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2010 Annual Fire Safety Report


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

  • Carpenter Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 2900 Forest Avenue.  It has 23 single rooms, 150 double rooms, and 33 triple rooms. For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/carpenter.html.
  • Crawford Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 1333 30th Street. It has 21 single rooms, 112 double rooms and 30 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/crawford.php.
  • Goodwin-Kirk Hall is an upper-class-students residence hall located at 1215 30th Street.  It has 116 four-person suites, 6 single rooms, and 39 double rooms. For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/goodwinkirk.php.
  • Herriott Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 2842 Forest Avenue.  It has 22 single rooms, 160 double rooms, and 30 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/herriott.php.
  • Jewett Hall is an upper-class-students residence hall located at 2801 University Avenue.  It has 8 single rooms, 74 double rooms, and 4 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/jewett.php.
  • Morehouse Hall is a residence hall for first-year and upper-class students located at 2803 University Avenue.  It has 18 single rooms, 50 double rooms, and 3 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/morehouse.php.
  • Ross Hall is an upper-class-student residence hall located 1214 31st Street.  It has 31 two-person apartments and 16 four-person apartments. For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/ross.php.
  • Stalnaker Hall is a first-year residence hall located at 1319 30th Street.  I has 23 single rooms, 192 double rooms and 30 triple rooms.  For more information, see /life/residencelife/halls/stalnaker.php.
  • Drake West Village is an apartment complex for juniors, seniors, graduate and professional students located at 1315 31st Street.  It has 67 four-bedroom apartments, 52 two-bedroom apartments, 40 one-bedroom apartments and 25 studio apartments.  For more information see

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)

Carpenter Hall

2602 Forest Ave.

Notifier NFS5320

Crawford Hall

1333 30th Str.

Notifier NFS5320

Goodwin-Kirk Hall

1215 30th Str.

Notifier AM2020

Herriott Hall

2842 Forest Ave.

Notifier NFS320

Jewett Hall

2801 University Ave.

FCI 72

Morehouse Hall

2803 University Ave.

FCI 3200

Stalnaker Hall

1319 30th Str.

Notifier NFS320

Ross Hall

1214 31st Str.

Notifier 200




Fire Drills

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

  • Smoking on Campus

    Under the Iowa Smoke free Air Act, smoking is prohibited on all campus grounds, including inside vehicles parked on campus, and inside University vehicles. 
  • Residence Hall Policies


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.

  • Appliances


Compact refrigerators are permitted but must meet the following guidelines:

  • The capacity shall not exceed 4.0 cubic feet
  • The unit must operate on 115/120 volts, AC
  • The unit and power cord must be Underwriters Laboratory approved
  • One unit per double room

Microwaves are permitted but must meet the following guidelines:

  • Cannot exceed 700 watts
  • The unit and power cord must be Underwriters Laboratory approved
  • One unit per double room

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.

  • Amplifiers
  • Candles/Incense
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Coffee Maker*
  • Drum Sets
  • Electric Blankets*
  • Electric Guitars
  • Extension  Cords without Surge Protectors*
  • George Foreman Type Grills*
  • Halogen Lamps*
  • Holiday Lights*
  • Hookah Pipes
  • Hot Plates*
  • Humidifiers without Medical Documentation
  • Lava Lamps
  • Masking/Duct Tape
  • Multi-Plug Adapters without Surge Protectors
  • Neon Signs*
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Rope Lights*
  • Space Heaters*
  • Street Signs
  • String Lights*
  • Toaster*
  • Toaster Oven*
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Wireless Routers

*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:

  • Use the nearest exit (unless directed otherwise).
  • Go to the assembly area as designated by the University for each building.
  • Stay within the designated assembly area until dismissed by a Drake Security or proper emergency authority representative.
  •  Report any missing classmates to a faculty member, residence hall coordinator, or Campus Security Specialist.
  • Report any injuries to Security or the appropriate emergency coordinator
  • Employees will evacuate and report to Deans/Directors.
  • People with disabilities or special needs:  As part of each Departmental/School/College Emergency Response Plan, disabled persons with special evacuation needs should be invited to request reasonable accommodations in developing an evacuation plan tailored to meet their individual needs.

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.


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:   

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:

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:

  • Campus Security Department - On Campus Emergency Telephone #811
  • Des Moines Fire Department – City Emergency Telephone #911

Plans for Future Improvements Related to Fire Safety.

  • Continue to adhere to stringent inspections, testing and maintenance of all fire safety systems, equipment and devices.  All new facilities will be fully sprinkled and fire alarm systems will be replaced as needed with current technology.
  • Continued review of the campus emergency response plan and related training
  • Add additional exterior security cameras and emergency telephone kiosks for purpose of quicker response and reporting of fire hazards by the campus community.
  • Continue annual fire and evacuation training through actual campus drills.
  • Continue the close working relationship between the Des Moines Fire Department, City of Des Moines Housing Inspectors, the Des Moines Police Department, and Polk County Emergency Management Officials to insure fire safety continues to be a high priority at Drake University.

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.

Policy Statement


Drake Public Safety,
     emergency 811

Drake Public Safety,
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 911

-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 9-283-4811

- American Republic Student
  Health Center  

- Employee Assistance Program

Title IX

Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct


(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)