Residents may use a reasonable number of UL-‐approved electronic devices in their room/suite so long as they do not present a fire hazard or consume an excess of power. Devices with an exposed heating element are considered a fire hazard. The following appliances are permitted in the residence halls:
- Alarm clock
- Curling iron, electric razor, and hairdryer
- Desk/study lamp
- Electric blanket
- Electric coffee maker/tea maker
- Microwave (up to 800 watts)—one per room
- Popcorn popper
- Refrigerator (no more than 4.4 cubic feet)—one per room
- Video gaming systems
- Stereo system and/or speakers
Cooking meals is only permitted in designated hall or area kitchens. Hall kitchenettes are not intended for regular meal preparation because they cannot accommodate the number of residents in each hall.
Use of microwave ovens, popcorn poppers, or other approved electrical appliances is permitted in resident rooms/suites for preparation of snacks. One micro-fridge unit is provided in all Sherman Hall and Daniels Hall rooms. You may not prepare meals in your room/suite, as it is a violation of state health codes. If you do, you may be charged up to $50 per occurrence or lose your University Housing Contract. Small appliances with exposed heating elements (such as toasters, toaster-ovens, and electric grills) are prohibited in resident rooms at any time.
Power strips with surge suppressants are strongly encouraged for all electrical needs, especially large appliances such as refrigerators, computers, and stereos. Power strips must have a minimum rating of ETL and a maximum 15 amp self-contained circuit breaker. This will reduce the risk of a tripped circuit breaker on the floor in the event of a power surge. Do not plug multiple power strips into one another or plug an extension cord into a power strip. Extension cords without a circuit breaker are not permitted.
Furniture provided in rooms needs to remain in the assigned room. You are responsible for all the furniture in your room/suite, and will be held accountable for any damages incurred. Extra furniture may not be removed by residents from double rooms rented as singles or triples rented as doubles.
Most halls have bunk-able bed units. If residents want beds bunked, debunked, or bi-leveled, they must submit a request through MyHousing. Both roommates should submit the request in order for it to be honored. To prevent accidents and damage to the furniture, University Housing staff must perform this task for residents. Unauthorized bed changes will result in a $30 charge per room plus a charge for any damages that may result. Bed rails are available for those residents sleeping in the upper bed of bunk beds, and bed extenders are available for residents who require a longer sleeping surface. You can also request these through MyHousing if you would like to check out a bed rail or bed extender for the year.
Portable window air conditioners are not permitted in University Housing. Halls in which the University has installed window units have had the necessary electrical capacity increased to accommodate the additional electrical load. Units in Hopkins Hall are combination units for cooling and heating. Operating these units in other buildings (such as Babcock, Blaisdell, Carr, Saunders, Scott, Snyder, and Weston) during winter weather could provide a safety hazard or seriously affect the life of the unit. During the span from Thanksgiving break to spring break (or later based upon weather), the provided circuitry for the window air-conditioning unit is turned off. Students are directed to not plug the air conditioner into any other outlet in order to bypass the restriction. If you would like to use your window air conditioner during this span, please see your resident director to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Portable Air Coolers
Portable air coolers are permitted in non-air-conditioned residence halls (Barton, Lundgren, Taft, Van Doren, Leonard, and Shelden). All portable air coolers should not exceed 350 watts. Limit one portable air cooler per resident. Portable air coolers should not require ventilation through a window. Both portable air coolers should be plugged into a single power strip with a self-contained circuit breaker. The power strip must have a minimum rating of ETL and a maximum 15 amp self-contained circuit breaker.
Adding your personal touches to your room/suite will help to make it your own. We encourage you to display decorations, posters, or pictures as long as they do not deface or damage the surface or structure of the room/suite. Do not use tacks or nails in the walls, bookcases, doors, desks, or beds, but rather use poster putty or poster tape provided at the beginning of the year. Keep in mind that curtain rods or blind rods will not support the weight of plants. You may use additional furniture of your own in your room/suite as long as your roommate(s)/suitemate(s) agree to this arrangement. Due to limited storage space, no University furniture may be removed from resident rooms/suites. Carpet tape is difficult to remove and destroys the tiles. Please do not use this on your room/suite carpet.
