Residence Life Handbook

2020-21 Residence Life Handbook

Welcome to Campus Life at Indian Hills Community College. You are now a member of the Residence Hall community. Residence Hall living has many exciting facets, the most significant of which may be your personal growth and experiences. The people you meet here and the relationships you build while in the residence hall will become an important part of your life.

The guidelines in this handbook have been established to insure the rights and privileges of each member of the residence hall community. Those mutual considerations that must be made when living in a residence hall will help to promote a healthy and comfortable environment for everyone.

If you have any questions relating to this handbook or the living conditions in the halls, please feel free to discuss the situation with your Resident Assistant or Residence Hall Supervisor. If they cannot answer your questions, contact Jennifer Sabourin, the Director of Student Services, Housing, and Retention.

This handbook will serve as your guide to the services, facilities, policies, and procedures of the halls. It is important  that you read it and become familiar with its contents. Keep it in your room for future reference.

Table of Contents

Staff and Personnel 



Policies and Procedures

Non-Discrimination Policy and Disability Services

Service & Emotional Support Animal Policy

Sexual & Gender Based Misconduct Policy

Student Conduct Code

Fire & Safety Report

Emergency Evacuations


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this handbook. However, due to the dynamic nature of community colleges, it is to be understood that any item in this publication is subject to change by proper administrative procedure.

Staff and Personnel:

HOUSEKEEPING/MAINTENANCE STAFF: The residence hall common and guest bathrooms, hallways, lounges, and public areas are cleaned regularly by the housekeeping staff. They put forth a continuous effort to maintain the cleanliness of the residence hall. Your cooperation in helping keep these areas clean will be greatly appreciated. If you notice an area in need of maintenance repairs, please notify one of the residence hall staff members so they can inform the maintenance staff. Remember, it’s your residence hall.

RESIDENCE HALL STAFF: The six Residence Hall Supervisors and the 26 student Resident Assistants (RAs) comprise the residence hall staff. The Residence Hall Supervisor is responsible for the overall operation of the residence hall and is assisted by the Resident Assistants. Their roles include advising students, answering questions about college and residence hall policies, and helping students who may have academic difficulties or may be experiencing personal problems. The Resident Assistant duty schedule is posted near the Resident Assistants office located in each residence hall.

SECURITY STAFF: A security officer is on hand each night and on weekends to assist students in emergency situations, enforce laws and regulations, and provide a safe environment for you. To  reach security  on this campus call the SECURITY CELL PHONE NUMBER – 683-5300 or EXT. 5300 IF YOU ARE CALLING FROM YOUR RESIDENCE HALL PHONE.

(Area Code 641 for those calling from out of town.) 


FOOD SERVICES: Meal plans are required with each residence hall contract. Students on the Ottumwa campus may choose from 3 meal plans designed to provide a wide variety of dining options.  They are:

Dining Options

Cost per Term

Gold Plan
(Ottumwa Only)


Maroon Plan
(Ottumwa Only)


Warrior Plan
(Ottumwa Only)


Warrior Bucks**
(Ottumwa Only)


Falcon Plan
(Centerville Only)


**Warrior Bucks (meal plan reduction) available to those enrolled in a clinical, internship, or preceptor. Contact the Housing Office for details.

Meals are provided by a meals per week system, meals per week run Monday-Sunday. Meals do not carry over each week and remaining meals are forfeited at the end of each term. Residents are required to pay a minimum of $1,200 towards their balance due, by each mid-term date. Residents who negelct to pay the minimum amoutn will be sudject to a suspensionof their meal plan. Meal plans will be reinstated once the $1,200 minimum is paid.

Meal plan locations and serving hours are:

IHCC DINER - Ottumwa Campus, Main


Monday through Thursday

6:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Monday through Thursday

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Friday through Sunday

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Monday through Thursday

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Friday through Sunday

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

AIRPORT CAFÉ - North Campus


Monday through Thursday

6:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Monday through Thursday

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday,  6:15 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

Warrior Junction - Ottumwa Campus, Main


Monday through Thursday

6:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Monday through Thursday

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday,  6:15 a.m. 2:30 p.m.



Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday,  7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.


CENTERVILLE STUDENT UNION (The Barn) - Centerville Campus


Monday through Thursday

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Monday through Thursday

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Monday through Thursday

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A meal plan change can be made within 8 days of the beginning of each term and must be made in writing with the Housing Office. No changes will be accepted beyond the following dates for each term:
Current student IDs must be presented at each meal. Students will be expected to pay for their meals if they do not show their ID card. Contact the Housing Office in case of a lost or stolen ID card. New ID cards are available at the Learning Resource Center at a cost of $10.00 per ID card.

Term                          Meal Plan Change Deadline

Fall 2018                   September 10, 2018

Winter 2018             November 29, 2018

Spring 2019             March 5, 2019

Summer 2019         June 10, 2019

A resident leaving the residence halls with in the first 8 days of the term will have the remainder of their meal monies pro-rated and refunded to their student account, if they so choose.

For additional information on dining at IHCC to change meal plan, or to add a plan, contacted Housing Office in Trustee Hall either in person or by phone at 1-800-726-2585, ext. 5152.

LOST AND FOUND: A lost and found service is maintained by the Residence Supervisor. We request that you turn in all found articles and notify the Housing office of any articles you may have lost.

MAIL: All residents receive an individual mailbox with a key lock. Mail will be distributed to your box Monday through Thursday and you will be informed about the arrival of packages by a note in your box. You may obtain the package by contacting the RA on duty. Please have your  mail  addressed to you in the following manner:


Appanoose Hall
Your Name
Appanoose Hall Room #
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Keokuk/Mahaska Hall
Your Name
Keokuk/Mahaska Hall Room #
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Trustee Hall
Your Name
Trustee Hall Room #
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Wapello Hall
Your Name
Wapello Hall Room #
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Oak Hall
Your Name
Oak Hall Room #
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Centerville Campus
Your Name
IHCC Residence Hall Room #
721 N. 1st Street
Centerville, IA 52544

A lost mailbox key will result in a $20 replacement fee.

Upon leaving the residence halls you will be requested to leave a forwarding address with the Student Services office. Only first-class mail can be forwarded. Mail will be forwarded for one term only following a resident’s departure.


