Penn State Beaver student swipes his id+ card to enter the residence hall

Safety and Security

Comfortable and secure on-campus living environments mean more time for studying, learning, working, and playing.  Professional and live-in staff are on-hand for 24/7 coverage, ensuring the Penn State experience remains one of the best in the country.




Fire Drills
In accordance with state and local fire regulations, fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis in all residence areas. Everyone in the building during an emergency drill must vacate the building according to instructions. Rooms may be checked during the fire drill to ensure compliance. Failure to vacate the building during any fire drill will result in disciplinary action.

Fire Precautions
Students are responsible for taking precautions to prevent fires. Candles, incense, potpourri, and other flame-emitting articles are prohibited. The following are also prohibited under State Labor and Industry regulations: wood paneling and/or tiles; papering of ceilings, doors, or walls; disguising of doors or exits; and posting of papers, signs, and other combustible materials in hallways or on doors (except bulletin boards).

Multiple outlet adapters present a fire hazard and should only be used with low-wattage devices. A grounded device wattage adapter should be limited to 400 watts total. A grounded 15-amp surge-protective plug-in with built-in breaker is required, and total amperage should not exceed five amps. Residence rooms have limited circuit capacity (one 20-amp circuit for up to four rooms). Electric cords should not be hung around the room or be placed under furniture or carpeting. Repositioning outlets by the use of extension cords or splicing is prohibited.

Fire Equipment
Fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and exit signs are located on every floor in each building. The residence hall is built with sprinklers installed. Students should familiarize themselves with the location of the fire equipment on their floors. In some areas, smoke detectors are provided. Tampering with this equipment is a serious matter that could jeopardize the safety of others. Such tampering can result in severe disciplinary and/or criminal action. Federal and state laws apply.

In compliance with University policy, the use of all tobacco products, including smoking, is prohibited in all parts of the residence areas and dining facilities. This includes individual student bedrooms as well. Students must adhere to campus policies regarding the location of outside smoking areas.


Card Access System
Access to the residence hall is controlled by an electronic card access security system that is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students need to carry their Penn State id+ Cards at all times to gain access. Students will be given a unique four-digit PIN for room access. Students can get into their residence hall during the normal academic year only. To ensure the security of the building and student rooms, including students’ personal possessions, access is suspended during all breaks and over the summer. Access to the residence hall is limited to students who reside in that building, or require access for other reasons.

Access Problems
If for some reason your card doesn't work in the card reader of your building, contact a roommate, Residence Life, or University Police. Then contact Housing and Food Services during normal business hours so they can identify and fix the problem.

Lost Cards
Report a lost card immediately online or at the Housing and Food Services office during normal business hours. Your card access will be suspended to prevent someone from using the card and gaining access to the building. A new card will be issued at the current replacement value.

For the safety of all residents, outside entrance doors should remain closed at all times. If a door is propped open, an alarm will sound. To shut off the alarm, remove any props and close the door. The alarm will shut off automatically.

Student Responsibility for Security
Do your part to stay safe on campus:

  • Never let strangers into buildings or rooms.
  • Do not let people piggyback into the building.
  • Keep windows locked at all times.
  • Never tamper with exit alarms.
  • Report unauthorized persons to proper authorities.
  • Never lend id+ cards to others.
  • Never write your PIN on your id+ card.
  • Never prop open a door.
  • Meet guests/visitors at the entrance door.
  • Always know where your id+ card is.
  • Report stolen id+ cards immediately.
  • Keep room doors shut when you are not in the room—including when you're in the bathroom, across the hall visiting a friend, or in the laundry room. It only takes a few seconds for someone to realize that no one is in the room.
  • Walk in groups when traveling outside, especially at night. Students may call University Police at 412-675-9130 to request an escort at any time.
  • Travel in well-lit, heavy traffic areas.
  • Report suspicious behavior to University Police at 412-675-9130 or [email protected]
  • Know where the emergency phones are located on campus.