6. Safety & Security

Keys

  • Housing keys are never to be loaned to another individual. No one other than the residents of a given house or apartment will be granted access to that house or apartment.
  • Thefts do occur in the community surrounding Biola. Therefore, residents are responsible for making sure that the house or apartment is locked each time they are away. To increase the chances of recovering stolen property report thefts immediately to Campus Safety.
  • Keys are issued either by Auxiliary Services or by the on-site management office of a particular apartment complex. Contact Auxiliary Services for information on keys for a particular housing assignment.
  • Residents should contact the apartment management office at their complex if any keys are lost, stolen or broken. There may be a charge for a replacement or for re-keying the apartment.

Entry/ID Cards

University I.D. Card

  • The Biola University I.D. Card is the official photo I.D. for all University access purposes: identification, check cashing, building entry, meal entry, Flex and Commuter Point use and borrowing library materials.

Do Not Deface Your I.D. Card

  • I.D. cards with stickers or other decorations will be considered invalid. If an I.D. card is deemed invalid by any department on campus a new I.D. card will be made at the owner’s expense.

Entry by Biola personnel:

The University reserves the right to enter houses and apartments under the following guidelines:

Emergency

  • where there is a clear and imminent threat to the well-being of students or the University's personnel or property.

Maintenance and repair service

  • Residents of the houses or Rosecrans Apartments who have instigated a work order request with Facilities Services should expect maintenance personnel to enter the house or apartment to make repairs. Where practical, Facilities Services will attempt to provide 24 hours notice in advance of entering the unit to effect repairs.
  • Scheduled maintenance at the houses or Rosecrans Apartments will be accomplished by Biola Facilities Services personnel. Where practical, residents will be given 24 hours notice in advance before maintenance personnel enter the apartment.
  • Repairs to the exteriors or grounds of the houses or Rosecrans Apartments will be accomplished by Biola Facilities Services or contract personnel. If these repairs may cause significant disruption, notice may be posted in advance. However, residents should not expect regular advance notice of external repairs and/or refurbishment projects.

Entry by Biola personnel, continued

Health and safety inspections are to be conducted under University guidelines.

Suspected violation of rules/regulations/ordinances

  • Entry may be made to enforce University rules, regulations and policies.
  • In case of suspected violation of University rules or regulations or federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, etc., premises occupied by students and the possessions of students may be subject to search by University personnel upon a good faith determination by the Senior Director of Auxiliary Services or his/her designee that such a violation may have occurred. A reasonable attempt will be made to have the student present during the search.

Showing vacancies

  • If there is a vacancy in a unit, even if the unit is partially occupied, the University reserves the right to enter the unit at any reasonable time to show vacant spaces to a prospective resident. Where practical, residents will be given notice at least 24 hours in advance before showing the vacant space.

Roofs & Balconies

  • Building roofs are not to be used for any purpose.
  • Nothing may be thrown from or dropped from windows, balconies or doorways.

Personal Property

  • The University assumes no responsibility for any lost, stolen or damaged student property. The University recommends that residents purchase renter’s insurance for the protection of personal property. Thefts should be reported to Campus Safety immediately.
  • Doors and windows should be locked whenever residents are away from the house or apartment.

Firearms/Weapons

  • It is a felony under 626.9 CPC to possess firearms on the Biola University campus.
  • Weapons of any kind are not permitted in any University-owned or –managed property. This includes, but is not limited to, firearms, airguns, blowguns, paintball guns, bows of any kind, tasers or stun guns, batons, clubs, folding knives with lock blades and fixed knives with blades longer than 2.5" (food preparation knives in work related applications exempted). The California Penal Code section 626.10 subsections (a) and (b) stipulate some of the aforementioned as being in violation of law.
  • No student shall possess or discharge BB guns or pellet guns (including paint pellet guns) on campus or on University-owned or –managed property.

Firecrackers/Fireworks

  • Possession or use of firecrackers or other fireworks is prohibited on campus or in University-owned or –managed property.
  • Individuals who use or have firecrackers or fireworks in their possession on campus may be subject to a fifty dollar ($50.00) fine and an automatic three-day suspension.

