Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Public Safety

Criminal Penalties

The Wheaton community does not tolerate those few who choose to cause false fire alarms or tamper with fire safety equipment. When these individuals are identified they are subject to college and criminal sanctions.

The Massachusetts criminal law provides for the following criminal sanctions:

M.G.L. Chapter 266: Section 1- Dwelling houses; burning or aiding in burning

Maliciously setting any fire within or adjacent to a dwelling such as a student residence is a twenty-year felony.

M.G.L. Chapter 269: Section 13- False Alarm of Fire

Whoever without reasonable cause activates a fire alarm system or makes a false report of a fire violates this law. Violators are subject to a fine or not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in jail or house of correction for not more than one year.

M.G.L. Chapter 148: Section 27A- Fire Protection Devices

Shutting off, disconnection, obstruction, removal or destruction of a fire protection device, including fire alarms, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers in any building may result in criminal penalty of up to one-year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1000.00.

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