Safety & Emergency Information

Blue Lights on Campus

Stations with blue lights are located in student parking lots on campus. Individuals may push a button to become directly connected to 911 from these stations.

Bomb Threats

If you receive a bomb threat, attempt to obtain as much information from the caller as possible. Call 9-911 and give your name and location. Inform them of any information regarding the location of the bomb, time it is set to explode and when the call was received. Notify a Residential Life staff member immediately.

Emergency Response Plan

The University has established an Emergency Response Plan .


Students will be held responsible for actions that could lead to potential threat to human life or facilities, including but not limited to disabling fire alarms/smoke detectors, leaving cooking areas unattended, items left in hallways, etc. In the event of an accidental fire, restitution for damages will be assessed by the Office of University Housing Operations in addition to educational sanctioning by the Office of Residential Life. Malicious fires or arson will be addressed by University Police, as well as the Code of Student Conduct process.

Explosives, Chemicals, Open Flames

The use or possession of harmful chemicals, fire crackers or other explosives, candles, incense or other open flames is not permitted in or around University housing. No storage of gas powered vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters, etc. is permitted.

Fire & Other Evacuations

When the fire alarm sounds, all students must take immediate steps to evacuate their rooms or apartments. In most areas, exit will be made down stairways and away from the buildings. In the event of a fire, do not use the elevators. Follow the instructions of Residential Life staff, University Police Officers or fire fighting personnel. Keep the following in mind in the event of an evacua­tion:

1. Walk; don't run. Be particularly careful on stairways.
2. Proceed directly to a place of safety. Do not attempt to salvage personal articles. They are not worth the risk.
3. Time permitting, close doors and windows when leaving.
4. Before opening a closed door, feel it to see if it is hot. If it is hot, attempt to find another exit route.
5. A towel or robe soaked in water can be helpful in combat­ing smoke inhalation.
6. At all times, follow the instructions of personnel authorized to take charge at the scene of the emergency.

Remember, it is required by law that all persons exit the building during a fire alarm. Any persons found not leaving the building during an alarm will face disciplinary action. Each student will be informed of the designated meeting location by their RA.

Fire Drills

The University will hold fire drills to acquaint residents with fire evacuation procedures. All residents and guests should follow directions during the drills. Failure to vacate may result in disciplinary action.

Fire Safety Equipment

Fire safety equipment is located throughout the residen­tial complexes for the protection of all residents. Residents should familiarize themselves with these locations. Students tampering with such equipment including, but not limited to fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, smoke detectors and/or pull stations are in violation of State law and will be subject to immediate disciplinary action.

Other Safety Concerns

Residents are encouraged to be cautious when meeting off-campus strangers who wish to return to the residential facilities. It is also important to be careful about developing relationships online. Both of these types of encounters can become troublesome for residential students.

Pranks & False Alarms

Any fire, even a small one can get out of control. False alarms have resulted in fire truck accidents, causing injuries and delaying fire fighters from getting to real fires. False alarms potentially could cause residents to ignore a real fire alarm. Discourage irresponsible people who set fires or tamper with equipment and alarms. Report false alarms to a member of the Residential Life Staff or University Police.

Responding to Crises

Residential Life staff will respond as necessary to crises on campus, notifying appropriate emergency services, as needed. Students are required to comply with directives issued by Res Life staff or emergency services personnel when dealing with campus crises.

Safety Away from Campus

If going out after dark, stay in well-populated and well-lighted areas. Avoid being alone on campus after dark. Roommates should inform each other of their destination and time of return. Do not hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.


In an effort to provide greater safety and security to residents of the University, several housing complexes are equipped with (video) camera security systems. Any residents who host guests after buildings are secured for the evenings must escort their guests to and from the entry and within the building/courtyard area at all times. Security hours have been established for personal privacy, safety and security of residents' belongings. Therefore, it is important that residents never prop open doors, allow other individuals to make use of their keys or access mechanism, or allow unauthorized persons into the buildings. Doing so will jeopardize the safety and security of all residents and may result in disciplinary action. Duplication of keys is prohibited.


Sidewalks around residential facilities are for pedestrian traffic only; automobiles, other gas- or battery-propelled vehicles are not permitted on the sidewalks at any time. Sidewalk chalking is not permissible.

Theft Prevention

A locked door offers the best security, especially during the night when sleeping or when leaving the room for even a short period of time. When inside the room, ask callers to identify themselves before opening the door. Money and expensive jewelry should be kept in a safe place. Clothing should never be left in a laundry room unat­tended. University Police has engraving tools available at no charge for marking property such as televi­sions, radios and stereos. Thefts, no matter how insignificant the lost item, should be reported to University Police and Residential Life staff as soon as possible.


A Tornado Watch means the potential exists for a tornado to develop. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or radar indicated. In residential facilities, residents must move to the lowest floors, preferably in the basement. Residents must evacuate the top floors. It is important that they stay away from areas of glass such as the large picture windows; crouch low and cover their head s with a mattress, blanket, or hands. Notifications systems (sirens) are in place on campus in addition a tornado refuge plan is posted in each room; residents should familiarize themselves with tornado safety procedures. Tornado sirens will be tested regularly and residents will be notified of such tests.


Saginaw Valley State University has adopted a Weapons Policy. It is necessary for students to become familiar with the policy which can be found at the following website address: Operations Manual . The possession or use on University property or in approved housing of any weapons such as, but not limited to, firearms, ammunition, pellet guns, airguns, knives, blades, chemi­cals or explosives, including firecrackers, is prohibited unless authorized in writing by the Chief of University Police. A harmless instrument designed to look like a weapon that is used by or is in the possession of a person with the intent to cause fear in or assault to another person is expressly included within the meaning of weapons. All residents must check their weapons with the University Police for storage services.