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800.10 - Fire & Life Safety

University Group Policy #800.10

I.    Executive Summary

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) voluntarily engages in a compliance program with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina. This program is designed to provide a safe and healthy working, teaching and learning environment, as well as an atmosphere of safety and health awareness. This policy identifies responsibilities for compliance, implementation, prevention through planning, and activities related to assuring all campus buildings maintain a high degree of life safety for building occupants. The Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director shall develop and implement procedures pertinent to assuring a high degree of life safety in the prevention of fire related incidents. 

II.  Policy Statement

WSSU holds the safety of its community in the highest regard with respect to its function as an employer and an institution of higher learning. This policy includes elements consistent with established laws, regulations, and activities consistent with best practices in relation to fire prevention and safety to life. 

III.    Guidelines

Any questions relating to fire and life safety matters should be brought to the attention of the EHS Director or his/her designee. 

University buildings are equipped with fire detection and/or fire suppression systems. Residence halls shall be equipped with both fire identification and fire suppression systems in accordance with the NC Fire Code and the NFPA Life Safety Code applicable to the time in which the building was completed.

Incendiary devices likely to cause fires are prohibited in University buildings. Devices which have a history of or have been proven to spontaneously combust are prohibited in all University buildings. In certain cases, electric powered devices (e.g. space heaters) may be permitted provided such devices are evaluated and approved by the EHS Director or his/her designee. Open flames of any type are prohibited in any University building.

IV.    Roles and Responsibilities

The EHS Director shall develop and implement procedures pertinent to assuring an environment that is free from conditions likely to lead to fires and both the identification and elimination of University conditions that can or are likely to adversely impact life safety in any University occupied building. Such procedures shall be in accordance with the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code.

V.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

VI.    Compliance

WSSU shall comply with all applicable federal and state safety regulations, including but not limited to Occupational Safety and Health Act, NC State Building Code, the National Fire Protection Association, and the NC Fire Code, as these may be amended from time to time.

Tampering with, disengaging, impeding, or otherwise disabling any fire detection device is strictly prohibited in any University building.. 

Violators will be subject to discipline by the body responsible for student discipline or disciplinary action deemed appropriate within the guidelines administered any authority regulating discipline pertinent to employees of the State of North Carolina. Violators may also be subject to penalties or criminal prosecution.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted: December 13, 2012
  • Amended: June 9, 2017