Items that are NOT permitted

Prohibited Items and Prohibited Conduct

As a residential college, it is important for students to maintain their residential space in a way that promotes health, safety, and community. As a result, there are certain items and behaviors that are not permitted in the residence halls. Students are responsible for the items contained and the events that occur in their rooms.

Prohibited Items

  • Guns, firearms, knives longer than three-inches, or weapons of any type, including BB and pellet guns
  • Candles and/or incense (lit or unlit)
  • Room-heating devices, including all space heaters, kerosene or oil lamps, and alcohol burners. Space heaters provided by Facilities Services to accommodate temporary heat concerns are permitted.
  • 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
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.
  • Drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs
  • Animals or pets of any kind (with the exception of certified service animals, approved emotional support animals, and/or non-carnivorous fish)
  • Electrical appliances with an exposed heating source (e.g. toaster ovens, toasters, hot plates, air fryers). Apartments are limited to one such appliance to be kept in the kitchen.
  • Overloaded electrical receptacles, faulty extension cords, halogen lamps
  • Light dimmers, ceiling fans, or any other device that replaces, adds to, or interferes with any room apparatus
  • Grills of any type (with the exception of Foreman-style grills in apartments)
  • Portable washers, dryers, and dishwashers
  • Mini refrigerators with the exception of the microfridges provided by the College
  • Air conditioners with the exception of approved units that are provided and installed by the College through the disabilities accommodation process
  • Microwaves other than the College-provided microfridges in non-apartments (Apartments are limited to one microwave which would be provided by the student(s) living in the apartment.
  • Portable cooking appliances in non-kitchen areas.
  • Nails, screws, hooks, staples, adhesives such as duct and packaging tape, LED light tape, or other items that will damage walls and flooring
  • Dartboards and darts
  • Excessive furniture that blocks or restricts egress
  • Three-section couches
  • Waterbeds and beds other than twin size (unless provided by the College)
  • Live trees
  • Personal lofts
  • Attaching hammocks to the interior or exterior of any College building

Note: The preceding list is not all-inclusive; any item that is a threat to public safety may be removed. In addition to confiscation, violators may be subject to conduct action.

Prohibited Conduct

  • Smoking inside any residential space; this includes the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes (Smoking must occur at least 15 feet away from any building.)
  • Draping or placing objects, including fabric, over lighting fixtures, smoke detectors, or fire sprinkler systems
  • Hanging stringed lights on the exterior of buildings without the advanced, expressed, written consent of the Office of Residential Education
  • Wrapping or placing wires or stringed lights in the area of beds
  • Lending keys to others; copying keys; or possession of keys that are not authorized for your use
  • Water fights, ball playing, bike riding, or similar activities which may cause harm to persons or property (clarify location, inside the residence halls?)
  • Storage of bicycles in stairwells or hallways
  • Storage of personal items such as sports bags/equipment, furniture, or suitcases in stairwells or hallways
  • Throwing any items into or out of windows
  • Altering, tampering, or dismantling any door closure or propping open any exterior door
  • Solicitation of goods or services
  • Painting, wallpapering, or similarly decorating individual rooms or common areas unless prior approval is given by the Office of Residential Education and Facilities Services
  • Repairing any damages to walls, ceiling, or floors
  • Removal or replacement of light bulbs in ceiling fixtures that have not been approved by Facilities Services 
  • Removal and replacement of shower heads and installation of water filtering devices
  • Removal, destruction, disassembling, or altering of room furniture
  • Removing screens from windows
  • Installation of privately owned air conditioners
  • Installing wall partitions or paneling
  • Modifying or tampering with circuit breakers or any part of the electrical system
  • Installing and subscribing to a cable or satellite TV provider
  • Installing personal locks or chains on doors or windows
  • Sleeping in public areas of the residence halls by residents and/or guests
  • Entering the Quarry pond, including wading, swimming, and ice skating
  • Vehicle maintenance on college property
  • Flushing of wipes, both flushable and non-flushable brands