Fire Safety

    All fire protection equipment has been installed to protect life and property.

  • Tampering with fire equipment in any way is considered a misdemeanor according to the Los Angeles County Fire Code, County Ord. 2947 and 148.4 CPC. This includes:
    • any fire equipment on a door , e.g. automatic door closers (Sec. 10.104e);
    • other fire protection equipment, e.g. fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarms (Sec. 13.201);
    • or removing fire equipment, e.g. batteries from smoke detectors, fire extinguishers from walls (Sec. 13.202).
  • Residents found guilty of a misdemeanor (breaking any section of the ordinance) are liable for a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and/or a one year jail sentence.
  • Initial breaking of the fire code on campus property may not necessarily lead to residents being formally charged, but it will involve a fifty dollar ($50.00) fine. This includes:
    • removing/tampering with automatic door closers;
    • pulling a fire alarm on false pretenses;
    • removing or tampering with fire extinguishers;
    • propping open fire exit doors.
  • In addition to fines and jail terms applicable to misdemeanors (see above), tampering smoke and/or heat detectors in University-owned or –managed property will involve a two hundred dollar ($200.00) fine per incident plus the cost of any replacement parts that may be necessary. Persons found guilty of such tampering may be apprehended and prosecuted according to Los Angeles County Fire Code County Ord. 2947 and 148.4 CPC.
  • Replacements for any damages or missing smoke/heat detection systems in any graduate housing will be the financial responsibility of the contracted residents.
  • Fire drills at the Rosecrans Apartments will be conducted on a regular basis by Campus Safety. When the alarm sounds, exit the building immediately and proceed to the designated meeting place: Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, 14407 Rosecrans Avenue at Estero Road. All residents on the property at the time are required to respond to the fire alarm.

Parking

  • Residents at The Ranch should check with the on-site manager for information on parking assignments. In most cases, one parking space is provided per apartment. Rental of any surplus parking spaces at The Ranch, if offered, is the responsibility of the resident(s).
  • Parking at the Rosecrans Apartments is by permit only. Pick up this no-cost sticker at the Campus Safety Office. Non-permitted vehicles will be ticketed.
  • Do not park in a space not assigned to your apartment. Do not “swap” spaces without making arrangements with the appropriate Rosecrans Apartment Manager.
  • The City of La Mirada schedules street sweeping weekly. If you plan to park a vehicle on any street in La Mirada, please be aware of posted signs for prohibited parking days and times.
  • Any resident who plans to drive a car to campus will need to purchase a Biola University parking permit from Campus Safety. See the Campus Safety Handbook for on-campus driving and parking regulations.

Bicycles/Motorcycles/Mopeds/Scooters

  • Bicycles may not be ridden in or around the residence halls, on-campus apartments, inner campus, on any sidewalk on campus or in any area marked with the “no bike” symbol.
  • Bicycles left on campus or at housing assignments at the end of the school year will be considered abandoned by the owners and will be disposed of by Campus Safety according to law.
  • At the Rosecrans Apartments, bicycles may be locked in the bike racks between the 14345 and 14353 carports. Bicycles may also be stored in the carports and garages. Bicycles should not be locked to the 14339, 14345, 14509 pool fences or stored in any of the laundry rooms or under any stairs.
  • Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are not to be parked or ridden on campus lawns or sidewalks. Campus sidewalks should be kept clear at all times.
  • Motorcycles are to be parked in regular car parking slots or other on-campus areas designated for motorcycle parking.
  • Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters may not be stored inside any housing assignment at any time.
  • Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters must be registered with Campus Safety. This can be done during semester registration, or by visiting the Campus Safety Office. A valid parking sticker must be visible on the vehicle.

Skateboards/Roller Skates/In-Line Skates

Skateboards, roller-skates, in-line skates (i.e. Rollerblades) or any other skating device are not to be used anywhere on the University property due to the requirements of University liability insurance.

Solicitors

“No Soliciting” signs have been posted that empower residents to politely ask any solicitor, canvasser or pan-handler to leave the property immediately. Residents may also call Campus Safety to report solicitors.

Please report anyone you see rummaging through the trash to Campus Safety (562) 903-4878.