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Prohibited Items

Prohibited items are not allowed in the residence halls at any time. Possession may result in confiscation of the item, as well as disciplinary action. The Department of Housing reserves the right to alter this list at any time.

Electrical Items

  • Extension cords
  • Electric blankets
  • Halogen light bulbs
  • Lava lamps and strobe lights
  • Air fresheners with built-in outlets (without outlets allowed)
  • Outlet adapters and splitters
  • Multiple strands of decorative lights (single strand allowed if plugged directly into wall outlet)

Combustibles

  • Candles (even when not lit)
  • Incense
  • Scented oil burners
  • Explosives (fireworks, firecrackers)
  • Flammable materials (charcoal, propane, gasoline)

Weapons

  • Firearms
  • Swords and martial arts blades
  • Pepper spray and mace
  • Stun guns and Tasers
  • Knives not used for cooking
  • Any weapon not listed

Paraphernalia

  • Large quantities or containers of alcohol over 1.75L (kegs, cases, handles)
  • Tables or devices for playing drinking games
  • Paraphernalia used to consume alcohol (shot glasses, funnels, party/beer balls, coolers)
  • Paraphernalia used for drug use (pipes, grinders, one hitters, bowls)

Appliances

  • More than one refrigerator or microwave per unit
  • Appliances that use more than 900 watts
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements
  • Toaster ovens and convection ovens
  • Deep fryers
  • Outdoor grills
  • Portable air-conditioning units and space heaters

Kitchen Only

These items are allowed in residence halls but can only be used in kitchens. They must be unplugged when not in use.

  • Hot plates and electric burners
  • Rice cookers and slow cookers
  • Indoor grilling appliances (George Foreman Grills, electric skillets)
  • Sandwich makers and panini presses
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Toasters
  • Irons (may also be used in laundry room)

Miscellaneous

  • Live pumpkins and trees
  • Non-university mattresses or lofts
  • Liquid or gel drain clog chemicals
  • Pets
  • Stolen property (CTA or street signs)
  • Drums, percussion and electrical instruments
  • Subwoofers
  • Bicycles (not allowed in halls or rooms, only on outside racks or storage facilities)
  • Self-propelled movement devices (hoverboards, Segway scooters)*
*= excludes wheelchairs or devices approved by the Center for Students with Disabilities‚Äč