Weather Procedures

Tornadoes / Severe Storms

Oklahoma is a beautiful state, but unfortunately we are also home to a fair share of tornados. It is important to be prepared in case one of these storms heads towards Tulsa. When these storms come a tornado siren usually precedes them. To hear what the siren sounds like, go outside any Wednesday at noon, that is when they are tested. You can also hear the sirens at many of the Golden Hurricane football games.

Watches vs. Warnings

So you’re watching TV and county names start scrolling across the bottom of the screen and are labeled
watch or warning, and you are wondering just what this means. First it is important to know we are located in Tulsa County. It’s highlighted in red on the map located on this page. It is important to know the difference between a watch and a warning so you know whether or not to take cover.

Tornado Watch

This means there is a chance of tornado forming

Tornado Warning

This means a tornado has been seen or detected by radar.

Safety Procedures

If a tornado warning is issued, it is important for you to move from your room to a place of greater safety, away from the top floors of the halls and apartments and away from windows or glass. Most injuries and deaths from tornadoes are due to flying debris. Generally, interior hallways, bathrooms, and basements are best. Take a blanket to shield yourself from potential flying or falling debris, and remain calm until staff gives the “all clear”. Those wishing to risk their lives by viewing the tornado are asked to leave University property.

If A Tornado Siren Sounds

  • Remain calm
  • You MUST proceed to the designated Tornado Safety Area in your
  • building
  • Remain in shelter until University staff has given the “ALL CLEAR” signal. Housing staff members will let you know when it is safe to leave the shelter
  • Do not go outside

Storm Shelters

Fisher South, 7th Street House, 5th Place House, LaFortune House, & Sorority Row residents are to evacuate to the ground floor hallway with room doors closed.

Fisher West Suites, John Mabee Hall, & Lottie Jane Mabee Hall residents evacuate to the basement area.

Apartment residents are to evacuate to any Residence Hall (in the designated area), the Reynolds Center,
Keplinger Hall, or Collins Fitness Center (during normal operating hours)

Adapted from The 2012-2013 Guide to Campus Living

TU Bricks

A few years ago, the TU Annual Fund started offering personalized bricks for a $100 donation.

Graduating from college is such a special time for everyone involved—from students and their family members, to teachers past and present. This program is a wonderful way to make that day a part of TU forever.

Bricks are engraved and laid in the Bayless Plaza, plus a photo of your brick is sent to you. Since the order is on a rolling basis, the bricks are laid in batches, so the brick you order now will not be at Bayless for graduation.

The most interesting part of this program is that it is open to TU alumni and friends as well, so you can honor a loved one or a student’s favorite professor as well!

As a TU alumna myself, it was such an honor for my parents to purchase a brick for me to celebrate my undergraduate graduation. Now, as a TU graduate student, I get to talk by Bayless Plaza and find my name among many of my classmates and am reminded of the wonderful years I have had at TU and that I am part of this university’s legacy long after graduation.

Please consider purchasing a brick in honor your student or loved one, it is such a special gift.

TU Brick Program


Campus Housing Information

While many of us have already helped to move a student into campus housing once, I thought it would be a good time to discuss some things for moving on campus.


New students are required to live on campus except under certain circumstances:

All first/second year students at TU live on campus.  The University established the 1st/2nd year residency requirement because students clearly benefit from living in environment designed with your needs in mind.  Living on campus is an important part of the TU experience. (

Housing Waiver

First and second year students are also required to have a meal plan:

Certain immunizations are required to live on campus, barring certain medical, religious and personal reasons which require a waiver:

Residence Halls

TU suggests bringing these things to campus if you are living in a dorm:

  • Twin XL Sheets (39″ X 80″)
  • Pillows & Comforter
  • Plants
  • 3M Command Adhesive
  • Pictures, Posters
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry supplies
  • Shower bucket/tote
  • Bath robe, towels
  • Multiple outlet strip (w/surge protector)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Iron/ Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Alarm Clock
  • Computer w/ Ethernet card
  • School Supplies
  • Stamps
  • 1 or 2 storage bins
  • X-Box, Playstation, Wii
  • TV and Stereo
  • Bike
  • Snack Food

Each of the TU residence halls offer:

  • Air-conditioning
  • An evening reception/security/service desk and electronic card access on outside doors
  • In-room Ethernet ports to connect to the TU computer network
  • In-room expanded cable (premium channels extra) plus TU’s own Residence Life TV (RLTV) Channel 24 with premium movies each month
  • Room furnishings: desk, chair, bunkable bed, closet (or‑wardrobe), dresser, and wastebasket
  • Study lounge(s)
  • Big-screen television with cable and DVD players
  • Free washer and dryers connected to On-line Laundry Alert service
  • Vending machines
  • Microwaves and ice machines

On-Campus Apartments

The TU on-campus apartments are not furnished, so it is important to remember that you must bring your own furniture.

Before a student can pick up his or her key, TU must see proof that the student has initiated electric service through PSO. This can be done online through PSO’s website:

Apartment rates include internet, basic cable and water—if the student wants premium cable, telephone, or other services, he or she must make those arrangements with a provider in the Tulsa-area, such as Cox Cable:

Unlike residence halls, apartments are not closed over school breaks, meaning that students do not have to check out for Thanksgiving Break, Christmas/Winter Break, or Spring Break. Students also have the ability to store their items at their apartments during the summer break for a fee:

 Mail Services

For students in residence halls, there are mailboxes near the front desk. When a student checks in, he or she will receive the mailbox key.

Apartment dwellers have mailboxes located in a common area—this is usually near a clubhouse. Upon check-in, the student should be informed where his or her mailbox is located.

Packages will be picked up at Mail Services in ACAC. Students receive email notifications that a package has arrived, instructing them to bring their Student ID to the Mail Services window.

Students LOVE receiving letters and packages, but it can be confusing to figure out the correct mailing address, so here is a handy PDF to help with that: Mailing Addresses