Please call the 24-hour University police phone line at 931 372 3234 for on-campus police protection and services. All emergencies should be reported to this office. The 24-hour emergency number for Cookeville fire, policy and medical assistance is 911. All calls are monitored to ensure only emergency calls are being made.
Two certified residence hall police officers are employed by the Office of Residential Life, and directly supervised by University police, to staff these offices and ensure the safety and security of on-campus residence hall occupants and guests. Officers are on duty seven nights a week, enforcing both University and Residential Life policies. They keep constant patrol of residence hall lobbies, hallways, grounds and parking areas in and around the residence halls.
In the event an earthquake impacts the Tennessee Technological University campus, please be aware of the following tips:
Emergency telephones have been installed on campus to enhance safety and security. The emergency phones, identified by a dull, blue light, are activated by pressing the button whether a person speaks into the intercom or not. When a phone is activated the light will flash. University police officers will know the location of the phone being used and will respond to that location. Emergency phones can be found in the following locations:
|Crawford Hall||710 Quadrangle
|Intramural Baseball Field||345 University Drive
|Maddux/McCord Halls||720 N. Peachtree Avenue
|Memorial Gym||810 Quadrangle
|Murphy Hall (Behind Murphy)
||25 Golden Eagle Circle
|Tech Village Laundry||Tech Village Laundry
|Tennis Courts||1995 N. Willow Avenue
|University Library||100 N. Peachtree Avenue
|Evins Hall||715 Stadium Drive
|Cooper Hall||105 W. Seventh Street
|Ellington Hall||130 W. Eighth Street
|Jobe Hall (Parking Lot)
||35 Golden Eagle Circle
|New Hall South North End||905 N. Dixie Avenue
|New Hall South South End
905 N. Dixie Avenue
|Nursing Building||10 W. Seventh Street|
|Lewis Hall||920 N. Peachtree Avenue|
Each residence hall staff member conducts monthly fire drills to acquaint residents with the proper evacuation procedures in case of an actual fire emergency. The staff will inspect the building to ensure all residents have evacuated. Please leave the buildings as quickly as possible, and do not return until told to do so. Failure to leave the premises during a fire drill will result in disciplinary action. Fire drills are conducted to prepare you in case of an emergency. Your cooperation is expected and appreciated.
When you have been alerted by the alarm, shouted warning or the sensation of smoke or fire, please follow these instructions:
Report to the University police and/or your residence hall staff any situation that you feel is dangerous to your health, safety or well being. This includes physical or verbal abuse, an immediate threat of abuse, and any sexual or racial harassment.
All lobby doors are equipped with an electronic card reader, allowing only those individuals and his/her registered guest(s) into the living areas. Residents who prop open lobby doors and/or allow non-residents to enter a hallway may be subject to disciplinary action.
University police and Residential Life can help protect your personal property. Personal items (TV, VCR, computer, etc.) can be engraved and registered with the University police office.
What you, as a student, should know:
TTU has taken these steps to ensure pedestrian safety:
Here are some important tips to protect yourself in the halls, around campus and in town.
Residents must share responsibility for maintaining a safe and secure residential community. A resident is encouraged to keep his/her door and window(s) locked. All residents must enter/exit only from the main lobby entrance.
Residents leaving the building through locked security doors may be subject to disciplinary action. During the holiday periods doors and windows should be securely locked and mini blinds should be open. Items of value should not be left in a room over a holiday period. Guest(s) and visitor(s) may gain access to student rooms only when escorted by a resident. Residents are reminded to refrain from allowing anyone they do not know into the secured areas.
If you feel you have suffered either personal injury or property damage due to negligence by a University official or University equipment, there is a process outlined in the Tennessee Codes (TCA-9-9-207) by which you can file a claim. The State Board of Claims will hear the case and decide if the complaint is legitimate. All claims must be properly filed within one year from the date of the damage or injury. Any student who wishes to file such a claim should notify the Office of Residential Life.
Tennessee Technological University is committed to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for students, faculty and staff. To accomplish this goal, the University has implemented an ongoing program of campus beautification and renovation of existing structures to include removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials. The University will continue to monitor this situation and plan for renovations.
The protection of personal property is the individual's responsibility. Students are encouraged to review their parents' homeowners insurance policies for adequate coverage and to obtain personal renter's insurance.
One of the most dangerous of all storms is one of the most common. Some thunderstorms can be seen approaching while others hit without warning. It is important to learn and recognize the danger signs and to plan ahead. The danger signs of a thunderstorm include dark towering or threatening clouds and/or distant lightning and thunder.
A severe thunderstorm watch is issued by the National Weather Service when the weather conditions are such that a severe thunderstorm (damaging winds 58 miles per hour or more, or hail three-fourths of an inch in diameter or greater) is likely to develop.
A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
During a Thunderstorm Warning
Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms with winds as high as 200-300 miles per hour. Although tornadoes are most likely to occur in mid-afternoon, recent tornado activity throughout the state proves they may strike any time, any place. A tornado often has a dark, thunderstorm cloud from which a whirling funnel-shaped pendant extends to or near the ground. Rain usually precedes the tornado, frequently with hail and as a heavy downpour.
A tornado watch is given when weather conditions are favorable to the formation of a tornado (i.e. during severe thunderstorms). During a tornado watch, keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
A tornado warning is given when a tornado funnel is sighted, indicated by radar or is about to strike. You may only have a few minutes to go to safety.
TTU police monitor weather warnings. Upon receipt of warnings for the main campus, a continuous (three-minute) alert will be sounded on the campus emergency warning system.
Your residence hall staff will give you specific instructions through floor meetings. A tornado drill will be held during the fall and spring semesters due to the increased risk of tornadoes during these seasons. All residents will be vacated to the basement of his/her building and will remain there until the danger has passed. Your cooperation during these drills is expected and appreciated.
During a Tornado:
Inside the residence hall
Outside the Residence Hall
After a Tornado
Revised: March 10, 2011