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i. Prohibited Items: To protect the health and welfare of the University community, the following are prohibited in residence halls. Please note that this is not a complete list, and may be amended if a product is subject to a safety recall, or additional guidance is given by the Madison Borough Fire Department or other source. Consult your Coordinator of Residential Engagement if you are unsure about an item.  Any of these items found can be confiscated and discarded at the discretion of the Coordinator of Residential Engagement. Guidance and helpful tips on what to bring when moving into University housing can be found online on the Residence Life and Housing website.

Alcohol and Other Drug Paraphernalia  

  • Alcohol if under the age of 21; Kegs, beer balls, and other alcoholic beverages in bulk quantities, empty containers, funnels, or other paraphernalia used for bingeing purposes, shot glasses for those under the age of 21; high proof alcohol over 100 proof.  Please see the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.

  • Illegal or non-prescribed drugs and drug paraphernalia, please see the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.


  • Any appliance exceeding 500 watts (except hair dryers used in bathroom facilities)

  • Refrigerators with built-in taps and/or internal dimensions larger than 4 ½ cu. ft. or starting current exceeding 7 amps. Each resident may have one small refrigerator.

  • Microwave ovens, microwave-refrigerator combos (except the approved microfridge), hot plates, deep fat fryers, toasters, electric kettles, open-flame or open coil appliances

  • Coffee makers, except for those that have include all of the following:  non-exposed heating elements/coils, automatic shut off switches

  • Air conditioners, space heaters, ceiling fans, washing machines (including small ones that attach to a sink), dryers, freezers, or other high voltage equipment

  • Plug in and indoor grills, such as Foreman Grills or similar models.


  • Items attached to/hanging from fire-safety equipment

  • Tapestries, posters and other decorations are limited to cover no more than ten percent of the aggregate areas of wall and ceilings in any room, decorations cannot cover any fire safety equipment.

  • University, other university/college, local, state, federal, or private/non-profit industry signage

Extension Cords and Outlet Expanders

  • Extension cords or “outlet expanders” (with the exception of surge protectors - surge protectors are allowed, but one may not be plugged into another.)

  • Electric blankets

Flame Producing and Flammable Items/Liquids

  • Fireworks, explosives, incense, candles of any kind (including wick or non- wick), candle and wax warmers, and flammable liquids

  • Volatile liquids and substances of any kind, including fuels, lighter fluid, self lighting charcoal, open cans of paint, paint thinner, and turpentine


  • University furniture other than that provided at the beginning of the year and makeshift bed lofts

  • Waterbeds , and pools, and sand


  • Decorative lighting (such as electric holiday lights, neon signs, black lights/UV lights)

  • Halogen lamps of any size.

  • Paper lamps/lanterns and paper lampshades.


  • Hookahs (presence and/or use)

  • Smoking anywhere within the interior of a residence hall, or in an exterior area that results in migration, seepage, or recirculation of smoke indoors (including the use of electronic smoking devices).  See Section M. Smoking below for more information.


  • Firearms and objects of all kinds with the potential to cause bodily harm, including (but not limited to) guns, BB guns, knives, bows and arrows, swords, and martial arts equipment

Other Prohibited Items

  • "Hoverboards" (AKA self balancing scooters; hands free segways) and any comparable devices are not permitted on campus or in any university owned property.

  • Motorcycles, mopeds, or motorized bikes

  • Any recalled products

  • Sand

  • Pets or animals, (except for non-meat-eating fish)


Procedures for Failed Room Inspections (including possession of prohibited items): Residence Life staff conducts room inspections several times during the semester.  Residents can pass or fail the inspection based on the status of the bedroom, or if applicable, the common areas of a suite or a bathroom.  A resident will fail a room inspection due to possession of prohibited item(s) or if the overall condition of the living area does not meet standards to maintain a healthy, safe environment in the residence halls. A student may receive a warning from Residence Life staff for a first failed room inspection.  Fines will be assessed for a subsequent failed room inspection (including possession of any prohibited items). $25 is the minimum fine for a second violation. If a resident fails a room inspection three times during the year, an Incident Report will be filed, and he/she will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for disciplinary action.  In cases of shared living areas, a resident may claim responsibility for prohibited items with their CRE; otherwise the entire unit may be assessed any applicable fines.  Please note that damage charges are also assessed during room inspections. It is expected that residents will report major damages or safety issues to Residence Life staff as soon as possible. At the discretion of University staff, a formal incident report may be filed for allegations of policy violations at any point by Residence Life and/or Public Safety staff members, and may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the student conduct procedures within Daniel’s Dictionary.

Housing information and additional policies can be found in the Housing agreement and on the web page at: