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Packing List/What Not To Bring

Residence Halls

Each student is provided with a bed, desk, desk chair, dresser space, and closet/wardrobe space. Each room is equipped with a room light and window blinds or shades. Some rooms offer mirrors, bookshelves, task lighting, and/or air conditioning. All residence halls offer community bathroom, laundry, and computer lab facilities as well as hall-wide wi-fi access.  Computer lounges are reserved for the use of hall residents and their accompanied guests only.

The laundry facilities located within the residence halls are for the residents of those halls only. The cost of the laundry is included in the room fee that each residence hall student pays. Coins are not needed. Residents are not permitted to wash/dry non-resident students' clothes, or for non-residents to use the laundry facilities in any residence hall. Misuse of the laundry facilities could result in increased room charges as well as a fine for both the resident of the hall and the non-resident of the hall. Microwave units are provided for student use in the lobbies of each residence hall. These are to be used for snack preparation only. Coin-operated vending machines are located in each residence hall. The number of machines and selection of food products depend upon the size of the hall and the needs of its occupants.

Common space lounges are provided for studying, programming, or social activities; priority is given to studying and programming. Other uses for these areas must have the approval of the Area Coordinator. Outside groups requesting use of a residence hall lounge must contact the respective Area Coordinator. Consideration should go to student groups with a majority of building residents. Problems should be reviewed so that outside groups are not infringing upon the rights of building residents. It is the responsibility of all residents to keep the common spaces clean and to remove their own trash from the area. Individual room furniture should not be placed in any common space. Common space furniture should never be taken into individual student rooms.

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Sprecher and Keller Apartments

Keller (4-bedroom) and Sprecher (3-bedroom) apartments are fully equipped with sofa, chairs, coffee table, and dining table/counter and seating. Each resident has a private, lockable bedroom furnished with one bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet. The fully equipped kitchens have fridge/freezer, stove/oven, range hood/microwave combo, and dishwasher. Apartments feature central air/heating, carpeting throughout living room and bedrooms, private patio, exterior entrances, miniblinds throughout, and all-inclusive utilities (electric, gas, water/sewage, trash). Apartment amenities include cable, campus internet/wireless, resident-only parking, security lighting, and common laundry room. The laundry rooms are kept locked and are intended for resident use only (each apartment has its own laundry room key). Laundry machines are coin-operated. It is the responsibility of all residents to keep the laundry room and stairwells clean and to remove their own trash from the area. Individual unit furniture should never be removed from the unit or used outside.

Traditional Houses and Apartments

University houses and apartments are equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms and include all utilities (gas, electric, water, sewer, trash). Students are responsible for setting up their own telephone, cable, and internet accounts (access points are available in all properties). Most properties are not furnished and require students to bring their own furniture. None of the traditional houses or apartments have university provided laundry machines although some may have hook-ups available. All properties have heat service but most do not have central air. All units have kitchens equipped with fridge/freezer, stove/oven, and sink; some have dishwashers as well although it is not common. If residents want to bring in other appliances not already present in their unit (a/c units, laundry machines, etc.), they must request permission in advance and get approval from Residence Life and Physical Plant prior to bringing the appliance. Students should keep in mind overall electrical draw of the appliances they wish to bring.

Allowed/Not Allowed Items:

Many typical household items have the potential to be problematic, even hazardous, if misused or not kept in proper repair; some draw pests, some interfere in facility operation and use, some have higher likelihood to cause damage or injury. Recognizing that some are potentially more problematic than others, the following guidelines, regulations, and restrictions have been established. Please note that the University may alter this policy to include any item or activity that the University deems at its own discretion potentially: (1) unsafe, (2) damaging to University property, or 3) permanently altering to University property is prohibited.

