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In an effort to make our buildings safe for students, GT Housing takes steps to ensure that needs for safety and security are met. These steps include keeping outside doors locked 24 hours a day and making sure that a student staff member (RA or PL) is on duty in each area whenever the Community Office is closed.

The Department of Housing takes your safety very seriously, and we are doing our best to improve resident's safety every day. Even though Tech takes precautionary steps, there is only so much that our staff can do on its own. It can't be entirely our responsibility, please do your part to keep your belongings, your neighbors, and yourself safe. Developing simple security habits once students arrive on campus can head off big problems and headaches in the future.

  • Lock your doors and carry your keys whenever you are away from your room. Students should do this even if they are only going next door. Remember that a thief does not need much time to ruin someone's day.
  • Lock your door if you are sleeping and/or completing a task that takes your attention away from your surroundings.
  • Do not prop open any exterior doors, or allow them to be propped open. While propping a door open may be convenient for a student or their guests, remember that it is also convenient for a thief.
  • Don't allow people to walk in behind you when you enter your building.
  • Register your valuables with the Police, or at least, have serial numbers of items like your TV, computer, bike, etc. written down and kept in a safe place. It is also helpful to keep pictures of these items.
  • Protect items such as credit and ATM cards. See to it that your PIN code is not written on either of these cards. Without this code, and ATM card is worthless to a thief.
  • Report Theft. If, by some unfortunate circumstance, you should have some of your valuables stolen, you can still take action. The first thing you should do is tell your PL or RA who can then fill out a Residence Information Form (RIF). The incident will then be on record with the Department of Housing. Next, you should file a report with the Georgia Tech Police. You can then give them the serial numbers and copies of pictures that you have taken of your valuables. 
  • Always evacuate the building when the alarm sounds.

Taking the steps listed above will greatly reduce the chances of you being victimized by a thief. While this is true, it is important to remember that these measures, which can be effective deterrents to crime, will only work if you take the initiative and responsibility to put them into practice.

Please call the GTPD, 404-894-2500, to report any crime in the residence halls. Provide them with whatever details, facts and suspicions you have. Be as clear as you or your floormates can be in responsibly describing the person seen on the floor, including physical description, clothing, tools, and other distinguishing features. You should also notify your community staff as well.

As an additional security measure both the GT police and housing owns and periodically uses hidden close circuit TV cameras and other surveillance devices in and around our residence halls. We have neither the desire nor the capability to be the “big brother” that watches you, but periodically, surveillance is used to deter and sometimes catch possible thieves and other security threats. This paragraph fulfills the regulatory requirements that these premises are periodically monitored and will allow use of closed circuit TV and other device records to be used in courts as evidence.


Additional Safety Information

Residence Life Emergency Alert Plan

Fire Safety

When the fire alarm sounds, you are required by law to evacuate the building, even in the event of a false alarm. The Georgia Tech Fire Marshall will administer a fire drill once per semester. All individuals are to proceed 100 feet away from the building to the designated "gathering point" for that hall. Only when the alarm is silenced and the "All Clear" given by Department of Housing Staff or the Georgia Tech Police, may people re-enter the building. Students who do not vacate will be subject to judicial action. Please note that we only do drills once, early in each semester. Any other time the alarm rings, there is a legitimate reason for it! We do not have a "false alarm" culture here at Tech.

Any student who knowingly or accidentally causes a fire will be handled through the judicial system for the Department of Housing and/or the Institute.

Sprinklers

Sprinkler heads must not be tampered with, or used as a means to hang personal items. Some of our facilities are equipped with sprinkler systems that will extinguish most major fires. These sprinklers put out 250 gallons of water per minute. You may end up flooding your room and many others at the same time. Georgia Tech is not responsible for the loss you may incur as a result of someone else's negligence. A resident who knowingly or accidentally causes a sprinkler to activate may be charged in the judicial process.




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