LAUNDRY:  Washer and dryers are provided in each residence hall.

The machines are easy to operate and may be used at your convenience between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. If a machine fails to operate, place an out of order sign on it and notify the Residence Hall Staff. It will be repaired as soon as possible.

Please remove your clothes from the washers and dryers as soon as they are finished. No dyes are to be used in the machines. The college is not responsible for unclaimed laundry.

LOUNGES: The residence hall lounges have been furnished as common areas for all resident students. This furniture may not be removed. If a resident is found with lounge furniture in their room they will be charged

$50.00 plus $20.00 a day until the furniture is returned to the lounge.

PARKING: Residence Hall students will have designated parking lots. This arrangement is necessary to avoid parking congestion and help with snow removal in the winter. Parking permits are required and must be purchased at the IHCC Bookstore. Wapello Hall residents must purchase a red parking sticker and park on the Grandview side of the residence hall.

Residence Hall residents MUST park in the assigned lots.

Vehicles parked in “no parking” areas or in lots other than designated residence hall lots will be towed at owner’s expense.+

STUDENT ROOMS: Your room is your home at IHCC. You are encouraged to make use of it, decorate it, and furnish it within the limits  of college policies/regulations. You are responsible for keeping your own room clean. Fines may be assessed. The college furnishes each resident with an extra-long twin bed and mattress, chair, mirror, bulletin board, and wardrobe. Apartment-style rooms are additionally provided with a small dinette set, loveseat, chairs, and refrigerator(s). These items are not to be removed from the residence hall rooms and, in addition, may not be taken apart. Lofts are not allowed, except where provided by the college. We request that furnishings attached to the structure of the building also not be removed. It is costly and difficult to reattach them and will only constitute an additional expense for you. Desks may not be stacked or flipped on end and bed frames may not be flipped or turned on the side.

WINDOWS: We ask your cooperation in keeping the residence hall windows in peak condition. Do not remove the window screens for any reason. Removal of screens and/or climbing in and out of your window will result in fines. When you leave your room please close and lock your windows. You should never leave your windows open when you are out of the room for classes or overnight.

MICROWAVES AND REFRIGERATORS: Compact refrigerators are allowed in Oak, Trustee, and Centerville Halls and microwaves are allowed in all residences. (Refrigerators are provided by the college in the apartment-style rooms.) For safety reasons, grounded surge protectors should be used and the units should be well ventilated, not placed in a closet or confined space. Only portable refrigerators up to 4.5 cu. ft. will be approved. A sign must be posted on your room door at all times indicating “Microwave in Use” if there is a microwave in your room. Signs are available from the residence hall staff. The college reserves the right to ensure compliance with safety and sanitation standards.

SMALL APPLIANCES: Hotplates or small appliances with an exposed heating element are not allowed. Hot pots and coffee pots are allowed; however, they should not be left plugged in when no one is in the room.

SPACE HEATERS: Space heaters are allowed when necessary. Only electric heaters are allowed and must be UL approved and plugged into a power strip. They should not be left running when no one is in the room. If staff members find one left on and unattended, it will be confiscated.

DOORS: Students may mount message boards on the wall outside their room with double stick tape. Pictures and other papers should not be mounted on the outside of the room due to fire codes. Do not write on the doors themselves or a damage assessment will be incurred by the room resident(s).

RESIDENCE HALL KEYS: A room key, mailbox key, and security key will be issued to you when you check in. Please make it a habit to carry your key with you at all times. If you should lose your key, report it immediately and a new key will be made for you. However, you will be assessed a $20.00 fee for each key replacement. An assessment of $45.00 for a room key, $20.00 for a mailbox key, and/or $20.00 for an exterior door key will be applied if key(s) are not turned in upon check out of your room.

TELEPHONES: There is a telephone located in every residence hall on each floor.  The telephones are not located in the residence hall rooms.

TELEVISION: Cable television is provided at no extra cost in all IHCC Residence Halls. It is recommended you bring a small portable television set in order to have space. Some televisions may require a cable box, the housing office will check these out to students at no cost. If a cable box is not returned it is a $100 fee. If any of the original parts are not returned it will be $20 for each missing piece.

AIR CONDITIONING: Central air conditioning is included with each room at no extra charge. As each person’s degree of comfort is different, fans are allowed in the Residence Hall. The central air conditioning is turned on and off as the weather dictates. Windows need to remain closed when the air conditioner is running or may be subject to a fine.

INTERNET ACCESS: Wireless internet access is available in all Residence Halls at no extra cost. Residents must bring their own computer systems as they are not provided by the college.

VENDING MACHINES: Bottled pop is located in some of the lounges. If  a machine fails to operate properly, notify the staff person on duty.


Policies and Procedures:                                                

ACCIDENT AND ILLNESS: In case of an accident or illness, the Residence Hall Supervisor should be notified and an accident form should be completed.

Local Physicians are listed in the Yellow Pages of the phone book. The telephone number of the local hospital is:

Ottumwa Regional Health Center
1001 E Pennsylvania Ave.
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: (641) 682-7511 

Please notify the Residence Hall Supervisor of your destination if you are leaving campus for an extended period of time so that you can be reached in case of an emergency.

VIOLATIONS: Failure to abide by the rules set forth in this handbook will result in disciplinary action by the Residence Hall Supervisor, the Residents Assistants, the Director of Student Life, or the Executive Dean of Student Services. The degree of violation, as well as the extent to which infractions also violate civil and criminal law, will determine the degree of disciplinary action. This may range from fines to immediate suspension from both the resident halls and/or the college. Any resident asked to leave the residence halls forfeits visiting privileges in all of the residence halls for the remainder of the term. Visiting privileges may be restored pending a visit with the Director of Housing.

WARNINGS: You will receive only one warning before being fined, except during Quiet Hours (10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.), when there is an automatic fine (no warning).

FINES: Failure to abide by the rules of the residence halls will result in minimum fines of $20.00. Excessive violations of the rules will result in disciplinary action by the Residence Hall Supervisor, the Director of Student Life, or the Executive Dean of Athletics & Student Development.

