Basic fire safety instruction is provided to students during hall meetings at the
beginning of each fall and spring semester. Residence hall staff members receive additional
intensive and comprehensive fire safety training each fall. Fire Extinguisher training
is offered to faculty, staff and students when requested.
In addition, emergency evacuation drills are conducted each fall and spring semester.
The University uses the drills to both educate and remind the residents of the proper
evacuation procedure and to survey the facility for any non-functional devices.
The evacuation drills are coordinated by the University of Dallas Police Department
each fall and spring semester for all campus residential facilities. Thus, the emergency
evacuation procedures are tested at least twice each year. Students learn the locations
of the emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction
they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term building evacuation.
UDPD does not tell residents in advance about the designated long-term evacuations
because those decisions are affected by the time of day, location of the building
being evacuated, the availability of the various designated emergency gathering locations
on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the threat. In both
cases, UDPD and Student Affairs staff on the scene will communicate information to
students regarding the developing situation or any evacuation status changes.
The purpose of the drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation
in case of an emergency. All fire drills are unannounced. These evacuation drills
are used as a way to educate and train occupants on issues specific to their facility.
During the drill, occupants “practice” drill procedures and familiarize themselves
with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm. In addition to educating
the occupants of each building about the evacuation procedures during the drills,
the process also provides the University an opportunity to test the operation of the
fire alarm system components. Any deficient equipment is noted so that appropriate
repairs can be performed.
Additionally, students receive emergency information and procedures during their hall