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Loft Policy

Due to the safety risk that loft beds present due to poor construction or use of materials which present a fire hazard, many institutions have begun to ban the use of lofts on campus. In an effort to enable Berry students to have a loft if they desire, the Office of Residence Life has chosen a loft which can be easily rented and meets all necessary safety requirements.

Lofts…The Basics

The use of lofts is limited to the residence halls not equipped with new furniture. Morgan, Deerfield, Pilgrim and rooms in Dana Hall are equipped with furniture that lofts and third party lofts are not permitted in those areas.

New Lofts…How to Get One

New lofts may be rented from Campus Loft:

Telephone: 877-bed-loft
Website: Campus Loft

What To Do Once You Have a Loft

Once a loft has been installed in your room, please do the following:

  1. Register the loft with the residence life office; registration materials can be found in RA Offices or the Office of Residence Life.
  2. Have the loft inspected.
  3. Keep all original furniture and bedding in the room. The bed will be incorporated into any new lofts (Campus Loft). If you are using an older loft, the springs (can be incorporated into the loft), head and foot boards must be stored in your room.
  4. When you vacate your room, you are responsible for the dismantling old lofts and returning the room to its original condition. Failure to do will result in a $75.00 charge from the Physical Plant. Rental lofts will be removed by Campus Lofts.

Assembly

  • New lofts from Campus Loft that are purchased over the summer will be delivered and installed for you.
  • No part of any assembly may be attached via a bolt, nail, screw, wedge, or otherwise, in any manner to the ceiling, floor, walls or college furnishings.
  • Lofts shall not be constructed in any way that would obstruct the full swing of any door. Additionally, the loft shall in no way obstruct the window or access thereto. When a room has more than one window, there must be at least one window left totally and completely unobstructed. State fire regulations and local building codes require at least one window from each sleeping room be unobstructed and ready for use in event of fire or other emergency. Lofts shall not be constructed in any way that would obstruct the full swing or any door, or access to any exit path or closet.
  • Lofts must be located and constructed in such a way that they do not interfere with access to the heating units, plumbing or other items needing periodic maintenance.
  • Loft assembly in the residence halls may not begin before 11:00 am and may not continue past 9:00 pm. Residents are responsible for cleaning up all material, equipment,
  • The mattress provided by Berry must be used in the loft.
  • The bed must be re-assembled when the loft is removed. (Campus Loft will remove their loft after your departure in May).
  • All construction and components in the construction, including mattresses, borders, etc. should be no less than 33 inches from the ceiling. Safety railings will be allowed only if they do not interfere with the free and easy dismounting of the loft.
  • Attached room fixtures (curtain rods, blinds, light fixtures, phones, electrical outlets/switches, heating covers, built-in furniture, etc.) may not be removed, relocated, or altered.
  • The resident who registers the loft assumes responsibility for any damages to the room caused by the loft.
  • Lofts are to be completely dismantled and removed from the room when you vacate the room permanently. At that time, the room should conform to the original room inventory card check-in listings. Residents will assume financial responsibility for bed frames not assembled in the room. Failure to remove a loft will result in loss of the loft and a removal fee of at least $125.00.

Safety Guidelines

  • Each wooden loft shall have at least one battery-powered ionization-type smoke detector attached to the highest part of the loft so that smoke from a fire originating on the loft surface or in an area below the loft top will easily and promptly reach the detector. A second detector is recommended but not required on the underside of the loft. Smoke detectors must be U.L. (Underwriter's Laboratories) or F.M. (Factory Mutual) listed. Detectors shall be operational at all times and should be tested weekly by the loft owner. Detectors will be tested during Health & Safety checks made by residence life staff.
  • Each wooden loft shall have a U.L., or F.M. listed multipurpose (ABC type) dry chemical portable fire extinguisher out in an easily accessible location in the room or on the loft near the door to an exit corridor. The extinguisher shall be maintained ready for use at all times and will be checked on the same basis as the smoke detector to insure it is functional.
  • There shall not be any flammable or combustible material, or any material subject to melting or dripping when exposed to heat, attached to or suspended from the ceiling of the room. Such materials shall not be suspended around the sleeping area of the loft. Examples of prohibited materials include, but are not limited to, drapes, flags, fishnets, parachutes, or wood construction. Such materials are prohibited due to rapid horizontal flame spread over the ceiling of the loft.

Approval

When assembly is completed, personnel from the Office of Residence Life will check the quality of assembly and approve it. If the structure does not meet the loft policy standards, you will then have ten calendar days to correct or disassemble the loft. A second inspection will be conducted to insure compliance. If the deadline is not met, the entire loft may be removed at a cost of $75.00. Loft components removed by Physical Plant will be disposed of by Physical Plant and will not be available for return to you.

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