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The UVM campus is a very safe place to live.
We provide staff and equipment to help maintain a safe and secure living environment, and expect residents to also take an active role.


  • Doors to student living areas are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Professional staff are always on call for emergencies.
  • Resident advisors (RAs) are on duty evenings after 7:00 p.m.
  • Public safety is the #1 goal of UVM Police Services (a fully sworn agency).
  • Emergency blue lights are outside each residence hall & all over campus.



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To help ensure a clean, healthy, and safe living environment for residents, we conduct montly health and safety inspections of each student room. Residents are given 24-hour notice, and any safety/policy violations are documented and referred through the student conduct process. These inspections help maintain a healthy environment. If you are ever concerned about the health or safety of your living space, let your hall staff know right away.


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  • When a fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately. Failure to do so is a federal offense, and residents who do not leave will be sanctioned and fined.
  • Do not prop doors. They can allow smoke to fill a hallway/room very quickly.
  • Keep hallways and stairways clear of all items so you can get out quickly.
  • Do not cover smoke detectors with anything – they need to be exposed to detect smoke.
  • Do not hang anything on or cover sprinkler heads – they might not go off in a fire.
  • Do not smoke, light candles or burn incense to avoid setting off a detector or starting a fire.
  • Check ResLife Terms & Conditions for policies on fire prevention, smoking in the residence halls, and fines/judicial actions for tampering with fire-safety equipment.
  • UVM's  Fire Safety Report for Student Housing includes fire safety policy statements and information about how to access UVM’s daily fire log.


  • Add UVM Police to your cell-phone contacts: (802) 656-3473.
  • Report any suspicious activity right away.
  • Never let strangers into the building. Do not prop doors.
  • Talk with roommates/suitemates about the security of your room.
  • Lock your door and windows when you leave your room and before you go to sleep.
  • Do not attach your room key to your CATcard.
  • Register expensive items with UVM Police.
  • Do not post messages that say you're away.
  • Buy renter's insurance and a lock/tracking software for your laptop.