What to Bring and Not Bring

The list below should not be considered all-inclusive and additional allowable or not allowable items will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Each student is asked to use common sense and take the initiative to gain permission from authorized residence life staff before placing an item in their residence hall room inventory.

Thank you for adhering to these expectations;

Personalizing your room:


  • Fun-tac poster putty or poster tape
  • 3M hooks
  • Wickless candles
  • Glade plug-ins (except those that contain an additional outlet)
  • Candle warmers
  • Fragrance pots
  • Potpourri pots
  • Posters
  • Pictures
  • LED-based light strings                       

Not allowed

  • Duct tape
  • Cellophane tape
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Tacks
  • Hooks
  • Pins
  • Carpet tape
  • Painting room
  • Contact paper
  • Foam back or rubber back carpet
  • Halogen lamps
  • Lava lamps
  • Neon signs
  • Sun lamp
  • Anything that would attach to the ceiling
  • Live Christmas tree
  • Outdoor designed Christmas tree lights
  • Decorations that cause a fire hazard
  • Multi-head extension cords designed to increase the number of outlets
  • Candles with wicks
  • Incense
  • Homemade loft kits or any other not furnished by DSU
  • Bed unit and mattress unless approved in advance by residence life personnel                       


Not allowed

  • Firearms
  • Air guns
  • Tasers
  • BB guns
  • Knives beyond those used as a common eating utensil
  • Bows
  • Arrows
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks or other explosives
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Metal tipped darts



  • One microwave unit residence hall room no larger than 750 watts
  • Two refrigerator units per residence hall room no larger than 4.6 cubic feet
  • Coffee making machine with thermostat and automatic shut off
  • Crock pot with thermostat and automatic shut off
  • Hair dryers
  • Curling irons/hot rollers
  • Irons/table top ironing board
  • Electronics
  • Desk lamps
  • Television                       

Allowed to be stored in a room BUT ONLY USED IN THE FLOOR KITCHENS          

  • Broiler
  • Electric skillet/fry pan
  • Electric grill such as a George Foreman
  • Pizza ovens and other pizza making devices
  • Waffle/pancake making device
  • Popcorn popper with thermostat and automatic shut off
  • Toaster/toaster oven

Not allowed

  • Hotplates
  • Electrical devices with exposed heating surfaces
  • Freezer

Commonly provided in each floor kitchen (although may vary from floor to floor and hall to hall):

  • Pots and pans
  • Spatula
  • Toaster
  • Coffee machine
  • Microwave
  • Oven   

Comfort items:


  • Counter or floor-based fans  

Not allowed

  • Air conditioners
  • Space heater
  • Window fan
  • Electric blanket