Fire and Security Tips and Policies

Fire Safety Tips
  • Always know two ways out of a room, suite, or apartment.
  • Imagine a fire breaks out; live the incident entirely in your mind for practice.
  • Know how to open windows and what is on the ground below them.
  • Know how to remove screens in an emergency.
  • Have a flashlight and check the batteries monthly.
  • If fire or smoke blocks your path, soak towels and secure them against the bottom of the door.
  • Call security and tell them your location if you are trapped.
  • Always treat a fire alarm as an emergency!
Security Tips
  • Always keep your room or apartment door locked.
  • Never go to sleep without checking your door and window locks.
  • Always keep your valuables (money, jewelry, wallets) locked in a safe place or hidden out of plain sight.
  • Immediately contact the RA on-call and the security guard in your building to report trespassing, lost or stolen items, or suspicious behavior as you see it.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the visitors in your building. Make a mental note of their appearance, dress, and behavior for later identification if necessary.
  • Always carry your student ID card and your key with you at all times. If you do not carry on Shabbat, leave your key at the Security Desk. And please, walk with a friend outside of the building.

Remember, you are responsible for your property and personal safety, even on yom tov. Be aware for yourself and others.

To Report an Emergency/Crime/Concern

In any emergency, medical or otherwise, do the following immediately:

Call JTS Security at extension 8888 or call 9-911 from any on-campus phone, then call your RA and/or RD on-call.

RA and RD on-call schedules are posted monthly on each floor of the residence halls on the bulletin boards near elevators and stairwells.

Fire and Personal Safety Policy

Item 1: The following items are absolutely prohibited from the residence halls without exception:

  • Alcohol (forbidden in MSRH only)
  • Candles (except those used for Shabbat/Havdalah/Yom Tov)
  • Corrosive, explosive or inflammable devices, liquids, or materials
  • Drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Full-size refrigerators (unless provided by JTS in a common or shared kitchen)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Incense
  • Large personal furniture that is too large for the living space or common area
  • Microwaves (except in common/apartment kitchens)
  • Open-coil heating or cooking appliances, including toaster ovens
  • Pets
  • Weapons, firecrackers, explosives, or ammunition

Item 2: Shabbat candles are permitted only on Shabbat. Candles must be placed on a non-flammable tray in a communal kitchen under supervision. Students may not light Shabbat candles in their rooms.

Item 3: Cooking is not permitted in resident rooms due to laws of kashrut, fire safety, and pest control and is restricted to the kosher kitchen areas.

Item 4: Window decorations, tapestries, bedding, and other flammable materials may not rest on radiators and must be kept at least four inches from all heating units. Holiday lights are currently permitted; however, these must be UL listed and may not be hung near posters nor other flammable materials.

Item 5: Stringing clothes lines, lights, wires, tapestries, posters, or any other decorations from or across the ceiling is strictly forbidden. Any and all room decorations of any kind may not be hung or attached any higher than eight inches from the ceiling.

Item 6: Windows, hallways, and entrances may not be covered with anything besides JTS shades or blinds with the sole exception of curtains hung from tension rods over windows that do not block egress in the event of an emergency.

Item 7: Tampering with, dismantling, or covering smoke detectors or fire system equipment is absolutely forbidden. Such behavior will be treated like arson and is subject to fines and serious disciplinary action.

Item 8: All residents are required to evacuate the residence halls when building fire alarms are sounded for any reason without exception.

Item 9: All pathways to modes of egress in private spaces and common areas are to be kept clear at all times.

Item 10: Smoking is not permitted anywhere in any JTS residence hall including all bedrooms and common areas of Brush, Goldsmith and Mathilde Schechter residence halls.

Item 11: For the protection of walls, doors and furniture, screws, large nails, scotch, masking or duct tape, small picture hooks, and thumbtacks may not be used to hang any objects. Stickers may not be placed on walls or furniture. Drilling holes into walls or furniture is forbidden. Painting walls or furniture or installing carpet is also forbidden. Damage will result in a damage charge assessed to your student account. Fun Tack may be used to hang small items in limited quantity.

Item 12: Residents are solely responsible for their own personal safety and their property in their assigned living spaces. Residents are expected to carry their JTS ID card or other photo identification and their building/room key(s) with them at all times. Students should keep room and apartment doors locked when away from their living area, even if they remain in the building.

Item 13: Residents are required and should be prepared to show their JTS ID card or other photo identification to a Security Guard or other JTS administrator upon request at any time without exception. JTS Security and authorized administrative staff reserve the right to refuse access to any JTS student or guest of a JTS student if proper identification cannot be verified.

Item 14: JTS students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and may not leave guests in the residence hall without their presence.

Item 15: JTS students may not lend out or duplicate room, suite or building entrance keys.

Item 16: JTS bears no responsibility for loss or damage to any personal property of residents or their guests regardless of cause whether in storage or an assigned room/suite/apartment.

We strongly recommend that each student have personal property insurance to protect against theft, flood or fire damage, or other disasters. Typically, if your child is still your legal dependent, then their belongings are automatically covered under your homeowner's insurance policy. However, if you do not have such coverage, or are not certain that your insurance covers the student's property, it remains your responsibility to provide this coverage.