The residential community is made up of approximately 1,400 students living in the residence halls, on-campus fraternity houses, and the senior apartments. There is one Resident Assistant assigned to each floor in every residence hall (except for the fraternities, senior residence and the senior apartments). These Resident Assistants report to the Resident Director assigned to their building. The fraternity houses and senior resident house share a Resident Director on staff. The Resident Directors report to the Director of Residence Life.
The main exterior doors to the residence halls and senior apartment buildings are secured by an electronic security system monitored by Safety Services. When locked, access to these residence facilities is restricted to persons with a coded ID card. The fraternity houses and the senior house entry doors are locked and can be opened with the resident’s key. Students can play a significant role in ensuring the security of their building by locking first floor windows and doors. While the access system is effective, persons propping open doors or allowing unauthorized persons into the building can compromise building security. The Safety Services department does monitor the system for propped doors and responds when alerted. The residence life staff and Safety Services officers (and interns) provide patrols in the residence halls. Individual room doors are secured with a key issued to the residents of that room. Residents are to immediately call Safety Services if a key or ID access card is lost or stolen. Resident students who report a lost or stolen ID card will be issued a temporary card allowing access to their residence hall and the lost or stolen cards access will be immediately voided. Keys reported lost or stolen will have the cores replaced and new keys issued to the residents of the room. Safety Services also monitors the fire alarms for the residence halls. Residents are obligated to adhere to the residence life policies in the Student Handbook.
Resident students with physical restrictions should notify Safety Services of their restriction. In order to provide an even more effective response, prior notification of any pre-existing medical condition that may warrant special consideration should be made to the Safety Services department before moving into the residence hall.
The Ashland Theological Seminary does provide a limited number of apartment style housing for its resident students and families. These apartments are located on the seminary property.
Off-campus housing includes apartments, private homes and individual rooms in private homes. Ashland University does not provide supervision or security services for off-campus housing.
Ashland University Safety Services works with the Ashland University Compliance Committee, Facilities Management and Planning and Residence Life departments to provide prevention and emergency response protocol for Ashland University Each year the Residence Life office coordinates one scheduled fire alarm exercise each semester (fall and spring) while the students are on campus. Students who fail to evacuate a building during an alarm are in violation of the safety policy. Fire safety is incorporated into the residence life staff training at the beginning of each year. Training includes building occupant evacuation and extinguisher use. Residents in the College Avenue apartments do not participate in any drills. Ashland University has on staff a Life Safety Technician who maintains the security and fire systems in the residence halls and other campus buildings. The Life Safety Technician conducts two scheduled fire system safety inspections of the residence facilities each year. The responding fire department for Ashland University is the Ashland City Fire Department. When buildings are renovated, updating fire systems to current requirements are an important consideration.
Ashland University has a policy of no open flames in any of the residence facilities and smoking is not permitted in any campus building. All electrical appliances must be Underwriter Laboratory (UL) approved and in good working condition. Unapproved items such as: electric blankets, hot plates, live Christmas trees, etc. are against the residence life safety policy. Residents found to be using these items are in violation of the safety policy. Please refer to the student handbook for a more comprehensive description http://www.ashland.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Handbook-8-16-11.pdf. In the residence facilities there are emergency information placards posted in conspicuous locations and on the back of the doors to resident’s rooms. To request a replacement placard, please notify the Director of Environmental Health & Safety in the Facilities Management and Planning department. Fire statistics are maintained by the Ashland University Director of Safety Services. All campus fires are to be reported to the Ashland University Safety Services department.
Students are to assume all alarms are an actual emergency and are expected to evacuate the building thru all marked egress doors. Use of elevators is not permitted during an evacuation. Students who fail to evacuate a residence facility during a drill may be processed as a judicial referral for violating a health and safety policy. Resident students with physical restrictions should notify Safety Services of their restriction. In order to provide an even more effective response, prior notification of any pre-existing medical condition that may warrant special consideration should be made to the Safety Services department before moving into the residence hall. Ashland University Safety Services will notify the responding fire department personnel of residents with disclosed special needs. At the start of the fall semester, the Safety Services department also requests information from the Classroom Support Services department regarding resident students with special needs who may require assistance in emergency situations. Tampering with any fire alarm, or suppression system, is a safety policy violation and the responsible party (if identified) will be held accountable.
Safety Services: (419) 207-5555; on campus 911 or 5555
Environmental Health & Safety (419) 289-5496; on campus 5496
Facilities Management & Planning (419) 289-5490; on campus 5490
Residence Life (419) 289-5303; on campus 5303
Classroom Support Services (419) 289-5904; on campus 5904
Fire Department non emergency (419) 289-6511; emergency 911
For students living off-campus, Ashland University reserves the right to review and hold accountable students whose behavior has a negative impact on their neighbors and where this behavior has a negative impact on the integrity of the University. The Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designate will investigate complaints regarding off-campus incidents for possible on campus judicial action by the University. Neighbors who have been inconvenienced, annoyed or alarmed by activity from a residence where Ashland University students own or lease property can initiate an on-campus judicial proceeding by filing a complaint with the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designate.
The Safety Services department monitors the local paper for any reported criminal activity by students. The department also requests reports from the Ashland City Police for incidents involving Ashland University students that may occur off campus.
Access to Campus Facilities...
While Ashland University is a private institution, administrative and academic buildings are open to the public during normal business hours and for evening classes. The hours a facility is open to the public is dependent on academic and administrative schedules, time of the year, lab access needs and other factors.