Health and Safety

Room Entry

The Residence Life staff has the right to enter student 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. This includes barbeques. In addition, open flame combustibles (candles, incense, oil-burning lamps, etc.) may not be burned in or around any residential unit. Motorized conveyances 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 Life staff member 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 makeup mirrors
  • small hair dryers
  • curling irons/curlers
  • computers
  • fans
  • televisions
  • DVD players

Each appliance/device must be UL-approved and must not be left unattended when in use. Before usage, Residence Life must approve any appliance not included in these lists.


Students are not allowed to keep animals of any kind, though exceptions exist for students with accommodations granted through APU’s Accessibility Services. Feeding and temporarily keeping animals in or around living areas is also prohibited; residents who do so will be subject to a fine, cleaning and fumigation fees, and possible disciplinary action. Students are responsible for any damage done by approved or nonapproved animals in their unit.