- Halogen lamps
- Space Heaters
*allowed in the apartments due to kitchens inside the dwelling
A more extensive list of items that can and cannot be brought into the apartments, see our Packing information on our Move-In Information page.
Gardens Apartment Residents with Children
- Parents or caregivers are responsible for providing proper supervision for all children.
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times while in the public areas of the Gardens Apartment complex.
- It is recommended that children (even those 12 and older) not be allowed to play outside after dark without supervision.
- Children may not play with any emergency equipment.
- Parents or caregivers are expected to clean up and organize the Community Center playroom before leaving.
- Staff members are required to abide by the Texas reporting laws for abusive and neglectful supervision. Texas family code defines neglectful supervision as placing a child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that requires judgment or actions beyond the child’s level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities.
- Children who live at the Gardens Apartments are in the College Station Independent School District and will attend South Knoll Elementary.
- Our Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) officers will assist you to properly install child vehicle safety seats. Call 979.845.2345 to arrange an appointment.
- Residents are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of their assigned spaces.
- Apartment residents are responsible for the entire apartment, including bedroom and shared spaces.
- Corridor/Ramp style halls which have the community bathrooms are cleaned daily by the custodial staff. This includes the Corps, Moses, Davis-Gary, and Legett.
- All other Residence Halls with suite style baths are cleaned weekly by the custodial staff.
- Toilet paper is only provided in community style bathrooms. Bring your own in all other locations.
- No decorations may hinder the use of or restrict access to hallways, doorways, stairs, corridors, or fire related equipment.
- Do not attach anything to or tamper with light fixtures, fire equipment or exit signs.
- Combustible material (posters, cloth) should not be attached to room ceilings.
- Wall decorations should be at least 18 inches from the ceiling.
- Do not cover your entire door with decorations; this serves as a fuel source for fires.
- Residents should not use nails or screws to hang decorations (including decorative lighting).
- These restrictions apply to student rooms, as well as public areas.
Adhesives and Tapes
- Please use approved adhesive products to decorate your room.
- Approved products are painters tape, masking tape, Gaffer’s tape, poster putty and 3M Command Strips (Residence Life has determined that 3M Command Strips and poster putty will damage room walls in Hullabaloo Hall and the White Creek Apartments. Please use one of the other recommended products or consult with your hall staff for other products)
- These items must be removed with care. Failure to remove these items properly per the manufacturers instructions can cause damage to walls, doors and other building fixtures which you will be charged for.
- The following products are NOT allowed: duct tape, packing tape, scotch tape, liquid adhesives, super glue, foam tape, 3M Command hooks, nails, screws, or metal tacks.
- Fireworks, explosives, charcoal, lighter fluid, etc. are not allowed in Residence Life facilities.
- Flammable items such as candles, halogen lamps, lava lamps, incense, and hoverboards are not also not permitted.
- Anything with an open flame is prohibited.
- All furniture and fixtures that are present at check in must be present at check out
- Furniture should not be removed from the room/apartment.
- Furniture should not block access to doors, windows, air vents, air conditioners or heating vents.
- Lounge or common space furniture should not be taken into resident rooms/apartments.
- No room/apartment modifications are allowed.
- When something is vandalized or damaged in a common area of a Residence Life facility and the perpetrator is not found, group billing may occur to cover the cost of the repairs.
- The cost will be split evenly among the residents of the affected area, depending on if it is a single floor/ramp/wing or the entire facility.
- Residents should report any information they have regarding vandalism or damage to Residence Life staff or University Police.
- All guests must be escorted at all times while in Residence Life facilities.
- Overnight guests must be of the same gender.
- All residents of the room/apartment must approve of overnight guests.
- Cohabitation is not allowed.
- Co-Ed facilities have 24 hour visitation.
- Same gender facilities have visitation from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. unless 75% of the hall votes in favor of 24 hour visitation.
- The host of the guest assumes all responsibility of their guests.
- Corps of Cadets, please refer to The Standard.
- Only 1 microwave is allowed per room UNLESS:
- Both residents have rented MicroChill units which are fridge/freezer/microwave combos. This is the only way 2 microwaves are allowed.
- These combo fridges are designed to turn off the fridge/freezer when the microwave runs, so additional amperage is not needed.
- You can rent these at www.collegeproducts.com/tamu and they will be delivered for you and picked up at the end of the year.
- 2 refrigerators are allowed in the residence halls.
- They must be under 4.4 cubic feet.
- No full size refrigerators or freezers allowed in the residence halls.
- No pets are allowed in residence halls or apartments except fish living in an aquarium (20 gallon maximum) and the official university mascot.
- Assistance animals (as defined by the Fair Housing Act) are only allowed in a student’s room or apartment after a request has been submitted and permission has been granted by the Department of Residence Life. Requests for assistance animals must be approved in writing before the student brings the animal into the hall or apartment. Requests for assistance animals should be directed to Jeff Wilson, Associate Director, Housing Assignments Office.
- Service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) are permitted in accordance with federal law. The service animal’s owner must abide by all local laws regarding animal ownership and be sure the animal is current on all required vaccinations and licensing. Documentation of vaccinations and licensing must be submitted annually to Jeff Wilson, Associate Director, Housing Assignments Office.
For more information, refer to Procedures.
No smoking is allowed in any University building or facility. This includes E-Cigarettes, Hookahs, tobacco pipes, vapes, etc.
No smoking on balcony’s, patios, or near any building entrance.
Tampering with the smoke detector is illegal and irresponsible. Anyone tampering with a smoke detector will be documented and sent through the conduct process.
- Illegal knives
- Pellet Guns
- BB Guns
- Bows & Arrows
- Sling Shots
- Martial Arts Weapons
- Axes or Machetes
- Swords or Spears
- Knives with blades longer than 4 inches
- Airsoft Guns
- Paintball Guns
- Nerf Guns
Concealed handgun license holders must follow all state and federal laws concerning owning and possessing a handgun on campus. An resident who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun and chooses to bring the handgun into their room/apartment must store the handgun and ammunition in an electronic locking steel safe that has been rented or purchased through the Department of Residence Life.
For information regarding safe rentals/purchases, view the Personal Safes information on our Amenities – Add-Ons page.