Unless the person causing damage is specifically named, the amount of damages found in your room will be split between you and your roommate(s) and will be billed to each resident in the room. Upon final checkout, damage expense in excess of the $325 security deposit will be assessed to your bill. *All residents starting after Fall 2018, please refer to your housing contract for deposit information. Damages occurring in the lounges and common areas or furniture and equipment missing from those areas will be charged to all residents of the hall where the lounge is located. Damages occurring on a specific wing or floor will be assessed to residents of that wing or floor if the person(s) responsible cannot be identified.

DAMAGES: You and your roommates jointly share the responsibility for the condition of your room and its furnishings. Please be as careful as possible so that unnecessary damage charges may be avoided.

Please report damages or needed repairs to the residence hall staff. These maintenance requests will be acted upon as soon as possible.

The use of nails, tape, tacks, glue, and other adhesives is not permitted due to the damage they cause to surfaces. Please use only PlastiTak in attaching posters, etc. to walls. You are responsible for removing the PlastiTak from all surfaces before you check out.

Unless the person causing damage is specifically named, the amount of damages found in your room will be split between you and your roommate(s) and will be billed to each resident in the room. Upon final checkout, damage expense in excess of the $175 security deposit will be assessed to your bill. *All residents starting after Fall 2018, please refer to your housing contract for prepayment information. Damages occurring in the lounges and common areas or furniture and equipment missing from those areas will be charged to all residents of the hall where the lounge is located. Damages occurring on a specific wing or floor will be assessed to residents of that wing or floor if the person(s) responsible cannot be identified.

Residents are required to keep the window screen locked securely in place at all times. Windows should be locked whenever students leave their rooms for a night, a weekend, or a vacation. Occupants are responsible for the total cost of replacing screens if they are damaged. Residents will be fined whenever a screen is removed from a window. All residents within the room are responsible for open windows or damaged windows.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES: When you are preparing to check out of the residence hall you should:

  • schedule a time with an RA (at least) 24 hours prior to the time you wish to check out, if
  • pack your belongings and move them
  • clean your room, including dusting, vacuuming/mopping, arranging furniture, making sure all drawers and closets are empty, and cleaning sinks,
  • close all blinds and close and lock all
  • sign paperwork and turn in keys with RA. Failure to turn in keys results in key assessment(s).
  • Failure to remove belongings and check out properly in a timely manner will result in an Improper Check-out fee of $50.00
  • Assessments may be added during and after the Check-out process if determined necessary by the Residence Hall Staff and/or Housing office

STUDENT BELONGINGS: When a resident leaves the residence halls they are expected to remove all of their belongings at check-out. Any arrangements made for storage of a student’s belongings will be made between the Housing Office and the student, but will not exceed 30 days. The college is not responsible for loss or damage to items stored.

ROOM AND BOARD PAYMENT: Deposits shall be refunded to students in the term following their departure from the Residence Hall. Deposits will first be applies to any outstanding account balances and the difference will be refunded to the student. Students leaving prior to the end of the contracted year outside of the allotted circumstances will forfeit the deposit. Contact the Housing office for refund dates or changes in address.

ROOM AND BOARD REFUND POLICIES: Deposits shall be refunded to students in the term following their departure from the residence hall if the housing contract has been fulfilled and if a balance is not due to the college. Contact the Housing office for refund dates or changes in address.

ROOM DEPOSIT FORFEIT: Deposits shall be refunded to students in the term following their departure from the residence hall. Deposits will first be applied to any outstanding account balances and the difference will be refunded to the student. Students leaving prior to the end of the contracted year outside of the allotted circumstances will forfeit the deposit and a Violation of Housing Agreement cost will be applied to the student account. Contact the Housing office for refund dates or changes in address.

ROOM DEPOSIT REFUNDS: Deposits shall be refunded to students in the term following their departure from the residences, please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Contact the Housing office for refund dates or changes in address. *All residents starting after Fall 2018, please refer to your housing contract for prepayment information. 

ROOM AND BOARD REFUND POLICIES: Room and board fees will be pro-rated and refunded to the day of departure if the student leaves the residence hall during the first 8 class days of the term. Residents who leave the residence halls on the ninth class day and beyond are entitled to no refund.

VISITING HOURS AND GUESTS: Residents may entertain friends in their rooms during visiting hours of the week in compliance with visiting hours. Those hours are between 10 a.m. and 12 Midnight. Only resident students and registered guests are permitted in the residence hall after 12 Midnight. All other visitors must leave at that time. Roommates must be in agreeance of guests and respect each other's spaces and belongings.

Permission to have guests in the residence hall between 12 midnight and 10:00 a.m. must be obtained from the Residence Hall Supervisor. The consent of the roommate(s) is also required. If the guest is to use the bed of another student, permission from this student must be obtained and presented to the Residence Hall Supervisor in advance. A resident may host only one guest at a time for a limit of three consecutive nights per term. Longer stays must be approved by the Residence Hall Supervisor and the guest will be charged $20.00 per night. A resident must obtain permission from the Residence Hall Supervisor if they wish to house more than one overnight guest.

Guests are expected to observe the same college and residence hall policies as the residents. Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests. Therefore, the fines/damages of the guests  will  be assessed to you, the residence hall resident.

Residents will be assessed $20.00 each unregistered guest per  night. 

HOUSING: Student must be enrolled in approved IHCC programs in order to live in the Residence Hall and carry a minimum of 8 credit hours and be a student in good standing. Those students not meeting the minimum criteria must meet with the Director of Student Life to determine continued residency.

PETS: Pets and other animals are not permitted in the residence hall. They present sanitation, as well as other problems. Fish in small aquariums are permitted. Please see the Housing Office if you have a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal.

QUIET HOURS: Certain times during the day and evening have been set aside as “Quiet Hours” to allow for study, sleep, etc. Residents are expected to keep noise to an absolute minimum during these times. The schedule for Quiet Hours is l0:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. The enforcement of Quiet Hours is the responsibility of each resident. If the activities of other residents annoy you, inform them of the problem and request that they moderate their activities. If that does not result in a satisfactory solution, the residence hall staff should be notified so they can be of assistance.

EXCESSIVE NOISE IS PROHIBITED AT ALL TIMES: Musical instruments should not be played in rooms. Doors should be closed if stereos, radios, or television sets are in use. The volume should be low enough so as not to interfere with the study or sleep of other residents. If a student does not adhere to this policy, he or she may be asked to remove the device from the room or campus. The residence hall staff may also confiscate the device until the student can take the device off campus.

