Health and Safety


Student safety is a top priority at UCF. There are a number of systems and programs in place to ensure an environment that is welcoming, secure, and fosters learning. Each residence hall has staff available 24 hours a day to assist residents with any concern that may arise. Our Residence Life staff is among the first responders for any student concern and have been trained to handle concerns throughout the school year. The first step in anyone’s safety is learning how best to protect themselves.

What is Quarantine? What is Isolation?

Learn more about relative quarantine, building-based quarantine, and isolation here.

Housing Security

An effective residence hall security program depends on:

  1. Cooperation from all community members.
  2. An alert community.
  3. Staff supervision.
  4. University Police assistance and response.

We have taken many steps to provide you with a safe and secure place to live on campus. We call upon all members of our community, including you, to help keep ours halls safe and secure. By following a few common sense precautions to safety, the residence halls and apartments will remain, as they are, a safe place for everyone to live.

We have taken steps such as placing video cameras outside of building exits to monitor against intruders, placing smoke detectors in each room and requiring University employees and service personnel to wear IDs. However, any amount of prevention can go only so far. All the fire equipment in the halls will not prevent a fire that is caused by carelessness with an illegal candle or appliance. Nor can residence life staff and the UCF Police Department prevent thefts from your room if the door is left unlocked.

  1. Never walk alone at night and do not let friends walk alone.
  2. Use the Knight Ride escort service whenever possible. Knight Ride runs from 7PM to 1AM seven days a week. After 1am or on weekends, contact UCFPD @ 407-823-5555. An officer will be dispatched to assist you if one is available.
  3. Avoid dimly lit or unlit areas on campus.
  4. Never prop open outside doors of your residence hall.
  5. Report unescorted or un-familiar persons to the staff immediately.
  6. Be familiar with the blue light emergency phones on campus and use them.
  7. Call 407-823-5555 or 911 for any emergency situation.
  8. Always lock the door to your residence hall room.
  9. Inform your RA of any crisis, theft or emergency situation.
  10. Report anything out of the ordinary to your community office.

Health and Safety Inspections

Once each semester, the residence hall staff will conduct health and safety inspections. Notice will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. These inspections are designed to protect you from conditions that may be harmful to the community. If there are unsafe or unhealthy conditions in your room, you will be asked to correct these. During health and safety inspections, staff members may not open closed closets, drawers, refrigerators, or luggage. If you feel like your room has been inspected inappropriately, contact your community’s Coordinator of Residence Life and Education.

Keys and Lockouts

You will be issued a key at the beginning of the year during check-in, and you are responsible for that key the rest of the year. You should keep your key with you at all times.

  1. Keep them with you at all times. Your keys should never be left in a hiding place outside your room.
  2. Lockouts. If you are locked out of your room, take your UCF ID card to your community office to request assistance.
  3. Lost keys. Report all lost keys immediately to your community office so that we can assure your safety, or that of your roommate and your belongings.

If you lose your key, a new lock core and new keys will be ordered for your room. Your account will be billed for the cost of a new lock core. Note: residence hall staff members will not open another resident’s room for you at any time!

Let’s Be Clear

UCF is committed to creating and maintaining a campus free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and retaliation. Sexual harassment and violence is not tolerated at UCF. When reports of sexual harassment and violence are made, UCF takes them seriously and will respond. As a University, we are dedicated to ensuring compliance with all federal and state laws and University policies and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on the sex and gender identity of employees and students.

UCF designed the Let’s Be Clear website to provide every UCF student, employee and community member with information regarding what constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as what support and resources are available should such misconduct occur. Through this website, the university is raising awareness about UCF’s nondiscrimination policies, employees’ reporting obligations and individuals’ options, and UCF’s extensive prevention programming.

Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault

The federal government launched Not Alone, a website featuring information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

Click here to learn more.

Tips for Improving Air Quality

According to the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and fungal spores in an indoor environment. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When the fungal spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin reproducing, creating an environment for mold to form. Mold can be found almost anywhere, and can grow on virtually any substance where moisture is present. Along with damp conditions and a necessary food source such as wood, dry-wall, fabrics carpet, groceries, etc., mold may grow. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture, which requires diligence living in Florida.

Water problems or leaks should be reported, identified, and corrected as soon as possible. These include dripping pipes, leaks, floods, and rainwater coming in through windows, etc. Submit work orders by clicking here.

