Health and Safety

COVID-19: Living in Community

All residents are required to exercise self-leadership and mutual respect in their interactions with one another. Residents are expected to take active steps to promote and protect not only their own health and well-being, but that of others within the community as well. Therefore, residents must adhere to all the health and safety protocols found on the Health Center site.


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. Other nonflammable holiday decorations may be used in compliance with all Facility Use policies. 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.

Appliances and Equipment

For reasons related to fire safety, electrical loads, and community disruption, electrical appliance and equipment usage must be limited. In general, any appliance/device with an open flame or exposed heating element is prohibited, as are electrical appliances and equipment that draw significant electrical current or are deemed too disruptive to the community. Prohibited appliances/devices may include, but are not limited to:

  • Air conditioners/ceiling fans
  • Any appliance not clearly marked as UL-approved
  • Electric saucepans/skillets
  • Extension cords
  • Hot plates
  • Instant pots/air fryers (in the halls)
  • Microwaves (in the halls)
  • Space heaters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Toasters (in the halls)

Acceptable electric appliances/devices (when used with proper care) include:

  • Circuit-breaker-protected power bars
  • Clocks
  • Computers
  • Curling irons/curlers
  • Dorm-room refrigerators (must be marketed as mini or compact)
  • DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Electric hot pots (for water)
  • Fans
  • Hair dryers (small)
  • Reading lamps
  • Televisions/gaming systems

Each appliance/device must be UL-approved and must not be left unattended when in use. For any appliance not included in these lists, Residence Life must give approval before it is used. If the use of any of your items poses a health or safety concern, causes a disruption to the community, or causes property damage or property loss, you may be subject to disciplinary action and associated costs or sanctions, regardless of whether the item is approved. The director for each living area is the final authority on what appliances and equipment will be allowed in student living areas.


Students are not allowed to keep animals of any kind, though exceptions exist for students with accommodations granted through APU’s Accessibility and Disability Resources. 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.

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