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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.


Refrigerators are permitted with a limit of 3 amps and 5 cubic feet per room. The University is not responsible for loss of items, such as power outages. Residents are also responsible for food left in community refrigerators, please be sure to check your items, particularly during breaks, as Residential Staff will remove items left during these times to avoid food becoming spoiled.


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. 

Prohibited Appliances

Prohibited appliances in traditional halls and suitesare: 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, acoustic or electric musical instrument and percussion instruments), wireless routers, and halogen/lava 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. 

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. 


Weapons are not allowed in any Residential Life facility or grounds. Weapons may include, but are not limited to BB guns, paintball guns, knives, swords, crossbows, archery bows, handguns, shotguns, rifles, and ammunition. Residential Life, OSU Police, and state authorities can determine what qualifies as a weapon, including common item that is used in a threatening manner, and can ask that it be removed from the premises. Disciplinary action may also be taken. If you possess a gun you can store it with OSU Police Department free of charge. 

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, lighter fluid, 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.


Screens are not to be removed from the windows and should remain in place on all windows.

Windows and Air Vents

No items may be hung outside the windows, placed on the ledges, or on balcony or patio railings. In Iba, Parker, and Wentz Halls the windows need to remain closed, sealed, and locked. Air vents must be unobstructed.


Temporary or removeable wallpapers are not allowed to be installed on any surface including walls, closets, shelves, or furniture. Use of this could result in damages.

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