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Prohibited Items & Appliances

Some appliances or furnishings have a higher likelihood of contributing to unsafe environments for community living. Housing and Residential Life regulates the use of these appliances to ensure the safety and security of the community.


Prohibited Appliances

Prohibited appliances in traditional halls and suites are: open fire or open coil cooking appliances, such as electric griddles, toasters (ovens), air fryers, crock pots, instapots, traditional coffee pots (not including Keurig types) and George Foreman Grills. Prohibited in all halls are portable heaters, air conditioners, large amplifiers (public address system, oversize stereo, and electric musical instrument), wireless routers, and halogen lamps. Ring doorbell or other electronic devices that photograph, videotape, film, digitally record, or by any other means, secretly view with or without a device, another person without that person’s consent in any location are not allowed.

 

Students may have one microwave oven in any residential unit. Microwaves must be rated 900 watts or less at the highest setting. Cooking appliances may only be operated in kitchen areas. Any electrical extension cord that is used must be 14 gauge or heavier. Do not nail extension cords to walls, place them under rugs or beds, string them on pipes, etc.


Candles & Incense

Burning candles and incense, as well as kerosene lamps and other flammable liquid fueled devices, are prohibited in all University owned housing. Decorative candles must have non-burned, clipped wicks, or be wickless. Melted wax air fresheners such as the Scentsy style heated by a light bulb are acceptable. Candle warmers which include a hotplate area are prohibited.


Network Devices

In order to protect the Data Communications Network, devices other than computers, servers, and workstations, must not be plugged into any network port. This includes, but is not limited to hubs, switches, repeaters, routers, network modems and wireless access points. These devices may be incorrectly configured or incompatible with the OSU Network causing outages and reliability problems to all or part of the network.


Extension Cords

Any electrical extension cord that is used must be 14 gauge or heavier. Do not nail extension cords to walls, place them under rugs or beds, string them on pipes, etc. Periodically inspect all cords and appliances for cracks or other defects. Please be aware that over loading an electric circuit with too many appliances can cause problems.


Fireworks & Explosives

Under state and federal law, fireworks and explosives are prohibited in Housing and Residential Life buildings and on grounds. Flammable liquids including gasoline, propane, etc. are prohibited in Housing and Residential Life buildings and on grounds.


Portable Grills, Charcoal, & Propane

Portable charcoal/gas grills as well as charcoal, lighter fluid, or propane gas are not allowed on the premise of any Residence Hall.


Electric Vehicles and Drones

Electric Vehicles to include but not limited to electric scooters and one-wheels and drones, including possession, use, and charging are prohibited in all campus housing, excluding any ADA approved equipment. This applies to all residence halls and campus apartments, including Family and Graduate Student Housing. It is prohibited to store such vehicles inside the premises, on patios/balconies, stairwells, landings, breezeways, and walkways.


Motor Vehicles and Scooters 

All fuel-operated vehicles must be parked only in designated areas and must be properly registered. It is prohibited to store such vehicles inside the premises, on patios/balconies, stairwells, landings, breezeways, and walkways. Any of these vehicles found in or around the premises, beyond the designated areas, may be cited, towed, and impounded at the owner’s expense.


Refrigerators

Refrigerators are permitted with a limit of 3 amps and 5 cubic feet per room. The University is not responsible for loss of items due to power outages


Waterbeds

Waterbeds are not allowed due to the number of pounds per square foot exerted on floor structure.


Lofts

No homemade or prefabricated lofts for any type of furniture will be allowed. Residents may utilize bed risers that are up to seven inches in height.

 

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