Department of Community Living

Health and Safety Inspections

Health and Safety Inspections will take place from Monday, March 13th to Friday, March 31st.

This semester, Health and Safety Inspections will be conducted as follows: 

  • Two staff members (a professional staff member and a Community Advisor) will stop by each space on campus. 
  • Community Living staff members will view all bedrooms from the door. They will not enter any bedrooms unless an inspection cannot be done from the doorway or items must be confiscated and the resident is not home.
  • For apartments and suites, staff will need to enter common spaces (common rooms and kitchens) to be able to view bedrooms within the space.
  • Staff will not open any drawers, closets, cabinets, etc. They will lock the doors after checking a room, including the bedroom doors within a suite.
  • The results of your inspection will be left in your space and emailed to you when all room inspections have been completed.

Community Living staff will inspect residence halls to evaluate the health, safety, and security of our buildings as outlined in Section 16.3 Health and Safety Inspections and Section 9.5 Right of Entry in Rights and Responsibilities. Inspections take place once per semester. They are a time for staff to touch base with residents who are home, confirm the space is free of any fire safety or conduct violations and help the resident address any concerns within the space. 

Important Reminders for Health and Safety Inspections

  • Staff will reach out to residents via email if a follow-up inspection is needed.
  • If anything is confiscated from your space, it will be noted on the checklist left in your space. Brandeis Police will be contacted by Community Living staff to confiscate and dispose of any drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Most first-time violations, such as non-LED string lights or unapproved lofted beds, will be documented by Community Living and result in the resident being asked to correct the violation prior to the follow-up inspection.
  • More serious violations will be documented with the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards and will go through the student conduct process. These violations commonly pose a serious Fire Safety Hazard or involve illegal items.
  • If you are unsure what items are or are not allowed in the residence halls, please view our Permitted and Prohibited List on our website.

Statistics from the Fall 2022 semester Health and Safety Inspections can be found below.

Common Violations

Some of the more common violations we encounter are listed below, as well as on the linked Health and Safety Inspection Form. Please note these are not the only potential violations, just the most common.

  • Fire safety equipment obstructed or damaged (including covered smoke detectors and anything hanging from or touching pipes)
  • Candles which have not been registered through Community Living for religious observance
  • Evidence of alcohol, including empty containers (in shared spaces with residents under 21); excessive alcohol, including handles/any bottle over 750 mL (all areas)
  • Evidence of smoking, drugs, or drug paraphernalia 
  • Water heaters/kettles in residential areas (these are only permitted to be plugged in or used in kitchen areas)
  • Extension Cords (only UL-Listed surge protectors are allowed in our residence halls) 
Fall 2022 Health and Safety Inspection Statistics
Violations Resolved with CA Follow-Up Violations resulting in Community Standards Report Fall 2022 Total Violations
East & Skyline 65 2 67
Village & 567 South Street 2 2 4
Ziv & Ridgewood 36 20 56
Charles River & Mods 15 3 18
Massell & Rosenthal 31 5 36
North 19 3 22