Annual Fire Safety Report

Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), Section 488(g), HEA 485(i), an FSA-eligible school that maintains on-campus housing facilities is required to publish an annual fire safety report. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College maintains two residence halls: Le Fer Hall and Guerin Hall. During the academic year, Le Fer houses all students; Guerin houses live-on staff members. During the summer, students that work on campus reside in Guerin Hall.

Residence Hall Fire Safety and Sprinkler System

Le Fer Hall is equipped with a sprinkler system for fire suppression, smoke detectors, an alarm system, and emergency hall lighting. Alarm pulls and fire extinguishers are wall-mounted throughout the halls. Safety instructions are posted in key areas for quick reminders as to what to do in the case of a fire or other emergency.

Mandatory Supervised Fire Drills

In collaboration with the director of Campus Life, SMWC/SP Security preforms supervised fire drills. These fire drills are held twice a semester at different times of the day and under various weather conditions. In order to simulate a real fire, drills are not pre-announced.

Evacuation Procedures

In the case of a fire or other emergency requiring evaluation, the following steps are taken:

  1.  Emergency alarms are activated
  2. 911 is called
  3. Call to SMWC/SP Security to confirm alarm activation
  4. Depending on the time of the day and day of the week, the Resident Assistant staff, Residential Community Advisors, or Emergency Responders will check the floors of the residence hall to ensure that everyone has evacuated the floor/hall
  5. Students are directed to:
    • If you are in a room close the window
    • If there is smoke use a wet towel to breathe
    • Leave the room and close the door
    • Use stairwells, do not use the elevator
    • If the fire is outside the door remain in the room near the window so that firemen can locate you

No one will be allowed to reenter the building until the fire department gives the all clear sign to Security.

Note: Emergency Responders will check the floors during the work day; after hours and on weekends Resident Assistants and Residential Community Advisors will be responsible for checking the floors.

Fire and Safety Policies

The following regulations must be observed by all residents for purposes of personal safety, fire inspections, insurance and conservation of electrical energy:

  1. Smoking is not allowed in any building on campus.
  2. Every resident should use common sense when using electrical appliances. Appliances should not be left on in an unattended room. Electrical appliances that use heat (hair dryers, curling irons, etc.) need more power; therefore, they are more dangerous. The use of more than one of these heating appliances at once could result in a power failure to you and to your neighbors.
  3. Power strips should be used in place of extension cords and plug adapters whenever possible.
  4. Student installed air conditioners, halogen lights, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves and space heaters are NOT allowed in student rooms.
  5. Refrigerators larger than 3.5 cubic feet are prohibited.
  6. All appliances should be unplugged when the residence halls close.
  7. The use of Christmas lights is discouraged. Lights can be used to decorate artificial trees in student rooms; however, students need to take the following precautions: unplug the lights when no one is in the room, keep cloth and other material away from the lights and do not use tape to hang the lights on walls and doors. In public areas (when students are present), electrical decorations may be used with the approval of the director of Campus Life.
  8. Candles and incense are not allowed due to fire hazard.


Firearms/weapons are prohibited in all College buildings and on the College grounds.