RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) during the month of October. Residential Life & Housing conducts these inspections three times per year to ensure the safety of our community. During these inspections, the RAs will enter student rooms to check for any potential concerns which may pose a danger to the residential community. This commonly includes fire hazards (candles, extension cords, illegal appliances, etc.) and damages to the room that have not been addressed by Facilities staff (leaks, broken windows, etc).
While inspecting rooms, RAs are obligated to address any violations that they observe. Each year, the majority of these violations are a result of students possessing items that are prohibited in the residence halls (i.e. microwaves, space heaters, candles, etc.). Students are strongly encouraged to review the list of prohibited items at http://barnard.edu/reslife/policies/community_safety_inspections.html.
If you happen to have items that are prohibited, please be sure to remove these items immediately by either sending them home or donating them to a local charity. You will want to make sure do this prior to the inspections beginning, as RAs are required to confiscate any prohibited items that they come across. Once an item has been confiscated, it cannot be returned to the student.
We would like to thank you for working with us to make our community a safer place for everybody to live. Your cooperation and help with conducting the CSIs is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about CSIs, please feel free to reach out to your RA, Associate Director, or the Residential Life & Housing Office. We're happy to answer any questions that you may have!