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Extension cords, hot plates, halogen lamps, immersion coils, air conditioners, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, and open-coil appliances are prohibited in college residences as they pose a threat of electrical overload and/or fire.

Space heaters may only be used when installed by Facilities Operations. Micro-fridges, computers, stereos, televisions, radios, irons, non-commercial hairdryers, and other similar appliances are permitted unless specifically prohibited by the Office of Residential Life. All appliances must have a manufacturer’s label that shows the listing by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (e.g., ETL, UL, etc.). We strongly recommend the use of a surge protector(s). Extension cords are not permitted. Care should be taken to prevent fire hazards resulting from excessive use of appliances and over-dependence on power strips.

Lamps: A Special Safety Advisory

  • The use of halogen lamps is prohibited. Carefully read all safety instructions and warnings that accompany any lamp.
  • Never use bulbs of one of a higher wattage or of a different style than is recommended by the manufacturer's instructions. Compact florescent bulbs are recommended.
  • Never remove or discard a bulb that is hot to the touch; don't try to operate a lamp that has damaged or missing parts.
  • Do not place lamps near clothing, draperies or bedding, as incidental contact with the lamp bulb could ignite the material. Keep lamps away from windows, bunk beds, and closets.
  • NEVER place materials such as towels or clothing on top of lamps.
  • Avoid placing lamps in locations where they may be knocked over.
  • Always remember to turn off or unplug any lamp when changing bulbs or when leaving your room/apartment.


Main House residents may only have one unit per single room, one-room double, or suite. Refrigerators may not be greater than 5 cubic feet.

The following appliances may be used in student rooms and apartments:

  • Clocks
  • Hair dryers
  • Sewing machines
  • Electric brooms
  • Electric razors
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Hot pots w/automatic controls
  • Curling irons
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Home computers
  • Fans
  • Radios
  • VCR/DVD/Blueray players
  • Gaming consules
  • Electric coffee pots w/ automatic controls
  • Humidifiers
  • Record players/CD players
  • Typewriters
  • Tape recorders
  • Televisions
  • Slide projectors
  • Irons with automatic shutoff

The following appliances may be used in the South Commons, Town House or Terrace Apartments, but only in the kitchens:

  • Toasters
  • Woks
  • Percolators
  • Frying pans
  • Toaster ovens
  • Other hot pots
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Microwaves