Items NOT permitted in any campus housing:

  • Hoverboards of any kind
  • Candles, incense, plug-in air fresheners, oil lamps, oil or wax warmers, or any item with an open flame
  • Triple/quad sockets, plug multipliers, or power strips; extension cords that are not UL approved or have visible signs of fraying or breakage
  • Portable cooking or warming devices including toasters, convection/toaster ovens, slow cookers, pressure cookers, waffle irons, griddles/grills, hot plates, electric pans/skillets/woks, oil fryers, rice cookers, hot pots, oil popcorn poppers, bread machines, microwaves, etc., and any items with exposed heater coil/element
  • Heaters or air conditioning units of any type
  • Appliances over 120 volts AC, 60 cycles, 200 watts, or 2 amps
  • Halogen, oil, lava, or sun/heat lamps
  • Homemade or store-bought lofts (any loft other than those available through
  • Microwave or microfridge other than the microfridge available through Converter boxes that alternate power between a stand-alone microwave and refrigerator are not allowed.
  • Pets (any type, except fish - maximum one 10 gallon aquarium per student)
  • Power tools, spotlight/floodlight, wireless router, or other devices which have potential to disrupt community
  • Firearms, weapons, fuel/flammable liquids, or other dangerous or hazardous material
  • Water-filled furniture or apparatuses such as waterbeds, pools of any kind, hot tubs, or liquid-filled containers of any kind over 10 gallons
  • Otherwise acceptable small appliances such as coffeepots or irons that are not UL approved or do not have an auto-shut off feature
  • Homemade or home-modified appliances

This is not an exhaustive list of the electrical appliances and pieces of equipment that are not suitable for use in campus housing. The student must obtain written approval from Residence Life prior to bringing or using any item that does not clearly fall within the range of allowed items. All appliances and electronics used in campus housing must have the original Underwriter's Laboratory seal. If an unapproved item is found in a campus housing space, the item will be confiscated and a fine assessed. The list of items not allowed, restrictions on use and storage, and permitted specifications can be altered at the University's choosing based on currently available information.

Items allowed in campus housing:

Refrigerators are permitted provided they are within the following limits:

  • 120 volt, 60 cycle AC, 200 watts, 2 amp; compressor hermetically sealed, self-lubricating; Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approved, and in good condition.
  • One refrigerator is allowed per double room; two in triples and quads.

Students in houses & apartments should avoid adding additional refrigerators or freezers to units due to overall electrical draw.

Microfridges are permitted provided they are from the approved University vendor. No other microfridges are permitted. Converter boxes that alternate power between a stand-alone microwave and refrigerator are not allowed.

For ventilation and sanitation purposes, all refrigerators must be located in an open space, outside of closets. During break periods, refrigerators must be emptied, defrosted, unplugged and left standing open. The University reserves the right to inspect refrigerators and micro-fridges to ensure they meet proper specifications and are in good condition.

All other small appliances such as hot combs, electric razors, electric toothbrushes/water picks, make-up mirrors, electric blankets, heating pads, blenders, hot water makers, closed-coil popcorn poppers, computers, lamps, clothing and hair irons, etc. not explicitly forbidden above are permitted provided they are in safe working condition, UL approved, within the electrical limits listed above, and operated in a safe manner.

Birthday candles on cakes and candles necessary for the observation of religious holidays may be burned with prior permission from the Area Coordinator/Manager.

Exceptions for Houses/Apartments

Living in a house or apartment is a different environment than a residence hall. With that in mind, the following exceptions are permitted specifically for students in University houses and apartments:

Residents wanting to bring in other appliances not already present in their unit such as a/c units, laundry machines, or additional refrigerators must request permission in writing in advance and get approval from Residence Life and Physical Plant prior to bringing the appliance. The Student is responsible for appropriate, safe, and complete installation and removal; any damages caused by or cost incurred as a result of student-added appliances will be charged back to the assigned resident(s). If such approval is granted, it shall be made part of the housing agreement and may be subject to an additional charge. University properties are of a variety ages and set-ups, therefore not all properties can support all desired appliances. Properties will not be modified to accommodate appliance requests. Student-introduced appliances that appears to be having a negative impact on the facilities or other members of the property may be removed immediately even if prior permission was granted.

Grills are permitted for use on lawns, provided Students exercise caution and common sense (e.g. ensuring safe distance from structures, trees, etc., staying with grill throughout process, ensuring grill and all components are in good condition, ensuring grill and fuel source is fully out/off and grill is cooled before leaving the area, ensuring users have adequate knowledge about safe grill operation). Grills and fuel including propane tanks, charcoal, and lighter fluid is never permitted within the residential structure (including on porches). Misuse, lack of care, or improper storage may result in immediate removal of items.

Microwaves are permitted provided they are within the electrical limits listed above, in good condition, and UL approved. Students should remain present throughout use, exercise caution, and follow safe operating procedures.

All other "Items Not Allowed" restrictions are in effect for houses & apartments due to safety, community, or facility concerns.


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