PERSONAL HYGIENE: Students need to maintain a proper level of personal hygiene. Resident’s personal hygiene and room must be kept at an appropriate level at all times. Staff members make periodic inspections of rooms to insure sanitary conditions. In order to avoid unnecessary pest problems, students are required to tend to all personal trash in a timely manner. All personal trash is to be taken to the appropriate designated disposal site. Trash and left over food must not be left in the rooms, hallways, bathrooms, or lobbies. Bed should be made; clothes stored; lavatory, mirror, and faucet cleaned; floor and the rest of room neat. Failure to comply with cleanliness standards may result in disciplinary action. Residents are prohibited from acts of misconduct that endanger the health, hygiene, or safety of other residents or students. This includes proper disposal of bodily fluids (i.e. spit, urine, vomit, feces, etc.).

 RESIDENCE HALL SECURITY: For security purposes, all exterior doors to the residence halls are locked, with the exception of Trustee Hall. Trustee Hall open door hours are during normal business hours. Your key also serves as your entry key to a designated outside in your hall. Doors should not be propped open and should be shut completely. There will be a $50.00 fine if a resident is found propping doors.

USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS: Indian Hills Community College is committed to providing a tobacco-free environment for our staff, students, constituents, and visitors to our campuses. Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette use is prohibited on college property, including in its buildings, college owned vehicles, outdoor areas, or any vehicle located on college grounds. This policy is consistent with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.

INCENSE:  The burning of incense is prohibited in all IHCC halls.

CANDLES:  Candles are not allowed. The residence hall staff will confiscate candles that have been burned if found in the room.

CANDLE WARMERS: The use of candle warmers are allowed in halls. Fines may be assessed if left on while room is unattended. Student will be responsible for cost of wax damage.

ROOM CHANGES: While we hope all new roommates will eventually become good friends, we realize this doesn't always happen. If, after trying to work out differences, you and your roommate still find that you don't like living together, you have the option of putting your name on a waiting list for the Residence Hall you’re interested in and wait for a space to become available. You must retain your original room and roommate assignment during the first two weeks of each term. Residents may request if the student's balance is paid in full. There is a $25 change fee to be collected at the time of request by the housing office. At the end of the initial two weeks and during the remainder of the term students desiring room or roommate changes or hall changes should consult the Housing Office located in Trustee Hall or the Administration Building on the Centerville Campus. The college reserves the right to make all final decisions concerning room assignments.

ROOM CONSOLIDATION: Multiple occupancy rooms are to be occupied at full capacity. In the case where one of the registered occupants vacates the room, the remaining resident(s) agrees to accept an assigned roommate of move to another room. This consolidation agreement is a part of the housing contract.

SOLICITING: Door to door soliciting is prohibited in the halls, except with permission of the Residence Hall Supervisor. This policy is enforced to protect you by preventing the presence of unreliable and illegal peddlers. Please report any solicitors to the Residence Hall Supervisor immediately.

RESIDENCE HALL CLOSINGS: Housing at Indian Hills is available year round. Only residents who's balances are paid in full and make arrangements with the housing office two weeks prior to official college breaks will be allowed to stay during that time. Additional charges will apply for staying during official college breaks. Residents, who do not stay during breaks, may leave their belongings in their residence hall room during breaks; however, the college is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

THEFT: Although most lost property is returned, we strongly recommend that you keep your room locked when it is unoccupied. We also discourage the keeping of large sums of money or valuables in your room. IHCC is not responsible for personal property which has been lost, stolen, or damaged. If a theft occurs, report it to the residence hall staff immediately.

VIOLENCE/THREATS OF VIOLENCE: Acts of violence, threats, or threatening behavior against employees, students, visitors, guests or other individuals by anyone on college property will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, harassment, assault, battery, stalking, or conduct that causes a person to believe that he or she is under a threat of death or serious bodily injury. All threats of violence will be viewed with the assumption that they will be carried out and will be dealt with appropriately. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action which may include dismissal, arrest, and/or prosecution. Immediate  threats should be reported to Security and your Residence Hall Supervisor.

WEAPONS: The possession of weapons, concealed or otherwise, on college property or at any college sponsored activity is prohibited, except when required for an approved college course. “Weapons” are defined as any instrument or weapon that is specifically designed, made, or adopted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death, including, but not limited to clubs, firearms, handguns, BB guns, paintball guns, airsoft guns, knives, explosives (e.g. fireworks), crossbows, bows and arrows, throwing stars, teazers, and knuckles. This includes object that simulate or replicate weapons. Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials are exempt.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICIES: Indian Hills prohibits the possession or use of illegal drugs and alcohol on or around its property at any time, except for those areas licensed under the laws of the state of Iowa. Areas where the use is prohibited include: residence halls, student campus activities, classrooms, school parking lots, roadways, leisure activity areas, and all offices or work areas considered college property.

Any violation of this policy will result in prosecution under Iowa  law  when applicable, as well as disciplinary action by the college deemed appropriate within the policies of conduct prescribed  and approved by the Board of Trustees. 

This policy addresses alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the rules regarding possession, consumption and distribution of intoxicants within university owned or operated buildings, property and grounds including administrative, instructional and research facilities; the policy applies to all university employees, students and visitors. This policy supplements Iowa Administrative Code Section 68113.17(2). In all instances this policy will be construed to comply with federal and state law.

A.  Jurisdiction of the Student Conduct Code

The Student Conduct Code will apply to conduct that occurs on college premises, at college-sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct, including, but not limited to, activities on college partners’ premises, that adversely affects the college community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student will be responsible for their conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Conduct Code applies to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.

B.  Conduct—Rules and Regulations

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following offenses is subject to the full range of disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV in the Student Code of Conduct including but not limited to monetary fines, warning, counseling, probation, suspension, or expulsion:

  1. Manufacturing, selling, distribution, use, or possession of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law or possession of a device (drug paraphernalia) used to ingest or inhale an illegal drug or narcotic
  2. Manufacturing, selling, distribution, use, or possession of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by college regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under twenty one (21) years of age.

For additional information regarding the definition of above mention disciplinary sanctions and specific processes as outlined in Article IV in the Student Code of Conduct please reference pages 47-53 in this handbook.

