Prohibited Items

The following items are not allowed within residence halls due to existing JWU policy, fire safety laws, and federal, state and local laws. Possession of any of the below listed items may result in seizure and/or destruction of the items by a university representative and may result in judicial action.

Items Prohibited in Residence Halls

  • Alcoholic beverages and containers — even empty ones!
  • Narcotics, drugs and drug-related items, including prescription medications that are not in your name or their
    original containers
  • Firearms, weapons, ammunition and related paraphernalia, including martial arts equipment either replica or
    practice and paintball equipment
  • Explosives
  • Gasoline, kerosene and other fuels
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Pets or other animals, including fish (except approved service animals)
  • Halogen lamps/lights
  • Candles, incense or other open-flame items
  • Excessively loud speakers and/or amplifiers — to be determined by Residential Life staff
  • Air conditioning units
  • Non automatic shut-off appliances
  • Microwaves
  • Construction barriers, cones and street signs
  • Neon signs and lava lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Installed satellite systems
  • Gas-powered grills
  • Unauthorized upholstered furniture
  • Lofts and/or platforms
  • Any other items that may affect the safety, security or living of others in the apartment community

Items Prohibited in Apartment-style Communities
The list is identical to that of residence halls, with the following exceptions:

  • Approved service animals or fish in tanks no larger than 5 gallons are allowed. No other pets are allowed, including frogs, snakes, turtles, etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages and containers — even empty ones — are not allowed. For students 21 years of age and older, a supplemental alcohol agreement, requiring student signature, will be distributed upon move-in.

Any prohibited items observed in a room will be confiscated and become university property; disciplinary action may be taken.

Non-permitted activities

  • No wire, ropes, string or other such items are to be strung across the room for the purpose of hanging decorations.
  • All decals and stickers are prohibited.
  • Items may not be hung from or attached to any ceiling or door surface.
  • Painting your room is strictly prohibited.
  • All furniture must remain in the room and may not be removed for any purpose.
  • Empty cans and bottles may not be stored, collected or used as decorations as they provide excellent breeding areas for roaches and other pests.
  • Stacking of furniture is not allowed with the exception of bunking beds (students may check out the necessary tools from the front desk to bunk beds)
  • At no time should a window or door be left open and unlocked when a room is vacant.
  • Screens, blinds, and window safety equipment must not be removed or altered for any purpose for safety of residents and the physical facility.
  • Wall hangings cannot be put up in any way that may be destructive to walls, furniture, doors, and/or woodwork.
  • Any electrical device must be UL approved.
  • The use of devices such as string lights can only be used inside your room. They can not be hung on doorways, windows, or in hallways.
  • Any decoration cannot block the use of windows, doors, or cause tripping hazards on the floor.
  • All electronic devices must be unplugged or turned off before leaving your room.
  • Do not use double sided tape to hang decorations as it can tear paint on the sheetrock. Use poster putty (Fun Tac) or tacks to hang decorations and prevent charges for room damages.
  • All message/dry-erase boards must either be magnetic or able to be hung on your door handle. Students will not be permitted to hang message boards with any adhesive on doors or walls.
  • Only artificial trees are permitted in the residential areas for holiday decorating.

For more detailed information, please refer to our Guide to On-Campus Residence Hall Living (1.17MB PDF) and the Guide to On-Campus Apartment Living (1MB PDF).