The following regulations were established to maintain a safe living environment for students residing in Rutgers University housing (dormitory, suite and apartment style residences). University fire safety regulations are enforced by certified Fire Inspectors of Emergency Services. Students found in violation of any of the items listed below will be issued a violation documenting the offense and will be referred to the Residence Life Office for disciplinary action. Students will be issued a Fire Code Violation Follow-Up Form, which must be completed and returned to Residence Life verifying that the violation has been corrected. Students who commit a second offense will be placed on probation and may face further disciplinary actions as determined by an Administrative Hearing/Conference. Students who commit a third offense may be removed from their residence.
Fire Safety Violations are issued to the student responsible for the offense. When it is not apparent to the Fire Inspector who was responsible, the violation will be issued to all occupants of the room. In these circumstances, all students are responsible for insuring the violation has been corrected and for the appropriate follow-up with Residence Life. Students who believe their involvement has been inaccurately documented must submit an explanation in writing and return it to the Residence Life staff member within 10 days of the Notice of Fire Safety Violation issuance. While not all students may be responsible for creating the Fire Code Violation, it is your responsibility to know and understand the policies regarding Fire Safety and to ensure that items in the room do not pose a fire hazard. If a student is found to not be responsible for the violation, the roommate will assume the full responsibility for correcting the violation.
Residents must discontinue use of cited hazards immediately, but are allowed seven (7) working days to remove the prohibited item(s) from the residence hall. In addition, residents are reminded that under the provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.13) they may be held financially liable for the actual costs of extinguishing a fire directly, or indirectly, caused by a violation which had been cited and remained unabated at the time of the fire and additional dedicated and compensatory penalties in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.12A.