No empty alcohol containers are allowed in the residence halls!

Intervention: Indian Hills Community College has several options available for students and staff members who need to address alcohol and other drug abuse issues. The college works with local community health organizations to provide counseling for students and staff members. In addition, the college has an Employee Assistance Program for all employees with a 24/7 helpline that can be utilized as the employee desires. Any  residence hall resident found in violation of the campus alcohol policy is required to complete the online version of MyStudentBody educational course programming which was purchased for the intent of all students and staff to complete and gain knowledge of alcohol, drug, and sexual violence awareness. Additional resources for alcohol and  drug  abuse are listed in the IHCC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

Education and Awareness: Indian Hills provides quality educational programs for its students and staff on the subjects of drugs, alcohol, and sexual violence. Guest lectures, video presentations, and seminars are held to provide information to our college community about such areas as peer pressure resistance, health concerns, rehabilitation, and awareness. When applicable, instructors provide educational information concerning drugs and alcohol within the academic environment. These areas may include: health, physical education, human service, and the behavioral science offerings. Indian Hills Community College recognizes that use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse may lead to severe health risks.

COMMITMENT TO A DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT: Indian Hills Community College is committed to providing a drug free environment for all students. In support of this effort, the college holds membership and affiliation with these organizations:

Iowa Safety Council, Will Rogers Institute, Presidentand rsquo;s Drug and Alcohol Free Colleges, and the Department of Education’s Drug Free Schools and Campuses (The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 – Public Law 101-226).

Non-Discrimination Policy: It is the policy of Indian Hills Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age (employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C §§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). 

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Alix McPherson, Associate Dean, Student Development, 525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, IA 52501, (641) 683-5155, (students, faculty and staff); Noel Gorden, Executive Dean, Centerville Campus and Learning Services, 683-5174, (students with disabilities); U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number (312) 730-1560, fax (312) 730- 1576.

Read the full policy here


Please provide the Housing Office with medical documentation and notice of any accessibility needs. 

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations or special services should contact the IHCC SUCCESS Center for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters, and/or specialized equipment.

Students enrolling in credit programs who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be  provided.   (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability). All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.

Students enrolling in credit programs should make their requests for accommodations at the time they are applying for admission and preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact the Ottumwa SUCCESS Center by calling (800) 726-2585, ext 5238. Centerville students should contact the SUCCESS Center at (800) 670-3641, ext. 2232. All students may also contact the Associate Dean of Student/Academic Services, (800) 726-2585, ext. 5218.

A Disability Services Handbook is available by contacting the Disability Services offices.

Disability Services, Ottumwa
Location: Pothoven Academic Success Center, Efner Hall
Phone:  (800)726-2585, ext.5749

Service & Emotional Support Animal Policy:

In general animals are not allowed in any buildings on campus. However, Indian Hills Community College is committed to ensuring that all its students have equal access to educational programs and facilities.


A service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Miniature horses may be considered service animals in some cases. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.

The student with a disability who requires a service animal in the residence halls or other campus buildings is responsible for formally registering the Service Animal with the Office of Student Disability Services prior to bringing the animal to campus. The student should complete a Service Animal Registration form which will be kept on file in the Office of Student Disability Services.

Please note that registrations for Service Animals do not require  documentation of disability. However, there are questions on the Service Animal Registration form which need to be completed.

Upon receipt of the registration form, the student will be contacted to meet with the Office of Student Disability Services and Housing Office to review the owner’s responsibilities and guidelines for having a Service Animal in the residence halls and on campus. After this meeting has taken place, Residence Hall Staff will be notified as appropriate. The student’s roommate(s) will be notified (if applicable) and an acknowledgment of their acceptance will be requested. Residential Hall Staff will notify residents of the room where the approved animal will be residing. Campus Security will also be notified. Students are responsible for informing their faculty that they will be bringing a Service Animal to class prior to the first day of this taking place.

Service animals are generally allowed on campus anywhere it is safe for them to be. After consultation with the student, the College may determine if there are any parameters necessary regarding where a service animal is allowed on campus. Consideration will be given to other persons with disabilities, safety, and other factors.

Students with medical conditions that are affected by animals are asked to contact the Office of Student Disability Services if they have a health  or safety concern about exposure to an animal. The College will make arrangements to accommodate individuals with such medical conditions.


Emotional Support Animal:

An Emotional Support Animal is defined as an animal that is necessary for the individual to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. There must be a relationship, or nexus, between the individual’s disability and the assistance the animal provides.

Emotional Support animals are prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional. Emotional Support animals are an integral part of a person’s treatment process to assist in alleviating the symptoms of an individual’s disability.

Emotional Support Animals are not Service Animals and do not accompany an individual at all times. Therefore,Emotional Support Animals are only permitted in the individual’s assigned residential room and outdoor spaces, if appropriate, under the proper handling. These animals are not permitted in other campus buildings. When the animal is transported outside the private residence area it must be in an animal carrier, on a leash or harness, and controlled at all times.

To place a request for a Emotional Animal a student must do the following:

  1. Register with the Office of Student Disability Services which includes submitting a completed Disability Needs Assessment Questionnaire and providing documentation of the disability and need for an Emptional Support Animal.
  1. The student must also submit a Petition to the Committee on Accommodative Documentation guidelines are listed on the Disability Needs Assessment Questionnaire. Generally documentation for an individual who is requesting a Therapy animal should be dated within the last six months and include:
  • Verification of a disability from a physician, or mental health professional.
  • Information on how the animal serves as an accommodation and how it relates to the ability of the student to use and enjoy the living arrangements provided through College

The Petition to the Committee on Accommodative Housing will be reviewed by the Accommodative Housing Committee and the student will be notified by the Committee of approval. Should approval be granted, the student will meet with the offices of Residential Education and Living and Student Disability Services to review the owner’s responsibilities and guidelines for having an Emotional Support Animal on campus. The student will also need to complete a Service & Emotional Support Animal Approval Form which will be kept on file in the Office of Student Disability Services, The Housing Office, and Campus Security.

An Emotional Support Animal should not be brought to campus until approval has been granted and the meeting with the offices of Housing, and Student Disability Services has taken place.

