Items that are NOT permitted

Prohibited Items
The following items are prohibited in residence halls:  

  • Guns, firearms, knives or weapons of any type, including BB and pellet guns which are all cause for suspension (see above for specific policy)
  • Candles and/or incense (lit or unlit)
  • Tapestries, banners and flags. These items cannot be hung on walls or ceilings. Use of flags, tapestries or non rated fabric is also prohibited from being used as a window treatment. Window treatments such as curtains must be made of a fabric that resists or retards the spreading of flames and has either a UL fire rating #723 or NFPA 225.
  • Room-heating devices, including all space heaters, kerosene or oil lamps, alcohol burners, and candles
  • Gasoline-powered items, such as motorcycles, mopeds, or parts thereof
  • Pressurized tanks (e.g. helium tanks)
  • Flammable and/or combustible liquids and/or chemicals including gasoline and charcoal
  • Grills of any type (except Foreman-style counter-top grills in kitchens, which must be UL Listed)
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.
  • Drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs
  • Loose plywood, tables longer than 3 feet
  • Animals or pets of any kind (please see Pet Policy)
  • Light "dimmers," ceiling fans, or any other device that replaces, adds to, or interferes with any room/apartment/ building apparatus
  • Cinder blocks
  • Excessive furniture that blocks or restricts egress from sleeping areas
  • Barbells or physical training equipment
  • Three section couches
  • Waterbeds and beds other than twin size
  • Dart boards/darts
  • Nails, hooks, double-faced adhesive tape, or other items that will damage walls (use white poster putty/stick tack instead)
  • Live trees (pine/Christmas)
  • Personal lofts

In addition, the following electrical appliances and corded items are prohibited in residence halls:

(Note: all cords and permitted appliances must be UL Listed)

  • Halogen lamps
  • Electrical appliances including, but not limited to, candle warmers, broilers, toasters and toaster ovens, electrical skillets, hot plates, electric woks/frying pans, crock pots, pressure cookers, microwave ovens, hotdog and hamburger cookers, Panini presses/sandwich makers, waffle irons, and heating/immersion coils are prohibited in bedrooms (NOTE: popcorn poppers, hotpots, and coffee makers with automatic shut-off are permitted)
  • Overloaded electrical receptacles (more than three appliances connected to one outlet and multiple-plug adapters with more than two cords attached)
  • Faulty or old extension cords
  • Portable washers, dryers and dish washers
  • Personal room refrigerators (unless you live in an apartment).  Gettysburg College provides a Microfridge unit for each room not in an apartment.
  • Air conditioners unless approved for special needs housing accommodations.  Documentation is required for approval.  The required forms can be found on Residence Life's website.  Accommodations are limited to people with a need due to a disability.
  • Microwaves other than a Microfridge (microwaves are permitted in apartments, limit one)
  • 2.4 GHz cordless phones (due to interference with campus wireless network)

***NOTE: The preceding list is not all inclusive; any item that is a threat to public safety may be removed. The College will continually monitor all areas through staff visits and unannounced inspections by College staff. Prohibited items found will be confiscated and not returned until the student leaves the residence. In addition to confiscation, violators may pay a monetary fine and may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the residence hall. ****