The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Laws

Miscellaneous Laws that Might Apply

Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990

15 U.S.C. § 2201et seq.

Fire prevention and control guidelines, set forth at 15 U.S.C. § 2225, apply to colleges and universities that hold meetings, conferences, seminars, and other activities sponsored in whole or in part by federal funds. This includes installation of fire and smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems where applicable.

See 64 Fed. Reg. 20,304(April 26, 1999), Applicability of Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act to Colleges and Universities. From Notice: 

SUMMARY: We (FEMA) give notice of the applicability of the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act to colleges and universities. Colleges and universities that hold meetings, conferences, seminars and other activities sponsored or funded in whole or part by Federal monies must comply with the fire prevention and control guidelines under the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act, including installation of smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems where applicable.

Facilities Included

The facilities would include any dormitories or other college- or university-owned buildings used to house and serve attendees at the meeting, conference, seminar, or other activity that is funded in whole or in part by Federal funds. If the college or university elects to hold such activities without Federal funding or sponsorship, the requirement of the Act would not apply. However, if the Master List does not include the facilities in accordance with the Act, the Act
encourages Federal agencies not to have their employees attend or stay in such facilities.


updated 1-5-18 mlo