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Alcohol & Drugs (including medical marijuana and the Good Samaritan 911 Policy)
University Health & Safety Resources
Find a brief description of each office or program, as well as their phone number and a link to their website, below.
UAlbany Alert is the University’s official platform to communicate emergencies to the campus community — including weather-related delays and closures. UAlbany Alerts are delivered via text message, voicemail and email.
Alerts are automatically sent to all students’ and employees’ albany.edu email addresses.
We encourage all students and employees to sign up to also receive UAlbany Alerts via text message, voicemail and/or personal email. You can also add the contact information of another person, such as a family member, if you’d like.
The University’s COVID-19 website outlines our health and safety rules, surveillance testing program and what the University is doing to protect our community’s health.
Current students and employees can call our COVID-19 hotline (518-442-2683) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students should call the University Police Department (518-442-3131) during off hours.
Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service is a New York State certified ambulance agency operated by UAlbany students.
Five Quad provides Basic Life Support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the fall and spring semesters. They respond to calls within a five-mile radius of UAlbany's Uptown Campus.
In an emergency, immediately call University dispatchers by dialing 911 on a campus phone or 518-442-3131 on a cell phone.
The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence works with students who have experienced any form of sexual violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment), no matter when or where it occurred.
Please call the office at 518-442-2273 and we will put you in direct contact with an advocate who can assist you. You can also email our director, Carol Stenger, at [email protected]. We are here to help.
The Purple Pantry is open to all students, faculty and staff. It’s stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods, fresh produce and toiletries.
Residential Life Offices
Central Office: 518-442-5875
Colonial Quad Office: 518-442-5911
Dutch Quad Office: 518-442-5900
Empire Commons Office: 518-956-6250
Freedom Apartments Office: 518-442-5830
Indigenous Quad Office: 518-442-5940
Liberty Terrace Office: 518-956-8300
State Quad Office: 518-442-5920
Alcohol & Drugs
The following campus offices provide alcohol and drug education programs, as well as alcohol and drug abuse prevention services:
Good Samaritan 911 Policy
UAlbany’s Good Samaritan 911 Policy supports students who reach out for assistance in a medical emergency and the students who are provided medical assistance.
A student who seeks medical treatment for themselves or anyone else who is in immediate medical need will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions related to the violation of using or possessing alcohol or other drugs.
The same is true for a student who is given emergency medical attention and for a student organization that seeks medical treatment for someone in immediate medical need.
This policy applies whether the emergency occurs on or off campus.
Statement on Medical Marijuana
While prescribed use of marijuana for medical purposes has been authorized in several states, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, a Federal law, still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance and requires that schools prohibit it on campus. Therefore, in compliance with Federal law, the University At Albany does not permit possession, use, or distribution of marijuana in any form, for any purpose, on campus.
Residential students with a prescription should be advised to speak with their health care professional to discuss alternatives. The Student Health Center will not approve any request for an accommodation to possess or use marijuana.
The University at Albany maintains a high level of fire safety in all buildings through a combination of fire protection systems, fire safety policies, staff training and enforcement of safety procedures.
Each room is equipped with a smoke detector. These detectors are hard-wired and do not rely on batteries.
The four main quadrangles are made of heavy-duty Type 1 concrete construction with compartmentalized suites and bedrooms. The stairwells are separated from the rest of the building by two-hour fire resistive construction.
All suite and corridor doors are “fire doors.” Most corridor doors are equipped with magnetic hold open devices. When the building alarm is tripped, these magnetic devices are deactivated thus forcing the doors closed. Once closed, the “fire doors” prevent fire and smoke from spreading from its point of origin. In essence, these doors separate suites from one another, and hallways from other halls and stairwells, maintaining a safe means of egress.
Smoke and heat detection devices are in common areas/hallways.
There are portable fire extinguishers on every floor.
The towers have standpipe connections on every other floor. In the event of a fire, standpipes are utilized by the fire department to connect fire hoses directly to a water supply.
Upholstered furniture in all residence halls is treated with Cal 133 fabric treatment that is fire retardant. Mattresses are treated with Cal 129 fabric treatment that is fire retardant.
Sprinklers are in basements, electrical and janitorial closets in original construction buildings.
Sprinkler systems are installed throughout our newly renovated buildings, including student rooms. Those buildings are:
State Quad: Melville, Steinmetz, Tappan and Whitman Halls
Indigenous Quad: Mohawk Tower and Montauk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora Halls
Dutch Quad: Beverwyck, Ryckman, Schuyler, Ten Broeck and Van Rensselaer Halls
Colonial Quad: Hamilton, Herkimer and Johnson Halls
University Apartments: Empire Commons and Liberty Terrace
Freedom Apartment buildings have a sprinkler in the entryway to each apartment.
In an addressable system, each fire alarm device has its own address. If a fire alarm is activated, the fire alarm panel displays the device’s exact location.
All buildings on Indigenous, Dutch, Colonial, Alumni and State Quads have addressable fire alarm systems.
All apartments in Freedom Apartments, Empire Commons and Liberty Terrace have addressable devices.
The Fire Alarm Project aimed to bring UAlbany into compliance with the December 2002 Trustees’ resolution, as defined by the Dean of Students in 2005, to install an integrated and fully addressable fire/smoke detection system.
The Fire Alarm Project used existing campus fiber optic strands to the Uptown Campus heating plant control room to allow addressable signals to be monitored from two University locations: the heating plant and University Police Department offices.
Detection devices were installed to detect any fire -elated anomalous conditions in suites/bedrooms. These devices provide an alarm notification to an initiating device actuation. Audible horns, bells and speakers are in the building. Each lobby of every building has a new fire alarm control panel that transmits the exact location of the alarm.
The project was completed in all residence halls in 2010. Additional fire safety information can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
This notice is completed and distributed in compliance with the New York State Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act.
§6438 of New York State Education Law requires notification of fire safety standards and measures in all college-owned or college operated housing. The above information is provided to facilitate compliance.
Bed Bug Protocol
While UAlbany has not experienced many problems with bedbugs, it is important that all students are familiar with the issue and what they should do if they suspect they may have bed bugs.
If you think you have bed bugs, call your housing area’s office right away.
Providing you with a healthy living environment is a top priority for the Department of Residential Life. Our staff will do everything to help minimize the impact of this problem on your academic experience.
Bed bugs are small, flat, oval insects. They are about a quarter inch long and visible to the naked eye, if you look for them. They are very resilient and can live for more than 18 months without feeding.
Bed bugs typically come out at night. During the day, they hide in dark crevices — like in bed frames, in mattresses, behind picture frames, in piles of clothes and in other areas where they would be difficult to detect.
Bed bugs travel very easily in luggage. They are not uncommon in hotels, hospitals and, if you’re not careful, college residence halls.
For more information, visit the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Bed Bugs Guide.
What to Do If You Suspect Bed Bugs
Usually, the first sign that bed bugs are present in your bedroom, suite or apartment is when you or your roommates/suitemates notice bites appearing on your skin.
It is very important that you take immediate action. University staff will help you address this problem as quickly as possible.
Please follow these steps to ensure the issue is handled efficiently and effectively: