9. Safety & Security

Keys

  1. Residents will be issued a key for their residence hall room or apartment. Apartment keys may also open security gates and/or laundry rooms.
  2. Keys are never to be loaned to another individual. Violators may receive a Campus Safety citation and disciplinary action.
  3. Due to the potential for theft, rooms and apartments are always to be kept locked when residents are not present.
  4. Students who lose or have their housing key stolen during the semester, or who do not return their key at designated check-out times, including at the end of Fall semester, will be charged a rekey fee of at $55. See also CHECKOUT PROCEDURES > CHECK-OUT FINES. Lost or stolen keys should be reported to the Housing office and to Campus Safety as soon as possible.
  5. Students who break their room key may have it replaced for a minimal charge by reporting it to the the Housing Office.
  6. Students locked out of their room or apartment may be assisted by Residence Life staff between 9:00 am and midnight for a small fee ($1.00). From midnight to 9:00 am, or if no Residence Life staff member is available, Campus Safety may be called for help at the switchboard (562-903-6000) for a $15 fee (billed to the student’s University account). Students who continually need to be let into their room may have the “lock out fee increased incrementally by Residence Life staff.

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University ID

  1. Students must have their Biola ID card with them at all times on campus. Biola IDs must be presented upon request to any University faculty or staff member.
  2. The Biola ID card is the property of the University and is loaned to students while they are enrolled. Once a student withdraws from Biola for any reason, the ID card should be returned to the University.
  3. Lost or inoperable ID cards can be replaced in the Student Services building. Students must pay $20 a fee to replace lost ID cards. Defective cards are replaced at no charge. Stolen ID cards must be reported to Campus Safety immediately for deactivation.
  4. Biola ID cards may not, under any circumstances, be given to another individual for use. This includes, but is not limited to, allowing another to use the ID card to access buildings or gates on campus, use a dining plan, or use the library. Loaning an ID card to another individual is a security risk and will result in fines and disciplinary action.
  5. No photos, stickers or other decorations are to be placed on Biola ID cards, otherwise they will be considered invalid. If an ID card is deemed invalid by any department on campus, a new ID card will be made at the student’s expense.
  6. The Biola University ID Card is used for University building entry.

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Authorized Entry

  1. Residence hall apartment entrances are locked 24 hours per day and are only accessible using a Biola ID card or key. Only residents of a particular building may access their building between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am daily.
  2. For security reasons to prevent unauthorized entry to buildings and rooms, residents may not prop open or leave open building or room/apartment doors or gates, or leave ground-level windows open. Residents must not leave room keys outside the door or tape door latches open,Violators may receive a Campus Safety citation and/or disciplinary action. Room doors may be left open only during Open House hours.
  3. Residents must not let other individuals into buildings unless that person has a valid Biola ID card.

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Entry By Biola Personnel

  1. The University reserves the right to enter rooms or apartments under the following guidelines:
    1. Emergency when there is a clear and imminent threat to the well-being of students or the University's personnel or property.
    2. Health and safety inspections conducted under University guidelines. See CLEANING & MAINTENANCE.
    3. For suspected violations of University, federal, state or local laws rules, regulations or ordinances.
  2. Student possessions and premises occupied by students may be subject to search by University personnel upon a good faith determination that a violation may have occurred, as ordered by the Dean of Students, the Chief of Campus Safety, or their designee. An attempt will be made to have the student present during the search.
  3. The University reserves the right to enter any room or apartment having a vacancy, even if the unit is partially occupied, at any reasonable time to show vacant spaces to prospective residents. When practical, residents will be given advance notice.

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Theft

  1. All thefts on campus should be immediately reported to Campus Safety.
  2. See PERSONAL PROPERTY for liability information.

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Fire Safety

  1. Tampering with fire equipment in any way is considered a misdemeanor under county and state law. This includes, but is not limited to:
    1. keeping fire doors open or blocking automatic door closer operation.
    2. disabling, removing or tampering with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors or their batteries, or fire alarms.
    3. hanging anything from or attaching anything to fire sprinklers.
  2. Violators, including students who pull fire alarms under false pretenses, will be charged for repair costs, cited by Campus Safety, and may face legal prosecution which could include jail terms.
  3. Students who fail to evacuate buildings during a fire alarm will be fined and may face disciplinary action.
  4. Replacements for damaged or missing smoke/heat detectors will cost at least $150.
  5. See DECORATIONS, PROHIBITED & ILLEGAL ITEMS and APPLIANCES > APPLIANCES & DEVICES NOT PERMITTED for fire safety standards.
  6. Per fire code, all stairwells, walkways, hallways and balcony walkways must remain clear of furnishings, trash and personal belongings after check-in week.
  7. See CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT fire safety statistics and a description of fire safety equipment in the residence halls and apartments.

