1.2 What Not to Bring - Prohibited Items - And What to Bring

Certain items residents may take for granted at home can prove impractical or harmful in a group living community or apartment.

Some items listed are specifically prohibited by law and/or University policy.

Residents found with these and/or other prohibited items in their room or apartment will be asked to remove the item and may be subject to disciplinary action through the office of Student Standards and Conduct. Items prohibited by law may be subject to immediate confiscation by university officials.

Prohibited Items

  • Air conditioners - including window and portable units. These are only allowed where installed by University Housing staff.
  • Pets, except for harmless fish in an aquarium less than 10 gallons
  • Candles (lit or unlit), incense and open flame/open coil activated potpourri and wax warmer products such as "Scentsy"
  • Torches
  • Cooking appliances (except for microwave ovens, coffee makers, hot pots, and popcorn poppers with closed coil heating elements)
    • All open-heating coil devices such as toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, etc. (any appliance with a heating element residents can touch and/or see glowing when on)
    • Due to increased risk of fire, this prohibition extends to “George Foreman-style grills,” and “NuWave,” Instant Pots and pressure cookers or any type of induction-heating device (This includes air fryers
  • Dart boards that use metal-tipped darts
  • Electric blankets or bed warmers without an automatic shut off.
  • Electronic scooters, bikes, skateboards, and other similar equipment such as self-balancing boards
    • Due to a potential fire hazard, they are prohibited from being stored and/or charged inside any University Housing residences, including those managed by University Housing.
  • Grills - either outdoor or indoor (including electric steam grills)
  • “3-in-1” laundry sheets
  • Lighting fixtures using any type of halogen light bulbs
  • Muti-plug outlet adapters or power strips without an internal circuit breaker
  • Nails, screws, etc. for walls
  • Paintball guns or guns of any kind
  • Space heaters of any type
  • Wading pools, spas
  • Waterbeds
  • Water coolers
  • Weapons
    • This includes tasers, bladed, blunt, projectile including guns, bows and arrows, explosives and fireworks and other incendiary devices.
    • Knives larger than 4 inches are only allowed in the kitchens of Duncan apartments.
  • Wireless printers that communicate in the 2.4 or 5 Gigahertz (GHz)
  • Other items (Those prohibited by law and/or University policy - See Policy 4.12 Firearms in Residential Facilities for more information.)

Flags, signs, banners, or any other type of item may not be attached to the exterior of any University residence, tree, or hedging without written approval from University Housing.

Items may not be hung for display in windows or balconies of any student residence.

Suggested Items For Your Room

  • Alarm clock
  • Closet curtain and tension rod
  • First aid kit
    • COVID home test kits. Order free tests at COVIDtests.gov to your current home address (cannot be accepted at on-campus mailing addresses).
    • Over the counter flu/cold medications
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Small tools – pliers, measuring tape, scissors, rubber mallet for lofts, etc.
  • Clothes hangers
  • Surge protector - With all the electrical equipment that students tend to bring, it is a good idea to have at least one surge protector with an internal circuit breaker per roommate.
    • Extension cord
    • Extension cord cover
    • Cord organizer
  • Desk lamp: no halogen bulbs
  • Photos, posters, other decorations - Bring a little bit of home with you.
  • Approved Fasteners: When putting up posters, please use removable adhesive strips (3M Command Strips) or white sticky tack (removable poster putty) on concrete cinder-block walls (primarily in Pomfret, Yocum, Humphreys, Futrall, Gibson, Gregson, Holcombe, and Reid Halls, plus cinder-block walls in Hotz Honors Halls).
  • Please use “MonkeyHooks” in the Maple Hill East, Maple Hill South, Maple Hill West, Clark Hall, Gatewood Hall, Harding Hall, Morgan Hall, Founders Hall, the Duncan Avenue Apartments and dry-walled rooms in Hotz. Using nails, screws, staples, etc., to attach items to walls or furnishings is prohibited on campus.

Updated August 2022

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