Please note that the student must petition the Committee on Accommodative Housing each academic year.

Upon approval of an Emotional Support Animal, Residential Hall Staff  will be notified (if applicable) and an acknowledgment of their acceptance will be requested. Residential Hall Staff will notify residents of the room where the approved animal will be residing.

Students with medical conditions that are affected by animals are asked to contact the Office of Student Disability Services if they have a health  or safety concern about exposure to an animal. The College will make arrangements to accommodate individuals with such medical conditions.


The College has the right to remove an animal if:

  • It poses a direct threat to the health or safety of the owner or others.
  • The owner does not comply with the owner’s responsibilities outlined in the guidelines for having a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal on campus.
  • The animal causes uncontrollable distrubances.


  • They are to allow Service Animals to accompany its owner at all times and in all places on campus, unless predetermined exclusions have been made by the College.
  • They are not to ask for details about the owner’s disability, or need for the Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal.  This is confidential and considered a private matter.
  • A Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal is not to be touched or pet unless the owner has given their permission.
  • A Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal is not to be fed by anyone other than its owner.
  • The animal is not to be deliberately frightened, startled or intentionally separated from its owner.

Residents cannot leave their Service or Emotional Support Animal in their residence unattended for more than 4 hours at a time if the animal needs to be relieved outside or 12 hours if the animal is self-contained. The Resident is responsible for the Service or Emotional Support Animal at all times, it is not the responsibility of roommates, friends, family, or college staff to take care of the animal. Service or Emotional Support Animals cannot be left unattended in the residence hall over weekends or during closed college breaks.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: At Indian Hills Community College, having a safe campus is a cooperative effort of students, staff, faculty, visitors and professionals. Indian Hills’ security is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and spearheads the effort to maintain a safe and secure environment. Security works closely with the Ottumwa Police Department to accomplish this mission and with the Ottumwa Fire Department regarding fire protection and safety. The college strives to maintain an open, secure campus that all can enjoy and benefit from. Security personnel assist with problems of any type and can be contacted at (641) 683-5300. Persons can also call the Ottumwa Police Department at (641) 683-0661 or, in the event of an emergency or fire, 911.


Sexual & Gender Based Misconduct Policy:                     

Statement of Purpose and Values

Indian Hills Community College is dedicated to providing a learning, living, and working environment that is free from sexual assault and discrimination. We are committed to ensuring a safe campus climate for all of our students and the entire College community. We promote fundamental rights, advance individual and institutional integrity, and uphold the vital aims of Title IX.

 Indian Hills Community College prohibits sexual and gender-based misconduct in any form, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, intimate partner violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and retaliation, all as defined in Section VIIof This Policy. The College will respond to reports of sexual and gender-based misconduct in accordance with This Policy.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Subsequent guidance from the Office for Civil Rights clarified that educational institutions should regard sexual harassment, including all forms of sexual violence, as a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Educational institutions, including Indian Hills, have trained Title IX Coordinators, adopted Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policies, and expanded prevention and education efforts on campus.


Read the full policy here


MISSING PERSONS POLICIES: In the event that a residence hall resident has been reported missing, the following steps and procedures will be followed:

  • All available avenues of attempt will be made to locate the resident in questions. Make immediate contact to Campus Security at (641) 683-5300.
  • Campus Security, Executive Dean of Student Services, and the Director of Housing will be immediately notified in the event a student is determined
    (Indian Hills administrators will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency immediately.)
  • Campus security will notify the student’s designated emergency contact if the student is determined missing.
  • Campus Security is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian of a student under the age of 18, who is not emancipated, no later than 24 hours after the student, is determined missing.
  • Campus Security will immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency if a student who has been determined missing for more than 24 hours but did not designate an emergency contact or is an emancipated individual under the age of 18.

All residence hall residents were to provide an emergency contact number at the time of application. If none was made at that time or if a resident wishes to change their emergency contact information, please contact the Housing office. All change requests are kept confidential.

  • All Indian Hills residence hall residents provided the Housing office with an emergency contact number on their residence hall 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE POLICY: Indian Hills Community College guarantees its students the right of privacy on its campus. However, the college reserves the right to enter rooms without advance notice for the following purposes:

  1. To make maintenance repairs.
  2. To conduct a safety inspection. A safety inspection may not be conducted for disciplinary purposes.
  3. When there is reasonable cause to believe a danger to life, health, safety, or property exists.
  4. When there is reasonable suspicion residence hall rules are being violated.

All residents should note when police conduct a search they have to meet the probable cause standard. However, school officials are held to a lower standard: reasonable suspicion. Two considerations are relevant in determining the reasonableness of a search. First, the search must be justified initially by reasonable suspicion. Second, the scope and conduct of the search must be reasonably related to the circumstances that give rise to the search, and school officials must take into account the student’s age, sex, and the nature of the offense.

Student Conduct Code:                                 


Indian Hills Community College is an academic community built on the principles of mutual respect, integrity, and honesty. The college strives to provide a community wherein individuals have the right to express their opinions and ideas, to assemble peacefully, and to associate freely in a manner that does not interfere with the rights of others and is in the confines of intellectual honesty. In order to thrive as an educational institution, the college has adopted this Student Conduct Code ("Student Code") to promote and preserve its educational mission for the benefit of all who are invited to be a part of the community.


It is in the best interest of the college and all those who are students or who may desire to become students at the college that the disciplinary procedure be defined. This document prescribes procedures to be followed in disciplinary cases in order that cases may be handled in a timely manner while serving the interests of the college community and safeguarding the rights of all students. Administrative responsibility for the establishment and enforcement of policies governing non-academic student conduct and disciplinary action has been delegated by the Indian Hills Community College President to the Executive Dean of Student Services. The Executive Dean has, in turn, delegated considerable authority for the establishment of rules and handling of violations to the Student Discipline Administrator and the Director of Housing and other bodies as designated in this policy.
Read the full policy here.

GRIEVANCE & APPEALS PROCEDURES: A student may appeal the decision of the Student Conduct Administrator within three (3) days to the Student Conduct Board. The Student Conduct Board will conduct a hearing:

a.  To determine whether the decision of the Student Conduct Administrator was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless significant prejudice results.

b.  To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Conduct Code which the student was found to have committed.

c.  To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original decision, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing the time of the original meeting.

