NSU Residential Living Guide 2023-2024

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY 27 2023–2024 RESIDENTIAL LIVING GUIDE 26 ƒ Since the floors get wet, all particles such as shoes, rugs, clothes, bags, suitcases, etc., should be placed on closet shelves or in dresser drawers. ƒ All loose objects should be placed in drawers or closets. Paper, books, etc., should not be left on tops of desks or dressers. ƒ Valuables should be removed or placed in closets or drawers that can be locked. The closets and drawers should be locked/closed and remain locked/closed throughout the hurricane. ƒ All doors should be locked when the occupants are not in the room or apartment. ƒ All windows must be closed tightly. In those facilities where Venetian blinds are provided, the blinds should be down and closed. DO NOT put tape on windows. ƒ Each student should provide their own flashlight in case of power failure. DO NOT use candles under any circumstances; fire is uncontrollable during a hurricane. Residents should provide themselves with an adequate supply of non-perishable foods to last two to three days. ƒ If you vacate your residence prior to the storm, we ask that you inform the Office of Residence Life staff where you can be located. ƒ During storms, all automobiles must be parked in designated parking areas. ƒ All windows should be closed, and your doors locked. Procedures During the Hurricane Whether on campus or in a designated off campus shelter, your personal protection and welfare is essential. We ask that you follow this list of instructions: 1. It is essential that all residents stay with the Offices of Residence Life and University Housing staff throughout the entire hurricane. Residents must not leave their area of shelter until directed to do so by the Residence Life and University Housing staff. 2. Students should remain away from danger areas, such as glass windows and doors of the shelter. above) at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life and/or their designee. If a parent or legal guardian cannot be contacted when attempted (for those under 18), and attempt will be made to contact the second person listed. For non-emergency cases, refer to the parental/legal guardian notification policy. Fire Safety Anyone unnecessarily setting off a fire alarm, unnecessarily tampering with fire exits and other means of impeding traffic could be subject to a charge, and may result in immediate University conduct action and criminal prosecution. Residents found damaging smoke alarms or fire alarm equipment will be charged for the damages and dealt with in a conduct manner. Failure to evacuate a residence hall during a fire alarm is also prohibited and may result in conduct action. When you hear the fire alarm, evacuate the residence hall immediately. Close and lock your door when you leave your room/apartment. Do not take the elevator (you may get caught in a power outage). When you are outside of the hall remember to stay far enough away from the entrances so that you do not interfere with Davie Fire Department, Davie Police, Public Safety, and Residence Life staff. Hurricane and Tropical Storm Procedures Upon announcement by the U.S. Weather Bureau that a hurricane or tropical storm warning status has been declared, the Director of Residence Life will be notified and will relay weather information to the department staff and residents. If residents are leaving the residence halls prior to a storm, each resident must fill out a electronic housing hurricane release form in housing portal. Preparation Before the Hurricane Strikes ƒ All furniture including beds should be pulled away from the windows. Electronics should be placed off the floor, preferably in the closet. Procedures After the Hurricane ƒ Residents will not be allowed back into the residence halls until the Director of Residence Life has received approval from University administration that all residence halls are safe and secure. ƒ Students must routinely check e-mails and university advisories for continuous updates. ƒ Damage to personal property found after the storm is not the responsibility of Nova Southeastern University or the Office of Residence Life. ƒ Damage to NSU Property will be taken care of by the University in a timely manner after the storm. ƒ Damage to personal property must be taken care of on an individual basis so make sure to have renter’s insurance in case of emergencies. ƒ If residents need to be relocated due to damage to their room, the Office of Residence Life will work with each student to find a temporary location on campus until the room is cleared by University administration. Medical Emergencies From time to time, medical emergencies do occur in our residence halls. These may include accidents or serious illness. After you have determined the nature of the emergency, it is imperative that you get professional help as quickly as possible: 1. Immediately contact Davie Police—911; and 2. Contact Public Safety at (954) 262-8999; Missing Student Procedures Pursuant to federal law, every residential student is entitled to register any individual (over the age of 18) as their confidential emergency contact person, to be notified in the event of their unlikely disappearance or if they are determined to be “missing.” It is not required that this individual be the same person(s) designated on the Emergency Notification Form. 3. Do not attempt to open windows or doors to see what is happening outside once you are located in the designated shelter area. If everyone remains calm, stays inside, and observes the above instructions, and precautions, this minimizes danger. If anyone has any questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life staff or Public Safety. Students are responsible for following all the procedures above and any other procedures given at the shelter location by the Office of Residence Life staff. Residents will not be able to return to the halls and must stay indoors at the designated shelter location during the hurricane. If a resident chooses to stay off-campus during the storm, the resident will not be able to return until the Offices of Residence Life and University Housing opens the residence halls. This is for your protection.