Health and Safety Room Checks

Health and Safety Checks are required in all Residence Halls and apartments each September and February. These checks are conducted to increase safety within our residential buildings by timely identification and removal of prohibited appliances and other violations from student rooms. These checks also allow our staff an opportunity to educate residents through positive, personal contact. September checks are educational in nature and do not result in judicial action or fines, unless it is for a dangerous item such as propane tanks. More information is available in our Room and Apartment Guides.

During the check, Resident Assistants (RAs) conduct a non-invasive scan of the room. They do not open drawers, refrigerators, or closets, but may move (or ask the resident to move) items blocking outlets. Any items found that are in violation of policy will be confiscated and stored by the Residence Director. If the case of violations that are behavioral in nature (such as smoking or cleanliness issues) or items too large to be confiscated, the residents will be given a compliance date to resolve the issue by.

During Winter Break closing checks, Environmental Health and Safety and Residential Life staff conducts inspections in every Residence Hall and apartment.

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) routinely inspects all Ithaca College facilities' common areas and some randomly selected rooms and apartments for fire code violations. Ithaca College works with OFPC to make changes as identified during these inspections.

Additional Health and Safety information (e.g., approved and prohibited appliances) is available in the Room Guide and Apartment Guide which are featured on this page.