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Fire Safety Information

Dear Students:

In 2013, the State of New York signed into the legislation the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act. The new legislation mandates that colleges give every student residing in dorms, apartments and off-campus housing operated by the University written information about fire safety.  In compliance with this new legislation, please read the following information pertaining to fire safety systems for all RIT owned or operated housing. Additionally, for your information, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is inspected annually, by the NYS Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention Bureau to ensure compliance with building and fire codes.

Residence Halls

Each of the 1,757 rooms located in RIT residence halls is equipped with sprinklers and an automatic smoke detection system. In the event of an emergency, the fire system sends signals directly to the RIT Public Safety Department. Public Safety Dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via a direct phone line located in Grace Watson Hall. The dispatch center is staffed 24/7, 365 days per year.

Colony Manor Apartment Complex

Each Colony Manor apartment is equipped with automatic smoke and fire detection systems. Fire systems report directly to the RIT Public Safety Department. Public Safety dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via a direct phone line.

Perkins Green Apartment Complex

All Perkins Green Apartments are equipped with automatic sprinklers and automatic smoke/fire detection systems. Fire systems report directly to the RIT Public Safety Department. RIT Public Safety dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via a  direct phone line.

Riverknoll Apartment Complex

Three buildings in the Riverknoll complex (67-111, 332-376, 452-496) are equipped with automatic smoke/fire detection and alarm systems. Fire systems report directly to RIT Public Safety. RIT Public Safety dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via a direct phone line.

All other Riverknoll buildings are equipped with local smoke detectors.  These detectors sound only within the apartment or townhouse in which they are located and require the resident to notify RIT Public Safety, at 585-475-3333 in the event they are activated.

Greek Houses (6 free-standing fraternity/sorority houses)

All Greek Houses are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems and automatic smoke and fire detection systems. Fire systems report directly to RIT Public Safety. RIT Public Safety dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via a direct phone line.

Racquet Club (2 apartment buildings)

Both buildings are equipped with automatic smoke and fire detection systems. Fire systems report directly to RIT Public Safety. RIT Public Safety immediately notifies the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via direct phone line.

RIT Inn and Conference Center (hotel/residential rooms)

All hotel/residential rooms located at the RIT Inn and Conference Center are equipped with automatic sprinklers and an automatic smoke and fire detection system. The system reports simultaneously to the Henrietta Fire Department and the RIT Public Safety Department.

Global Village Apartment Complex

All Global Village residences are equipped with automatic sprinklers and automatic smoke/fire detection systems. Fire systems report directly to RIT Public Safety. RIT Public Safety dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via direct phone line.

University Commons Apartment Complex

All University Commons Apartment Complexes are equipped with automatic sprinklers and automatic smoke/fire detection systems. Fire systems report directly to RIT Public Safety. RIT Public Safety dispatchers immediately notify the Henrietta Fire Department of an alarm via direct phone line.

For additional information, please read RIT’s Federal Safety and Security Report.

You can also contact

Dona Sandlin,
Director of Policies and Compliance for SAS at
585-475-7913 or via e-mail at dmssas@rit.edu.