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Prohibited Items

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Prohibited items are not allowed in the residence halls at any time. Possession of such items can pose serious fire and/or safety hazards and will constitute a violation of DePaul Housing policies.

The top items most confiscated by Housing staff from residential units are: 
  • Candles, incense, and other flammables  
  • Outlet splitters 
  • Extension cords  
There are also specific items that may be stored in a resident’s room but may only be used in kitchens. Visit the Prohibited Items webpage for the full list. DePaul Housing reserves the right to update the online list at any time.

Open Flames

Except for university-provided gas stoves, open flames (including candles and incense) are prohibited within all campus housing. DePaul University has a zero-tolerance policy for flammable items and will remove items on sight. Confiscated flammable items will not be returned to residents and are discarded. If an open flame is discovered, this violation type is more serious and will result in a $150 fee assessed to each person in the housing unit.  In addition to the fee for serious-nature infractions, the housing staff will submit an incident report. The incident report will be processed through Residential Education and the resident may be referred through the student conduct process.  

Alcohol and Drug Paraphernalia

Alcohol and drug paraphernalia are prohibited. Residential Education staff confiscate paraphernalia, and it is discarded and will not be returned. Should Housing staff discover any prohibited items in a unit, the item or appliance will be confiscated or disabled with a plug-locking device on sight. Possession may result in disciplinary action. Additionally, residents may be cited for an electrical violation. Upon move-out, residents must contact housing@depaul.edu​ at least 1 business day in advance to arrange for the removal of a plug-locking device. Some violations, more serious in nature, may incur a $150 fee (covered smoke detectors, burning candles, etc.). 


Weapons such as firearms, stun guns, tasers, switchblades, swords, and knives (not used for cooking or eating) are not permitted. These items will be confiscated by Housing or Residential Education staff and given to Public Safety. Weapons will not be returned to the resident out of an abundance of caution.