Each room will be inspected before, during, and/or after resident occupancy, and residents will be charged for any damages. The maintenance staff schedules repair work and determines the actual repair or replacement costs. Only maintenance staff members can paint or repair University property. Normal wear and tear will be considered in assessing costs for materials and labor.
Housing staff members may enter your room/suite to perform routine building service work, maintenance functions, or life-safety inspections. Notices of scheduled maintenance will be posted in advance on floor bulletin boards, on room/suite doors, or in resident mailboxes. Maintenance and building service workers will lock your room when they leave, even if the room/suite was unlocked when they entered. A University Housing staff member may enter resident rooms if danger to life, safety, health, or property is suspected. Furthermore, staff may open your room/suite to law enforcement officers who are in pursuit of a fleeing suspect or who present an applicable warrant. No other third parties (including parents, siblings, romantic partners, etc.) will be allowed access to your room/suite by a staff member. Additionally, entry into your room/suite may be authorized if a community disturbance is originating from a room, such as a loud alarm clock or stereo, and you are not present to address the problem. You will be notified if a staff member enters your room/suite under these circumstances. If any unattended burning odors (including, but not limited to, food, cigarettes, or other tobacco-like substances) can be detected from the hallway, staff members may enter your room/suite to ensure that a life-safety situation does not exist.
During announced periods and during vacations, staff members may inspect your room/suite to assess possible fire and life-safety hazards. Damages in your room will also be noted during these inspections. Staff do not open drawers or search through personal belongings. They will report apparent violations of regulations or statutes to the appropriate office. Both you and your roommate(s)/suitemate(s) will be billed for damages, missing furniture, or irregularities encountered in the room/suite if the staff cannot determine who is responsible.
Life-safety room/suite inspections are conducted early in the fall semester and again as needed by the resident advisor or University Housing staff. Staff will assess the hazards or life-safety concerns associated with the following items:
- Electrical cords: use of extension cords without circuit breakers, cords that are damaged, overloaded, routed under carpet, not UL-approved, etc.
- Overloaded electrical outlets: UL-approved power strips with circuit breakers should be used
- Refrigerators: less than 4.4 cubic feet, only one per room permitted, must be plugged directly into wall outlet
- Hazardous cooking and household appliances: microwaves are the only cooking appliances permitted; halogen lamps and space heaters are prohibited
- Flammable liquids: storage of kerosene, fuel, or fuel containers prohibited
- Self-closing door hinges: may not be removed from student room and hallway doors
- Excessive combustible materials: excess trash or recyclables; ceilings, smoke detectors, walls or windows covered with drapes or posters; excessive holiday light strings; etc.
- Lofts: lofts that were not provided by University Housing are prohibited
- Furnishings: in contact with room heaters
- Smoke detector: functioning and not tampered with, covered, disconnected, or removed
- Cigarettes, candles, incense, vaporizers: use is prohibited in the residence halls
In addition, the following items will be checked for compliance with residence hall policies:
- Pets: fish are the only permitted pets (fish tank must be five gallons or less)
- Lounge furnishings: for public use, not individual room/suite use
- Highway/street/construction signs: considered stolen property and will be reported to the University Police
- Alcohol containers: may not be used for decoration even if empty.
If problems are identified, residents will be notified and will have three days to correct the concern. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action and fines.
If you have not already done so, check the provisions of any family homeowner or personal property insurance you may have for coverage of your personal property in the residence halls. University insurance does not cover students' personal possessions. We recommend engraving all valuables with your state abbreviation and driver's license number for identification purposes. Doing so can assist police in tracing stolen items nationwide. If you decide to bring expensive equipment to campus, make sure to inventory and record serial numbers for your records.
Students are responsible for the security of their own property. The University and the residence halls do not accept responsibility for the theft, damage, or other loss of money, valuables, or personal effects in or on University or residence hall property, including storage areas and parking lots. Check the personal property section of your home insurance policy for coverage in the event of such a loss. Residents are strongly encouraged to acquire renter's insurance to cover their possessions.
To reduce thefts from occurring:
- lock the room door at all times (including when showering)
- engrave property with a driver's license number
- report strangers or unescorted guests on the floor
- call a staff member when something or someone seems suspicious
- report any theft promptly to University Police and the Residential Life staff
During the semester, any personal belongings left in laundry rooms, bathrooms, or public spaces will be discarded, recycled, or donated to a charity.