Fire safety

Per the Fire Code of New York State, four fire drills shall be conducted in Residence Halls and three fire drills performed in an academic year in academic buildings to familiarize students, staff, and visitors with proper evacuation routes.

During any fire alarm activation, all building occupants shall evacuate immediately and follow the directions of University Police or Emergency Responders (i.e., the City of Oswego or Town of Oswego Fire Department personnel).  Please keep in mind, failure to evacuate immediately during any fire alarm activation shall result in referral to the Student Conduct Office and may result in a student’s removal from SUNY Oswego residence housing.

The following examples of misconduct are strictly PROHIBITED and are subject to disciplinary action:

  1. Tampering with or improperly using portable fire extinguishers, elevators, fire sprinkler systems, EXIT lights or any other life safety equipment.
  2. The installation of tapestries, posters, or other decorations.  Students are not allowed to cover any electrical outlets, lights, lamps or ceilings.  Any storage in residence halls shall be at a minimum of 2 feet from the ceiling.
  3. Theft or improper use of firefighting equipment such as fire alarm equipment, smoke detectors, horn/strobes, fire hose cabinets, or standpipes.
  4.  Falsely reporting an emergency such as a fire or medical emergency.
  5.  Intentionally setting fires on campus property without prior approval from University Police or the campus fire marshal.

It is campus policy to allow one appliance per electrical wall outlet utilizing only UL-Approved 15 amp.  Circuit breakers as well as surge protectors are limited to one per electrical wall outlet.  The daisy-chaining of electrical devices including extension cords is prohibited.


Open burning on campus is prohibited except as authorized through the Department of Campus Life. Authorized open burning must comply with the regulations of the Fire Code of New York State. Please reference the Lakeside Activities on Campus policy.