Residence Life & Student Housing

Residence Hall Fire Safety Standards & Regulations

Residence Life and Student Housing at Southern Methodist University works closely with Risk Management and the University Park Fire Marshal to educate residents about fire prevention. All students residing in residence halls without kitchens (Residential Commons and Upper Division House individual rooms) are expected to abide by the policies in the Fire Safety Regulations for Residence Halls. This information is also available in the residence halls during the year.

Residents of apartments with kitchens (Upper Division Houses only) are expected to abide by the Fire Safety Regulations for Residence Hall Apartments. These regulations are slightly different to allow residents the use of the apartment kitchen.

Please contact your Residential Community Director or the RLSH office if you have any questions regarding the Fire Safety Regulations.

Information for Fraternity Houses

Fire safety is important in all student housing, including Fraternity chapter houses. Residents of the Fraternity chapter houses are expected to abide by the policies in the Fire Safety Regulations for Fraternity houses.

SMU Policy on Hoverboards & Electric Scooters

Electric scooters, Hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, electronic skateboards, hands-free Segways, and similar devices will not be permitted in any residence hall at SMU. This is in accordance with SMU Policy restricting all motorized scooters in buildings. Students may not charge or use these devices in any SMU building.

For more information, see SMU policy 9-14 Electric Scooters.

Furthermore, Hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, electronic skateboards, hands-free Segways and similar devices are also prohibited within residence halls at SMU for any reason.

Fire Safety Violations - Link for Educational Options

Fire Safety Educational Options (Residence Halls & Apartments)

Article: Establishing a Relationship Between Alcohol and Casualties of Fire
Article: Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities and Barracks
Article: University Housing Fires
Article: NFPA Case Study - Nightclub Fires