Safety and Security

Asbestos Management

The management plan for asbestos containing building materials required by the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) has been performed for St. Andrewʼs-Sewanee School in Franklin County, Tennessee. The management plan is on file at the school and is available for public inspection. If desired, a copy of the plan may be obtained upon payment of a reasonable reproduction cost. For information, please contact the Director of Physical Plant.


Dangerous Items

Firearms, pellet guns, BB guns, paintball guns, Airsoft guns, sling shots, fireworks, explosives, knives, and all other dangerous items are prohibited by the school and may not be brought to campus. Middle School students may not possess any type of knife while at school or on school trips. Upper School students may not have in their possession a knife unless the knife is approved by the teacher leading the trip. 

Emergency Procedures


Fire drills will be conducted once a month in campus residence halls and other buildings. At the sound of the fire alarm students are to remain quiet and follow the instructions of their teacher. Students will be directed to walk single file to a designated exit and move as a group (class, residence hall, team…) to a predetermined area. There is to be no talking or running during the drill. Students are to stay with their group until the "all clear" signal is sounded, at which time students will return to their scheduled classes or activities.


In the event of a tornado warning, students are to follow the instructions of teachers or administrators who will direct students to the nearest predetermined safety zone. Those designated safety zones are the west corridor of Simmonds Hall and the basements of Langford Hall, St. Maryʼs Hall, and the gymnasium, and the hallways/study rooms in other residential houses. Students are to stay with their group until the "all clear" signal is sounded, at which time students will return to their scheduled classes or activities.

Lock Down

When a lockdown has been issued, students will be directed to the nearest securable safety zone and issued specific instructions. Students must not use cell phones during a lockdown situation.

Because proper execution of these drills is critical for the safety of this community, students are cautioned to follow the directions of teachers, staff, and administrators quickly and precisely. The school will consider it a serious disciplinary matter if a student does not offer full cooperation.

Fire Regulations

These regulations, which are necessary for the personal safety of all those living in residential houses, are based on the recommendations of the Sewanee Fire Department and fire safety experts:        

  • No flame burning devices such as matches, lighters, candles, lanterns, or incense will be permitted.
  • Rooms may never be locked when students are inside.
  • No cooking appliances, such as hot plates, toaster ovens, rice cookers, coffee pots, or microwave ovens may be used in residential house rooms. Rice cookers, coffee pots, and microwaves (used appropriately) may be used in the common rooms with proper supervision.
  • No space heaters are allowed in residential house rooms.
  • Large pieces of flammable cloth may not be hung in residential house rooms.
  • No fireworks or highly flammable substances may be kept anywhere in the residential house.
  • Hair dryers and curling irons must be unplugged when not in use.
  • Extension cords will be limited to one nine-foot cord per outlet.
  • NOTHING, including bicycles, may be kept in residential house hallways or stairwells.


St. Andrewʼs-Sewanee School is committed to providing an environment where community members and visitors are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. It is our policy to prevent and correct all instances of disrespectful behavior and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic background, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

Before considering the specific issue of harassment, it is to be clearly understood that any sexual relationship between faculty, staff or volunteers and students is forbidden.

Harassment is hurtful to the victim and to others in the community. In many cases, it is unlawful. The determination of what constitutes harassment will depend upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs. Harassment may be subtle and indirect or blatant and overt. Bullying and hazing are harassment and will not be tolerated.

In this community, it is important that we live in mutual respect. Actions or words that may be acceptable outside of St. Andrewʼs-Sewanee School may not be acceptable in this community. 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment consists of unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It may involve:

  • suggestions that submission to or rejection of the conduct will influence academic decisions (grades, for example) or evaluations or permission to participate in any activity; or
  • conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individualʼs academic or Afternoon Program performance by creating a hostile or intimidating environment; or
  • conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile or intimidating living environment.
Other Forms of Harassment

Like sexual harassment, visual, verbal, or physical harassment of individuals based on race, color, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic background, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status is prohibited. Bullying is harassment and will not be tolerated. Even if the motivation behind the action is good-natured and without meanness, remarks or gestures about individuals’ personal characteristics to which they may reasonably take offense are unacceptable. Examples of harassment might include:

Verbal: Foul or offensive language; jokes of an offensive nature; suggestive comments; degrading words to describe someoneʼs anatomy, clothing, appearance, or "bad reputation"; repeated flirting with someone who is not interested; "rating" an individual; asking for sexual favors.

