Housing & Residence Life

Safety and Security

Our campus safety teams are dedicated to making your new campus home safe, secure and interactive. Be sure to explore the opportunities for employment as a Resident  Assistant in one of our residence communities.

Access Security

Windward Commons exterior doors are equipped with electronic access control so that only residents and appropriate staff can enter. Apartment and bedrooms doors are secured by traditional locks.

Cooking with the Cops

University Police hosts cooking and basic kitchen safety classes in the Windward Commons. All first-year residents are required to participate in this class prior to using the kitchens in Windward Commons. All residents are welcome to attend.

Emergency Notification

The Armstrong BLAST emergency notification system will notify students, faculty, and staff through voice and text messages during a campus emergency. Messages can be sent to landline phones, cell phones, and email addresses within minutes. Emergency information will also be posted on the university website. You may update your BLAST contact information through your PORT of Armstrong account.

Fire Protection

The apartments, bedrooms, and common areas are equipped with protection systems including fire alarms and fire sprinklers.

Armstrong performs random fire drills in the residence hall and apartment communities throughout the year. Make sure you evacuate the building whenever you hear the alarm sound.

Evacuation points for the residential communities are as follow:
  • Compass Point 1000, 2000, 5000, 6000: Compass Point Clubhouse Area or by Volleyball Net
  • Compass Point 3000, 4000, 7000, 8000: Compass Point Clubhouse Area or by Gazebo
  • Windward Commons: Brick Path in Front of Windward Commons
  • University Terrace 1, 2 and University Crossings: University Crossings Parking Lot

Hurricane Evacuation

All residents are responsible for their own evacuation plan. Evacuation plan information can be updated at any time on residents' housing applications. In the event of a hurricane evacuation, check-out of the residence hall and apartment communities at the following location:
  • Compass Point 1000, 2000, 5000, 6000: Compass Point Clubhouse Office
  • Compass Point 3000, 4000, 7000, 8000: Compass Point Main Housing Office
  • Windward Commons East Tower: Windward Commons East Classroom
  • Windward Commons West Tower: Windward Commons West Classroom
  • University Terrace 1, 2 and University Crossings: University Crossings Office

Residence Life Live-In Staff

Armstrong's residence hall and apartment communities are staffed with Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and live-in professional staff who are trained in emergency response and work closely with our University Police to ensure students' safety. Residence Life staff live in our residential communities to fully emerge themselves in the residential experience, in order to better ensure safety conditions within the housing facilities. 

Personal Articles

Armstrong does not assume legal or financial obligation for any students' personal property that may be lost or damaged in its buildings or on its grounds (including but not limited to failure or interruption of utilities and unforeseen accidents / injuries). Students and/or their parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such losses. Armstrong recommends National Student Services, Inc. or CSI Insurance Agency, Inc.

24/7 Police & Surveillance

University Police Department is a fully empowered law enforcement agency. The main objective of this department is to ensure the safety, peace and tranquility of the academic community and our residence halls. Police officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day. Closed circuit surveillance cameras, monitored by the police department, are located around the residence halls' entrance/exit doors and throughout campus.

Security Outside the Halls

Emergency telephones and exterior lighting are located outside each building, in the residence hall parking lots, and along all of our frequented walkways. Armstrong recommends all residents take safety seriously by being aware of their surroundings and be very proactive in reporting any suspicious activity.  It is always better to over report than under report when it comes to safety. 

Be on the look out for more safety and security tips in your latest Compass Connection Newsletter.