Residence Hall Safety


Warren Wilson College strives to maintain the safest environment possible for all members of the community. WWC has an extraordinarily low crime rate compared to many campuses, and is continuing to take steps to make the campus as safe as possible.

All residence halls are protected by access card locks that allow only members of the Warren Wilson community and their guests to enter. At check-in you will be issued a key to your room. Do not loan or give your key or ID card to another student or guest. Report lost or misplaced room keys and ID cards immediately.  It is very important to the security of all residents to make sure that doors are never propped open.  It is the responsibility of each resident to follow this guideline and close doors that are propped.  It can also be dangerous to provide access to the building to people that you do not know.

Residence Hall staff are on duty from 7pm to 7am and are trained and responsible for maintaining the safety and security of the residence halls. This includes enforcing fire safety policies, responding to emergencies, and reporting concerns.

In addition, the college has a trained security crew (Public Safety) staffed by students, and supervised by full-time security staff that patrols the campus. Public Safety is responsible for maintaining the safety of the campus, enforcing campus motor vehicle regulations, assisting with traffic and crowd control at campus events, responding to emergency calls, and providing crime prevention information.


Fire Safety
According to North Carolina General Statue 14-286, it is unlawful for any person or persons to wantonly and willfully give or cause to be given, or to advise, counsel, or aid and abet anyone in giving a false alarm of fire, or to break the glass key protector, or to pull the slide, arm, or lever of any station or signal box of any fire alarm system, except in case of fire. It is also unlawful to willfully misuse or damage a portable fire extinguisher, or in any way willfully interfere with, damage, deface, molest, or injure any part or portion of any fire alarm, fire-detection, smoke-detection, or fire-extinguishing system.

Fire safety equipment (alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers) is to be used only to warn people that a fire exists or to attempt to put out a fire. Do not disable a door closer (which could prevent safe passage out of a building) or remove the battery from the smoke detector in your room. If your smoke detector needs a new battery or your door closer doesn't work properly, contact your RD immediately. These violations of NC Statues are Conduct Board level offenses. Fines and housing probation are recommended sanctions.

When a fire alarm sounds in a residence hall, everyone must immediately evacuate the building and remain outside at the designated assembly area until the RD or RA takes a head count. Permission to re-enter the building is given by the Swannanoa Fire Department. The fire department must be called regardless of the cause of the alarm.

Protocol: Sound Alarm. Evacuate. Call 911. Call Public Safety.

Fire Drills
Required fire drills are held each semester. When an alarm sounds leave your room, close the door and proceed to the nearest safe building exit. Go to the designated assembly area and remain there until the RD and RAs can account for everyone.

Fire Hazards
No candles, incense, non-regulation halogen lamps, oil lamps, kerosene heaters, electrical heaters, space heaters, flammable liquids, fireworks, ammunition, or other flammables are permitted in the residence halls. Do not drape material over lampshades or light fixtures. No air conditioners, appliances with open coil elements, or large refrigerators are permitted. Use heavy-duty fusible power strips instead of extension cords. Hallways and stairwells must be kept clear (no shoes, bikes, furniture or trash). Do not prop open fire doors. Never block the exit door to your room. Violations of fire safety rules will result in conduct action. Because of the significant fire danger, discharging fireworks inside a building will result in immediate loss of housing.

Personal Safety and Theft

Do not prop or otherwise interfere with the secure closure of exterior doors. Do not share or loan your access card or room key with off-campus people. Ask guests and delivery people to call you from the phone at the front door.

Lock your room when you leave (however briefly) and when you are sleeping.

The College is not responsible for theft or damage to your possessions. Check with your parent's insurance agent to see if you are covered by their homeowner’s policy.

Report any suspicious persons to Public Safety and Student Crew (ext. HELP or call Public Safety supervisors' cell phone: 230-4592).