In order to reduce the possibility of spores reproducing, relative humidity indoors should be kept at or near 60%. In order to accomplish this, all residential students should:

  • Keep all wet clothing in a plastic bag or plastic covered bin to keep moisture contained.
  • Your best bet is keep up on your laundry.
  • Wet shoes/hats should be dried before they are put away.
  • Do not attempt to control temperature by blocking the air supply or opening windows!
  • Dry all personal belongings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Keep the bathroom door closed at all times. The ventilation system in the bathroom is designed to take moisture out and keep it out of the bedrooms. Leaving the door open will allow moisture into the room.
  • Keep thermostat set at or near 72 degrees. It is optimal to keep the system running, but if it is too cold, relative humidity will rise and condensation may form.
  • Keep wet towels in the bathroom to dry them and keep moisture from migrating into the bedroom.
  • In warmer temperatures, keep the windows closed. Open windows allow moisture levels to rise, condensation to form and mold to grow in your room.
  • Keep thermostat fan setting on “AUTO”

If you observe mold present in your room, it should be reported immediately by submitting a work order here.

For more in-depth information on mold visit EPA Mold Resources.

Hurricane Tips

Residents are encouraged to monitor emergency information via the University of Central Florida website. The Department of Housing and Residence Life staff will inform residents of necessary preparations in the event of a hurricane.

Residents are encouraged to go to their homes or out of the storm’s path before the storm approaches.

Depending on the level of severity of the hurricane, the Department of Housing and Residence Life may initiate Ride-Out plans. Residents will be notified in advance of Ride-Out locations. If Ride-Out locations are designated, students living in the Orlando main campus housing facilities will be required to leave their residence and report to a designated Ride-Out. A photo ID is required during check-in at Ride-Out locations.

Residents unable to go home must comply with the following directions.

  1. Notify your family where you will be for the duration of the storm. Remind them there is a possibility we could lose electricity, cell phone service, and local phones in the Central Florida area. Let them know about website updates.
  2. Residents should take measures to protect personal possessions that are left behind in rooms/apartments during the hurricane. Personal items should be moved away from windows and taken off the floor. Electronic equipment and important books and papers should be placed in plastic bags to prevent water damage. Electronically back-up all of your important data, separate from your machine, and shut off your computer(s) and related equipment. The University is not responsible for loss or damage of residents’ possessions.
  3. Valuables should be placed in safekeeping. All doors should be locked when the occupants are not in the room or apartment.
  4. All windows must be closed tightly. All window blinds should be closed.
  5. Any resident who has a car on campus should see that the emergency brake is set and in reverse gear (standard transmission) or park (automatic transmission). All windows should be closed and the car locked. You may want to move your car to a parking garage and fill up your tank with gas.
  6. Each student should provide his/her own flashlight in case of power failure. DO NOT USE CANDLES OR OTHER FLAME-TYPE LIGHTING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES; FIRE IS UNCONTROLLABLE DURING A HURRICANE. Use battery-powered lighting only!
  7. Make sure you have enough cash. ATMs may be unavailable.
  8. Fully charge cell phones, laptops, and any other battery powered items.
  9. Make sure you have an adequate supply of any prescription medications.
  10. Do not attempt to open doors or windows.
  11. Stay indoors away from windows or glass.
  12. If you have a bicycle on campus, make sure it is securely locked to a bicycle rack.
  1. Residents should plan on taking ample clothing, a sleeping bag or blankets, a pad to sleep on, toiletries, prescription medication, important papers, snacks, a radio with batteries, a flashlight, and something to occupy their time.
  2. Residents are encouraged to provide for their own food requirements for the initial period of the emergency, usually three days. Non-perishable snack-type food, including crackers, power bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, peanut butter, jelly, bread, cereal, soda, etc.
  3. Items that are not allowed in a ride-out location include pets, alcohol and other controlled substances, tobacco products, and weapons.
  4. Telephone calls should only be made in emergencies.
  5. Comply with directions of UCF Housing and Residence Life staff and the UCF Police.
  6. It is essential that all residents stay indoors throughout the entire hurricane or other emergency situation. Residents must not leave the ride-out location until directed to do so by the Residence Hall staff.
  1. Follow all steps under subheading A.
  2. Whenever possible, food service facilities will be open.
  3. During the peak of the storm, for maximum protection, residents should close their room and/or bedroom doors and remain in the hallways.
  4. Students should remain away from dangerous areas, such as the glass windows and doors in the lobby areas of the halls or the living rooms of the apartments.
  5. Students should not attempt to open windows or doors to see what is happening outside.
  6. Report all accidents, injuries, broken windows, or excessive water to Housing Staff.
  7. Cell phone calls should be made only in case of emergency.

 

The University is not responsible for damages to, or for loss of, personal property as a result of a hurricane or any weather-related event.

If you have questions, please see a UCF staff member or ask an RA.

Please utilize the following sites to educate yourself on the ways you can be safe at UCF.

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