The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (“HEOA”) requires the University to prepare an Annual Fire Safety Report that includes the following information.
Federal Compliance Definition of a Fire:
Pursuant to the HEOA and for purposes of this Report, a “fire” is: “Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.”
Description of each On-Campus Housing Facility
Fire Safety Systems- University Student Housing Facilities
The following Fire Safety System(s) are located at the following university student housing facilities:
Name if Applicable
Fire Safety System(s)
2602 Forest Ave.
1333 30th Str.
1215 30th Str.
2842 Forest Ave.
2801 University Ave.
2803 University Ave.
1319 30th Str.
1214 31st Str.
During 2009, 2 fire drills were held on the university’s campus, each of which was held at a university student housing facility.
University Policies/Rules Regarding Portable Electrical Appliances, Smoking, and Open Flames in Student Housing Facilities
Pursuant to the Safe Explosives Act, 18 U.S.C. § 844(f), persons who maliciously damage or destroy, or attempt to damage or destroy, by means of fire or explosive, any building, vehicle, or other property owned by a College or University receiving federal financial assistance (such as Drake University) may be imprisoned for not less than five years and not more than 20 years, plus receive a fine, or both. If personal injury occurs, then the sentence rises to seven to 40 years, plus a fine, or both. If the conduct causes the death of another, then the perpetrator can be subject to the death penalty, or imprisoned for not less than 20 years to life, fined or both.
/dos/handbook/ Appendix G: Damage or Destruction to Drake Property by Use of Fire of Explosives
The Drake University campus is a smoke-free environment as per an Iowa State Law enacted July of 2008. Hookah pipes are not allowed in the residence halls. Should a resident be found responsible for smoking in their residence hall room, that resident will be assessed a cleaning fee of $250 at the time of the incident.
Compact refrigerators are permitted but must meet the following guidelines:
Microwaves are permitted but must meet the following guidelines:
Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in blowing of fuses, which will affect the occupants of the room and/or floor in which they live. Because of such incidents removal of the appliance may result.
*This is in accordance to the Uniform Fire Code and City of Des Moines Housing Code. Drake University carries no insurance covering personal property that may be destroyed by fire. The University suggests that students obtain insurance coverage for all personal property if they do not have such coverage already.
Burning of candles, incense, and similar materials is a fire hazard and is prohibited in residence hall rooms and on exterior window sills. Candles may be used only in connection with hall activities in the public areas of the building and with approval of the hall coordinator, and may never be left unattended. The aroma of incense and scented candles may affect another student's health. The storage and use of flammable fluid is prohibited.
Procedures for Student Housing Evacuation in Case of a Fire
During certain emergencies it may be necessary to evacuate a building. Each building head will be provided a designated assembly area outside their building. Those persons evacuating a building should do the following:
In an emergency Drake University must account for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. No one should leave the assembly area prior to being dismissed because it will be assumed that persons unaccounted for are still in the building involved in the emergency. Emergency Response personnel will be sent to look for all unaccounted persons.
POLICIES FOR FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
The City of Des Moines Housing Department and Des Moines Fire Department regularly inspect Drake University Residence Halls and other buildings for fire and safety hazards in conjunction with required City occupancy permits for campus buildings in accordance with City Code. Copies of various City of Des Moines inspections are held at the Facility Services Department. The Drake University community is served by Des Moines Fire Station #5, which is located just a few blocks west of campus.
Des Moines Fire Department Officials inspecting campus residence halls.
More information regarding the Des Moines Fire Department may be found at: http://www.dmgov.org/departments/fire/Pages/default.aspx
Campus Security Officers, as well as Campus Facilities Department Duty Engineers, are trained in the activation and de-activation of fire alarm systems within campus building. All fire alarm systems on campus are electronically connected to the Drake University Campus Security Communications Center, which is staffed 24 hours per day. The campus fire alarm systems are tested on a regular basis to insure they are working properly.
Fire Prevention and Safety training for all Facility Service personnel, (administrators, supervisors, electricians/crafts department, grounds department, custodial department, and the engineering department), is held annually each October in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week.
Residence Hall staff is trained in fire prevention to include the actual use of fire extinguishers on an annual basis each fall prior to student move in by personnel of the Des Moines Fire Department.
Security, Facilities Services, and Drake Real Estate Department employees are NIMS, (National Incident Management System), certified to facilitate a proper unified response should a fire occur on the Drake Campus. This training has been furnished by Polk County Iowa Emergency Management Officials. More information regarding Polk County Emergency Management may be found at: http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/EmergencyManagement/
Drake University Fire Notification List
In the case of a fire, students and employees should report that a fire occurring to the following individuals/organizations:
Plans for Future Improvements Related to Fire Safety.
On-Campus Student Housing Facility Fire Statistics: See U.S. Department of Education website at:
Drake University Fire Log
Drake University maintains a fire log at the public window of the Communication Center at the Department of Campus Security Office, 1227 25th Street. Campus Security staffs this location 24 hours per day and the log is available for public inspection and review at any time.
The “Fire Log” contains all fire reports for the past 60 days. Data included in the log is:
• The nature of the fire
• The date the fire occurred
• The time of date the fire occurred
• The general location of the fire
Drake University will provide information regarding fire log reports older than 60 days within two business days of the request.
Fire data and statistics gathered for the Annual Fire Safety Report will be maintained for 7 years.
Drake Public Safety,
Drake Public Safety,
- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)