The following information is provided in response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (PL-110-315).
Augustana College strives to provide a safe residential environment particularly when it comes to fire safety. Planning is currently underway to incorporate a "wet" type of fire sprinkler system into residence halls which do not currently have a sprinkler system.
The college employs a full-time staff member whose primary responsibility is to repair and maintain life/safety equipment. All fire safety systems are inspected annually by an independent contractor hired for that purpose.
In recent years the college has not reported injuries or loss of life as the result of a fire. The most recent occurrence involving a fire in a residential facility occurred in 2011.
(1) On 3/2011 the Public Safety dispatcher reported having received a fire alarm from one of the residence halls. Public Safety and the fire department were dispatched and upon arrival discovered that a washer in Food Service was on fire. The fire was extinguished and an inspection revealed that the cause could be attributed to a grease from the items inside the washer. Damage was limited to the washer. There were no injuries
(2) On 9/18/2010 a student upset over recent diciplinary action they had received, attempted to set fire to "door decorations" located on the door of a Residential Life staff members room. The damage was minimal and there were no injuries involved. The offender, who was caught in the act ,was removed from the college immediately.
Fire safety training
Early in the fall term each residential facility conducts a fire drill to familiarize residents with the evacuation procedures specific to their residence. Fire safety and evacuation procedures are also reviewed at the first community meeting. A poster outlining emergency procedures is posted in every student room.
Each fall, the fire department offers training in the use of fire extinguishers to members of the staff and faculty including members of the Residential Life staff. Specific information regarding fire safety policies in student housing is detailed in Inside our Halls and Houses.
Fire safety systems in student housing
Augustana employs a variety of fire protection systems in residential housing. Each facility is listed below with specific information regarding the method/means utilized.
S — Sprinklers -building is equipped with a sprinkler system
HW — Hard Wired detectors within the structure are linked and connected to 110v
B — Battery. Detectors are battery equipped
FP — Facility is regulated through a fire panel on site but is not linked to central station
FPM — Fire Panel Monitored structure is linked into a central station in Public Safety and monitored 24/7
Bellman A&B HW
Bremer A&B FP
Erickson Hall FPM
Gustav A&B HW
House On Hill FPM
Lindgren A&B B
Martinson A& B HW
Naeseth (1-5) FPM
Parkander S. S/FPM
Parkander N. S/FPM
Roslin A&B HW
Seminary Hall FPM
Swanson Commons S/FPM
Westerlin Hall FPM