Health and Safety

Room Entry, Flammables, Smoke Alarms, Appliances

Room Entry

The Housing Services staff has the right to enter students’ rooms/units to confirm assignments and room conditions, check furniture inventory, and respond to furniture work order requests.


At no time may any flammable items be stored in or around living areas. Open flame/combustibles (candles, incense, oil-burning lamps, etc.) may not be burned in any residential unit. Fuel-driven engines such as motorcycles, mopeds, etc., may not be stored in or around living areas. Also prohibited are live wreaths, Christmas trees and boughs, and large decorative Christmas lights. Posters, tapestries, etc., may not be hung or placed on ceilings or covering doorways.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms must not be tampered with in any way (e.g., removing the batteries, disconnecting, etc.). Any student found doing so will be subject to disciplinary action.


The residence director for each living area is the final authority on what appliances will be allowed in student living areas. For reasons related to fire safety and electrical loads, electrical appliance usage must be limited. In general, any appliance/device with an open flame or exposed heating element is prohibited, as are electrical appliances that draw significant electrical current. Prohibited appliances/devices may include, but are not limited to: air conditioners/ceiling fans, broiler ovens, electric saucepans/skillets, microwaves (in the halls), hot plates, oil popcorn poppers, space heaters, toasters (in the halls), extension cords, or any appliance not clearly marked as UL-approved. Acceptable electric appliances/devices (when used with proper care) include circuit-breaker-protected power bars, reading lamps, hot-air popcorn poppers, thermostatic hot pots, small dorm room refrigerators, sewing machines, clocks, lighted make-up mirrors, small hair dryers, curling irons/curlers, computers, fans, televisions, and DVD players. Each appliance/device must be UL-approved and must not be left unattended when in use. Before usage, the residence director must approve any appliance not included in these lists.