The Student Conduct Board will return its final decision to the Executive Dean of Student Services within two (2) days of the hearing. The Executive Dean of Student Services will then inform the student of the Board’s decision. The College President, or the President’s designee, shall have the right to affirm the decision, to reduce the dismissal to a suspension, to reduce the length of the suspension or to dismiss the proceedings altogether. All parties involved may be represented at all stages of the proceedings by an attorney. A copy of this policy in its entirety is available from the Student Conduct Administrator.


Information systems are provided for the use of Indian Hills Community College students, faculty, and staff in support of the programs of the college. Access to the information systems is a privilege that is granted by the college. This privilege comes with a responsibility to respect the rights of other users and the rights of the college. This policy is designed to guide students, faculty, and staff in the acceptable use of computer and information systems and networks provided by IHCC. Ethical and legal standards that apply to information technology resources derive directly from standards of common sense and common courtesy that apply to the use of any shared resource. The purpose of these guidelines is to specify user responsibilities and to promote the ethical, legal, and secure use of information systems resources for the protection of all members of the IHCC community. The college extends membership in this community to its students with the stipulation that they be good citizens, and that they contribute to creating and maintaining an open community of responsible users.

Agreement to Comply with Policy: All users of IHCC’s information systems agree to comply with the policies stated, as well as any additional guidelines established by the college for each individual information system. By use of the college information systems, users agree to comply with these and any other college policies.

Purpose of College Information Systems Resources: Indian Hills Community College information systems exist to provide a variety of services to the college community in support of instructional, research, and college business. The guidelines are intended to improve the information system services offered and provide these services in a cost-effective manner.

Academic Freedom: Consistent with other college policies, this policy is intended to respect the rights and obligations of academic freedom. As with all college resources, the IHCC community is encouraged to make innovative and creative use of information technologies in support of education and college services. Access to information representing a multitude of views on all issues should be allowed for the interest, information and enlightenment of the IHCC community.

Copyright and Non-Discrimination: The college policy recognizes that the purpose of copyright is to protect the rights of creators of intellectual property and to prevent the unauthorized use or sale of works available in the private sector. Also consistent with other college policies, an individual’s right of access to computer materials should not be denied or abridged because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Cautionary Statement: The college cannot protect individuals against the existence or receipt of material that may be offensive to them. Those who make use of electronic communications are warned that they may come across or be recipients of material they find offensive. Those who use e-mail and/or make information about themselves available on the Internet should be forewarned that the college cannot protect them from invasions of privacy and other possible dangers that could result from the individual’s distribution of personal information.

Consideration for Others: The information system, computing and network facilities of the college are limited and should be used wisely and carefully with consideration for the needs of others and the public nature of the college. Computers and network systems offer powerful tools for communications among members of the community and of communities outside the college. When used appropriately, these tools can enhance dialog and communications. When used inappropriately, however, these tools can infringe on the beliefs or rights of others, or the public purpose for which they were created.

Responsibilities of Users of IHCC Information Systems: The following examples, though not covering every situation, specify some of the responsibilities that accompany computer use at IHCC and/or on networks to which IHCC is connected. Use of IHCC’s information systems implies consent with these policies.

  1. Access to information systems resources shall be authorized at a level to perform the educational or job function required by an individual.
  2. IHCC computing and network resources are to be used for college related communication, instruction, services, enrichment, dissemination of academic information, and administrative activities.
  3. College computing facilities are a public resource and may not be used for personal profit. IHCC prohibits the use of college information systems to solicit or proselytize others for commercial ventures, religion or political causes, outside organizations or other non-work related concerns.
  1. Users are expected to respect the rights of other users; for example, users shall not engage in private or public behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for other users. Users shall not intentionally develop or use programs that harass other users, infiltrate a computer or system and/or damage or alter the hardware or software components of a computer or system.
  2. Users may not encroach on others’ use of information systems Such activities would include typing up computer resources for game playing or other trivial applications; sending frivolous or excessive messages, including chain letters, junk mail or unsolicited advertising, or other types of broadcast messages, locally or over the Internet; intentionally introducing any computer viruses or other rogue programs to the IHCC system causing physical or functional damage to systems. To respect the shared nature of the computing resources users shall not engage in deliberately wasteful practices, such as printing large amounts of unnecessary documents.
  3. Users are responsible for using software and electronic materials in accordance with copyright and licensing restrictions and applicable college policies. IHCC equipment and software may not be used to violate copyright or the terms of any license agreement.
  4. Users may not attempt to modify or crash the college system or network facilities. Users may not attempt to break into the accounts of other users at IHCC or on the Internet.
  5. Students of IHCC and guests of IHCC may not install software on any college computer. Faculty and staff may not install software on the college network. Installations on the network are the responsibility of the IHCC networking Department.
  6. Users must remember that information distributed through the college’s networking facilities is a form of publishing. For example, anything generated at IHCC that is available on the Internet represents IHCC and not just an Even with disclaimers, the college is represented by its students, faculty and staff, and appropriate language, behavior and style is warranted.

Administration and Implementation: The information systems, facilities, equipment and accounts are owned and operated by IHCC. The college reserves all rights to the technology resources it owns and operates. IHCC may terminate any user’s access and service to the information systems without notice. Communication and projects carried on by IHCC staff through college resources are assumed to be business and professional matters. The college reserves the right to examine all computer files, phone mail or e-mail if it becomes necessary for reasons including, but not limited to the following:

  1. To enforce its policies regarding harassment and the safety of individuals.
  2. To prevent the posting of proprietary software or electronic copies   of electronic texts or images in disregard of copyright restrictions or contractual obligations.
  3. To safeguard the integrity of computers, networks, and data either at the college or elsewhere.
  4. To protect the college against liability.

The college may restrict the use of its computers and network systems for electronic communications when faced with evidence of violation of college policies, or federal or local laws. The college reserves the right to limit access to its networks through college-owned or other computers, and to remove/limit access to material posted on IHCC-owned computers.

All users are expected to conduct themselves consistent with these responsibilities and all other applicable college policies. Abuse of information systems privileges will subject the user to disciplinary action, as established by the applicable policies and procedures of the college, up to and including expulsion from the college. When appropriate, temporary restrictive actions will be taken by system or network administrators pending further disciplinary action and the loss of information systems privileges may result.

