The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) became law in August 2008. It requires all United States academic institutions to produce an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and all fire-related on-campus statistics specifically related to on-campus housing. The following public disclosure report details all information required by this law as it relates to Loyola University New Orleans.
General Statement of University Owned/Controlled Student Housing
The fire alarm systems in all four (4) residence halls have been upgraded within the last year to include fully addressable systems with voice evacuation capability. These systems being addressable allow each initiating point to respond individually. This feature pinpoints exactly where and what type of fire emergency the system is reporting. In addition, the voice evacuation option provides intelligible and understandable prerecorded evacuation messages to the occupants of the building including visible strobe lights. This option is a significant improvement from the horn evacuation blast that the older systems used for an evacuation signal. All the residence halls are equipped with smoke alarms that when activated report directly through the fire alarm system. Each of the main fire alarm panels also includes an override for use as a live voice microphone. These new systems are fully integrated with vital building controls to help assist in protecting and evacuating the building occupants. These features include elevator control, HVAC shut downs, unlocking of all access controlled doors, and the automatic closing of all electrically held open fire doors. These systems also monitor the buildings fire pump, sprinkler system, and kitchen hood suppression systems. All four (4) of the new fire alarm control panels have been integrated with the existing fire alarm network, allowing all events to be reported instantly to the University Police office, which will take the necessary and appropriate responsive action for that event. Fire extinguishers are located strategically throughout the residence halls and are checked monthly by physical plant staff.There are no further anticipated upgrades to the recently completed improvements until such time as major renovations to the residence halls are initiated.
All residential buildings on campus conduct two mandatory fire drills per year beginning 2013. These drills are documented by building coordinators and reports are filed by the appropriate Building Coordinator and also sent to University Police.
Education and training programs include annual training by university police. In addition to training building coordinators, university police train residential staff each year regarding what to do during a fire alarm, how to use a fire extinguisher and utilize a fire safety training video. Residential Life staff then conducts on on-going training with students who reside on campus regarding fire safety and evacuation procedures including smoking in only outside designated areas. As part of that training, each student who resides on campus is issued a "Residential Reader" that outlines specific examples of prohibited items in their rooms. These include:
Students are appraised of the Fire/Life Safety requirements, Fire Alarm Protocol and sanctions imposed through the Department for Student affairs Student Code of Conduct. Likewise, each non-student housing facility on campus is assigned a building coordinator who is mandated by university policy to conduct at least one evacuation drill per year which includes fire drills. These drills are documented by building coordinators and reports are filed by the appropriate Building Coordinator and also sent to University Police. Annual training is required and is conducted by university police.
Loyola University has a Policy and Procedure Manual - General Occupational Health and Safety Plan Safety Practices for all employees that addresses fire safety and other potential hazards. Emergency procedures are always available on Loyola's web site.