Health and Safety Inspections


Residential Life, Columbia Housing, and Fire Safety conduct annual Health and Safety Inspections. During inspections, University staff enter student spaces to ensure that all fire safety equipment is in place and in functioning order, and that there are no prohibited items. If prohibited items are on the premises, residents will be given 48 hours to remove them. Certain items may be disposed of immediately.


Residents will receive email notification from Columbia Housing 48 hours prior to their building’s inspection date and do not need to be present. Inspection times cannot be rescheduled. Residents may expect follow-up from Residential Life and/or Student Conduct and Community Standards if prohibited items, fire safety violations, or any other policy violations are discovered.

To prepare your space and expedite the inspection process, please ​fully raise your blinds prior to the inspection appointment.