Security and Safety
Campus security is the responsibility of the Security Department, and students must conform to the rules and regulations issued by this department. Their office is in the campus warehouse.
Emergency Number: 6408222
Entrance to the Campus
The campus has eight gates, three for pedestrians and cars and five for pedestrians only. The main gate, number eight, is open 24 hours a day. The other gates are open 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. On Fridays and holiday eves, these gates are open until 4:00 PM. Entrance to the campus is permitted only during these hours and only via the gates.
Examination of Property
Personal effects must be shown at the gate for inspection, and students must identify themselves upon request. Entrance to the campus will be refused to anyone who does not identify himself or allow inspection of his personal effects.
This is by permit only. Parking permits can be obtained through the New York State/American Program office and are issued on the basis of availability. Driving and parking on-campus are in accordance with the university traffic and parking regulations. Parking in contravention of instructions constitutes an offense and is punishable by disciplinary action.
Animals on Campus
Bringing animals into campus buildings is forbidden unless by special permission of the administrative head of the faculty. This does not apply to laboratory research animals and guide dogs for the blind.
Abandoned objects are viewed as suspicious. The area must be evacuated and security personnel called. A siren with alternating high and low tones is a warning alarm indicating that the building must be evacuated as directed by the security personnel on site.
Weapons are not allowed on campus except by permit from the Security Department. Unauthorized weapons must be deposited with the Security Department. Weapons are absolutely forbidden in lecture halls and classrooms.
Personal possessions are the responsibility of each person. The Security Department must be informed in all cases of theft and loss. Lost property should be turned over to the building maintenance staff.
Removing Equipment from University Premises
This is forbidden unless authorized by the faculty to which the equipment belongs. Anyone removing equipment will be requested to show proof of ownership or permit authorizing removal.
Safety regulations are issued by the University and apply to all students and staff. Transgressions are punishable by disciplinary action.
Safe Laboratory Conduct
Laboratory work is carried out in the presence of an instructor or laboratory staff worker. Students may not remain in a laboratory alone after working hours or work in laboratories on Saturdays or holidays. All materials and equipment are handled and distributed by the instructor. Dangerous agents, including poisons, carcinogens, and infectious and radioactive substances, may be handled only with special permission and in the presence of the instructor. Students must comply with regulations regarding protective clothing and equipment such as safety glasses. Mishaps must be reported immediately to the instructor. Students may not remove furniture or equipment from a laboratory, or place them where they will hinder evacuation of the building in an emergency.
Students must be familiar with the layout of the laboratory. This includes:
- Location of dangerous agents such as gases and chemicals, and their markings and correct usage
- Arrangements for disposal of dangerous waste materials
- Placement of gas, water and air taps; main electric fuses
- Safety shower and eye wash sink; first aid equipment
Personal safety equipment and fire extinguishers. In the event of a mishap, Students must be familiar with all exits from the room and from the floor. They must take part in one evacuation drill per year.
Accidents must be reported immediately to an instructor or staff member, and students must act as instructed. They must be familiar with the emergency numbers listed on the telephones.
Students are forbidden to work with an instrument or equipment that is dirty, not in proper working condition, or that has not undergone safety testing. They may not tamper with instruments or electrical connections. Food and drink and non-laboratory equipment are not to be brought into the laboratory.
Universal Precautions to Prevent Health Hazards
- Consider all blood, visibly bloody secretions and fluids and genital secretions from all patients as infectious.
- Wear gloves when exposure to blood, bloody fluids, or genital secretions may occur. Change your gloves and wash your hands after each procedure and before contact with another patient.
- Wear a mask and goggles when blood or bloody fluids may splash into your face.
- Wear a waterproof gown when blood or bloody fluids may soak through a cloth gown.
Medical students working with patients in the clinical institutions affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine should report immediately all incidents of exposure of the following nature to blood and bodily fluid:
- parenteral (needlestick or cut)
- mucous membrane (splash to eye, nose or mouth)
- cutaneous (contact with blood or body fluids on ungloved hands or other skin surfaces that may be cut, chapped, abraded, or affected by active dermatitis).
Parenteral Exposure Risks
Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV
What you should do if exposed:
- Force bleed site if possible
- Clean wound with soap and water (special products are not necessary)
- Apply direct pressure if needed
- Flush mucous membranes with water or saline for 3-5 minutes
After First Aid:
After exposure, students should promptly notify their supervising house officer or attending physician or the infection control office in the institution where the incident occurred to evaluate possible treatment options.
Medical school building regulations forbid smoking in all classrooms during class and breaks. Currency transactions may not be carried out on medical school grounds. Games and ball-playing are forbidden in the vicinity of the building.
The first aid station is located in the Central Library, telephone 6408666. The station is open Sunday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. During the summer, it is open only until 3:30 PM (until end of October). In addition, every campus building is equipped with a first aid kit in the building maintenance office.
Paramedics are asked to give first aid in case of emergency. Students may volunteer as paramedics through the first aid station, and will be recruited in case of emergency.