Non-Verbal: Displaying offensive or degrading pictures or symbols, circulating offensive or sexually suggestive objects, drawings or pictures; suggestive, insulting or obscene sounds; leering; offensive body language; graffiti or other writings, or music of an insulting or offensive nature; leaving unwanted notes or love letters.

Physical: Unwanted contact which may include touching, pinching, hugging, or brushing up against someoneʼs body; preventing someone from leaving the area; pulling at clothing; playing sexual games.

If a student feels that they have been harassed by an adult, the student is strongly encouraged to discuss the matter with the Dean of Students, the Chaplain, the Head of School, or any other trusted adult. That person will then follow procedures as outlined in the employee handbook. Every effort will be made to protect the student’s privacy.

If a student feels they are being harassed by another student, the offended student should initiate the procedure described below. If a student witnesses a harassment incident, the student should take action (tell a trusted adult or proctor, for example) or encourage the victim to take action. To the extent reasonably possible, harassment situations will be investigated and remedied in a way that respects the privacy concerns of the individuals involved.

Informal Action

The student should tell the person to STOP. This may be done in person or in writing. (The student may want to keep a copy of the written request.) The student may do it at the time of the action, or may do it later when the person is not with a group of people. The student should tell the person what was (is) offensive and insist that it stop. If the person understands and the student trusts the behavior will stop, the matter could end there. The student may prefer to tell a teacher, house parent, advisor, another trusted adult, or a proctor. That person will make every effort to protect the student’s privacy and will work to resolve the problem.

Formal Action

If the student feels that any informal discussion is inadequate or unsuccessful or if the offense is severe, the problem should be communicated to the Dean of Students, the Chaplain, the Head of School, or any other trusted adult. Information will be gathered and a written report will be completed. Any investigation will be handled in a way that respects the privacy concerns of the individuals involved.

  • The report will detail what happened.
  • Parents/guardians may be notified.
  • The appropriate administrator will investigate allegations and will have discussions with the students involved and any other individual who may have information.

When a student has been found to be in violation of this harassment policy, formal disciplinary action may take place. A written report of the investigation and resolution will be kept on file.

No reprisals will be taken against any individual who in good faith makes a complaint about a behavior that is in violation of this policy. Intentionally false complaints, however, are grounds for disciplinary action.

Nothing in this policy is intended to discourage open discussion of controversial subjects and the free expression of views.


  • Report suspicious cars and people to the Dean of Students, a house parent, the AOC, or the TIC immediately.
  • Do not prop open residential house entrance doors.
  • Do not remove residential house window screens.
  • Lock unoccupied residential house rooms and do not leave the key in the door.

Visitors on Campus

People who are not members of the St. Andrewʼs-Sewanee community are asked not to be on campus unless the school invites them. Students who wish to have visitors here on a particular occasion should ask for permission from the Dean of Students and Academic Dean, Middle School Coordinator, or from the weekend TICs or AOC. All visitors must sign in with personnel in either Langford or Bishop Bratton Hall, or the Owen Student Union on weekends. Visitors are expected to comply with all school rules and policies while on campus.

Visitors who wish to stay on campus for an extended period of time (more than one night) must get permission (prior to making travel and accommodation plans) from the Dean of Students. No guests are allowed during Opening Weekend, exam periods, and/or Commencement Weekend.



Main Number 931.598.5651*
Weekend/Union 931.598.5653*
Administrator-on-Call 931.636.4720

*Links to dial-by-name option and emergency contact

For general new and returning student concerns, student activities, and travel, contact:
Geoffrey Smith
Dean of Students 

Shawna Midgett
Asst. to the Academic Dean

Kelley Black
Associate Head of School/Academic Dean

Rachel Malde
Middle School Coordinator 

Derek Perkins
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Rob Zeitler
Director of Athletics

Dan Monahan
COVID Coordinator

Melissa Gilliam
Director of the Health Clinic

Molly Short

Sherri Bergman
Director of Communications & Marketing