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Missing Students

  1. Students may access their emergency contact information on my.Biola and designate a confidential individual or individuals to be contacted by the University no more than 24 hours after the student is classified as missing in accordance with the University’s Missing Student Policy. A designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student, and will not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel as necessary for a missing student investigation or the investigation of a crime.
  2. If a student under the age 18 is not legally emancipated and is determined to be missing pursuant to the University’s Missing Student Policy, the University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian, in addition to the student’s designated contact, no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.
  3. See CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT for Biola’s Missing Student Policy.

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Emergency Notifications

  1. Students may update personal emergency notification contact methods on my.Biola to receive e-mail, text and phone emergency notifications. A designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student, and will not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel as necessary during an emergency or the investigation of a crime.
  2. See CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT for Biola’s Emergency Response and Evacuation Policy.

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Campus Safety Report

See Campus Safety’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for information on fire safety, crime statistics, emergency protocols and missing student protocols.

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Parking Vehicles & Motorcycles

  1. Residents, students and guests are subject to all terms of Campus Safety’s Vehicle & Safety Regulations and Permit Requirement. See vehicle codes.
  2. All students who bring a vehicle to campus are required to purchase a parking permit, whether or not they choose to park on campus. For the full parking policy see here.
  3. Contact Campus Safety for regulations on storing vehicles on campus over Interterm, summer and holiday breaks.
  4. No vehicle mechanical work of any kind is permitted on campus.
  5. Anyone parking a vehicle off campus must comply with the city’s posted no parking days and hours.
  6. Gate opener remotes for Tropicana Apartments are issued by the Resident Coordinators. A replacement fee of at least $100 each will be charged to the responsible student for damaged, lost or stolen remotes. Replacement batteries may be obtained from Facilities Management.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Parking

  1. Biola has a charging option available to electric vehicle (EV) drivers. As part of our commitment to supporting sustainable programs, we have partnered with ChargePoint to install electric vehicle charging stations.
  2. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are on the ground level of Parking Structure K.
  3. The rate for ChargePoint users approved as Biola community members is $1.00/hour for the first 8 hours, then $1.50/hour with a maximum of $12.00 for the charging session. All others are considered visitors and will be charged $2.00/hour with no maximum.
  4. EV drivers may download the ChargePoint mobile app and visit www.chargepoint.com to create an account and get specific instructions.
  5. Charging station parking is reserved for electric vehicles (EV) only and is to be used only while charging a vehicle.
  6. Vehicle charging from outlets at other campus locations is strictly prohibited. Violators will be cited and are subject to fines.

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Bicycles

  1. Residents, students and guests are subject to all terms of Campus Safety’s Vehicle & Safety Regulations.
  2. All bicycles must be registered with Campus Safety. Registration is free.
  3. Bicycles may only be parked in a bike rack and should be locked.
  4. Bicycles may not be parked in any building lobby, deck, courtyard, hallway, restroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other room unless the area has been designated for parking. Students may park in their own residence hall room or apartment.
  5. Bicycles may not be operated or ridden inside residence halls or apartments.

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Off-Campus Shuttle & Campus Safety Escort

  1. The University operates a bus shuttle that can transport students to and from the off-campus Biola apartments at no cost. See https://www.biola.edu/shuttle/ for routes, schedule and regulations.
  2. Students may request a Campus Safety escort to accompany them anywhere on campus or to the off-campus apartments. Contact Campus Safety for more information.

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Soliciting

  1. No solicitation of any kind is allowed in residence halls or apartments. Solicitors or anyone of a suspicious nature should be reported immediately to Campus Safety. See the Student Handbook's policy details.

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La Mirada Creek

  1. The La Mirada Creek catch basin on campus will flood during heavy rain. Due to the risk of injury or disease, rafting, swimming or floating in the creek are prohibited and can result in a citation from Campus Safety or county officials.

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