At Emory University, your safety is very important to us. Students are expected to take an active role in maintaining safety and security on campus. The University has several policies and procedures put in place to ensure that our students and staff are safe.

Emory provides all persons an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and services afforded to others. The Department of Accessibility Services (DAS), part of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, assists qualified students, faculty, and staff with obtaining a variety of services and ensures that all matters of equal access, reasonable accommodation, and compliance are properly addressed. More information can be found on the DAS website.

During the months of October and March, all residence hall rooms and apartments are inspected as part of our health and safety inspections to address any health, safety, sanitation, and/or maintenance issues. The goals of Health and Safety inspections are:

To ensure safe, clean and healthy living space

To ensure no policy violations are present

Preparing for Health and Safety Inspections

  • In preparing for health and safety inspections please ensure:
    • There should be a clear pathway to all doors
    • Trash and recyclables should have been taken out  of the room/apartment.
    • All spaces should be clean

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In most of our main campus residence halls, fan coil units are used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). These units are efficient because the heated or chilled water is produced centrally, via chiller, boiler, or heat exchanger, and is then pumped throughout the building to the individual units.

Each HVAC unit has a coil inside, with either hot or cold water running through the coil. Air is blown across the coil, heating or cooling the room efficiently. During the warmer months, condensation will occur naturally on the coil as the air in the room is passed over it, taking the moisture out of the air even as it cools the room.

When furniture, clothes, or other obstructions block the intake of the HVAC unit, air circulation cannot occur, and the unit will not function properly. Heated or chilled water is still passing through the coil, but the unit cannot circulate the air in the room. It is this circulation process that helps to take the moisture out of the air and keeps mildew at bay.

To ensure adequate air flow across the coil in your HVAC unit, you should maintain at least 6” of clearance in front of and below the unit. This will allow air to flow freely over the coil, and will help ensure that your room remains at a comfortable temperature and humidity.

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Residents should take measures to help prevent mold and mildew from accumulating in their assigned space. These include:

  • Set thermostat to 72F degrees in the cooler months or 76F in the warmer months with the fan set on auto.
  • Maintain the assigned space in a clean condition by mopping, vacuuming, or wiping hard surfaces with a household cleaner
  • Remove visible moisture or condensation on floors, walls, windows, ceilings, and other surfaces promptly. 
  • Run bathroom fan during and after showers to remove moisture from the air. 
  • Ensure all air vents in the room are not blocked
  • Immediately report to the University any evidence of water leaks or mildew-like growth

The University is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of personal property that occurs in its buildings or on its grounds. 

Students are encouraged to obtain insurance through their parent’s or guardian’s insurance company or purchase individual renter’s insurance to cover possible losses. Some homeowner's policies may also cover students while in university residential facilities. 

To help you with your research, here are links to two insurance companies that market themselves to college campuses. 

CSI Insurance Agency, Inc :: http://www.collegestudentinsurance.com
National Student Services, Inc :: http://nssi.com

Emory University does not recommend any particular company over another, nor do we endorse their services, but these two companies have developed successful reputations on college and university campuses around the country.