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SEC-014: Hallway Storage and Other Hallway Use

Date: 07/25/2005 Status: Final
Last Revised: 01/13/2023
Policy Type: University
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
Applies To:

Academic Division.

Reason for Policy:

To maintain hallways as a safe means of egress from buildings at the University or those being leased for University personnel. The International Fire Code dictates that hallways must remain free of all materials that could hinder the evacuation of a building, impede the actions of emergency agencies in the event of a fire or other emergency, or are combustible and could create smoke.

Definition of Terms in Statement:
  • Terms:There are no terms that require definition.
Policy Statement:

Hallways, corridors, and stairwells are to be used as a means of egress from a building or as a means to travel from one space to another and NOT for any other purpose. Unacceptable uses of hallway space include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Storage of any materials (e.g., boxes, equipment, furniture, waste containers, etc.).
  2. Extension of office space (e.g., desks, filing cabinets, copy machines, waiting room, etc.).
  3. Extension of laboratory space (e.g., used or new equipment, container storage, etc.).
  4. Breakroom (complete with chairs, tables, coffee maker, microwave oven, etc.).

Any exceptions or interpretations of applicability must be approved by Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and the approval identified by an EHS label. If items are found in hallways, the occupants will be notified. If items are not removed after notification, EHS will remove the items at the owner's expense.

Note: Medical research buildings such as MR4, MR5, MR6, Jordan Hall, Cobb Hall, Aurbach, Snyder, etc., are inspected by EHS and therefore fall under the purview of this policy.

Compliance with Policy:
Failure to comply with the requirements of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion in accordance with relevant University policies and may result in prosecution in accordance with state and federal law. This includes complying with the applicable adopted version of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code along with the associated legal proceedings to restrain, correct, or abate such alleged violation.

Questions about this policy should be directed to Environmental Health & Safety.

Major Category:
Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Next Scheduled Review:
Approved By, Date:
Policy Review Committee, 07/25/2005
Revision History:
Confirmed 1/13/23; Confirmed 10/25/19; Updated 8/3/11.
Supersedes (previous policy):

XIV.K.1: Hallway Storage and Other Hallway Use.