IHCC and users recognize that all members of the community college are bound by federal and local laws relating to civil rights, harassment, copyright, security and other statutes relevant to electronic media. It should be understood that this policy does not preclude enforcement under the laws and regulations of the United States of America or the State of Iowa.


Fire and Safety Report:                            

Indian Hills Community College has established fire safety policies in order to ensure the safety of our residence hall residents. Evacuation procedures have been set in place for each residence hall and are posted within the residence hall and are listed below. Each resident is asked to familiarize themselves with their particular route in the event of a fire emergency. Mandatory supervised fire evacuation drills are held in each residence hall once per term. All residents are asked to participate fully in these drills in order to ensure the timely evacuations of our residence hall buildings and the safety of our residents.

Each residence hall building is equipped with adequate fire safety systems, including fire detectors in each residence hall room in all buildings and hallway sprinklers in Trustee and Oak Halls. The fire detectors are checked yearly to make sure they are in good working condition. The fire safety systems are checked at least once per year by appropriate fire personnel.

The residence hall staff is trained yearly on fire safety policies and evacuation procedures. Fire safety policies and evacuation procedures are included in each residence hall orientation.

Residents must follow the guidelines set forth within this handbook regarding portable electric appliance, smoking, and the use of open flames within the residence hall buildings. Failure to do so will result in residence hall fines and/or expulsion from the residence halls based upon the severity of the violation.

Statistics relating to the number of fires, cause of each fire, the number of fire-related injuries that require hospitalization, the number of fire related deaths, and the value of property damage caused by a fire are logged by the Director of Housing for each residence hall. These statistics are reported to the Department of Education by calendar year in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Hard copies of that report may be obtained from the Housing office upon request.


0 fires in the 2017-18 school year

0 fire-related injuries

0 fire-related deaths

0 property damage due to fires


Emergency Evacuations:

FIRE PROCEDURES: The threat of fire is always a danger in the residence hall. Fire drills will be conducted periodically to help acquaint residents with proper procedures.  In case of fire:

  1. Pull the Fire Alarm
  2. Call the Fire Department
  3. Notify the Residence Hall Supervisor
  4. Evacuate the Residence Hall

If a fire alarm sounds, follow these procedures:

  1. Close the windows and door (do not lock) in your room.
  2. Proceed quickly, but cautiously to assigned stairway exit.
  3. Return to the residence hall only after the building has been totally evacuated and permission has been granted by the Residence Hall Supervisor or fire department official.



Appanoose Hall:   
Rooms 101-104
:  Use north exit and proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 107-115: Use south exit and proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 201-207: Use north stairwell, exit to Rose Garden, and proceed around the building to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 208-215: Use south stairwell, exit to Rose Garden, and proceed around the building to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 301-307: Use north stairwell, exit to Rose Garden, and proceed around the building to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 308-315: Use south stairwell, exit to Rose Garden, and proceed around the building to the Trustee Hall parking lot.

Keokuk/Mahaska Hall:
Rooms 102-122: Use the lounge exit and then proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 123-129: Use the far east exit and then proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 201-205: Use the north stairwell exit and then proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 209-214: Use the center stairwell and exit through the lounge, then proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.
Rooms 217-222: Use the far east stairwell exit and then proceed to the Trustee Hall parking lot.

Wapello Hall:
Rooms 101-114: 
Use the exit to the Appanoose parking lot and proceed to the point in the Wapello parking lot farthest from the building.
Rooms 120-132: Use the exit to the Wapello parking lot and proceed to the point in the Wapello parking lot farthest from the building.
Rooms 139-140: Use the nearest exit to the Appanoose parking lot and proceed to the point in the Wapello parking lot farthest from the building.
Rooms 201-221: Use the north stairwell and exit to the Appanoose parking lot. Proceed to the point in the Wapello parking lot farthest from the building.
Rooms 222-240: Use the south stairwell and exit to the Wapello parking lot. Proceed to the point in the Wapello parking lot farthest from the building.

Trustee Hall:
Rooms 213-228, 313-328, 413-428, and 513-528: 
Use the west stairway exit. Exit the building using the west fire exit on the first floor or the main south entrance door.
Rooms 233-248, 303-348, 403-448, and 503-548: Use the east stairway exit. Exit the building using the fire exit on the first floor or the main south entrance door.

Oak Hall:
Rooms  100-115,  116-131,  207-215, 223-231, 
307-315, 323-331, 407-415, 423-431: Use the north stairwell and exits.
Rooms  200-206,  216-221,  300-306, 316-321, 400-406, 416-421: Use the south stairwell and exit on 2nd  floor.

Centerville Residence Hall:
Rooms 101-114: Use the south hallway exit and proceed to the gathering area located at the entrance of the residence hall parking lot.
Rooms 201-214: Use the South Lobby exit and proceed to the gathering area located at the entrance of the residence hall parking lot. 
Rooms 301-314: Use the North Lobby exit and proceed to the gathering area located at the entrance of the residence hall parking lot. 

If possible, use a fire extinguisher to help contain the fire.

USE EXTREME CAUTION! DO NOT PUT YOUR SAFETY IN JEOPARDY! Property can be replaced, but not your life.

  1. A small, non-electrical blaze can be extinguished with a fire extinguisher located on each floor or with a pail of water.
  2. Extinguish an electrical fire, such as one caused by a frayed electrical cord, by pulling the cord from the socket and then smothering the fire with a blanket or rug. NEVER use water on electrical
  3. Your Residence Hall Supervisor will instruct you as to the proper use and handling of the fire



SEVERE WEATHER PROCEDURE: In the event of a tornado warning or other severe weather conditions:

in Keokuk/Mahaska Hall will be instructed to take shelter in the first floor hallways away from windows and doors.
Residents in Wapello Hall should take shelter in the hallway on the first floor by the storage room. Residents in Appanoose Hall should take shelter in the bottom floor hall leading from the center exit. Residents in Trustee Hall should take shelter on the basement floor hallways and stay away from exterior windows and doors.
Residents in Oak Hall should take shelter in the first floor hallways away from windows and doors.
Residents in the Centerville Residence Hall will be instructed to take shelter in the hallways away from windows and doors.