Electrical equipment and appliances with an open heating element are prohibited in the residence halls. Such items include, but are not limited to, toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, halogen lamps, space heaters, indoor grills and sandwich makers, etc. For the convenience of students living in traditional halls, a toaster is made available for use at the hall desk during the hours when it is open. Such a policy assures that the appliance will be monitored yet allows for students wishing to make a quick breakfast the opportunity to have one. Because of the higher level of responsibility accepted by students in small halls, one toaster will be allowed in each small hall kitchen. The toaster must be monitored at all times during use and unplugged when not being used. The privilege of a hall toaster will be revoked if the appliance is found plugged in and unattended three times during the academic year.
Appliances that require alterations to the structure of the room and/or represent a risk to safety are subject to a $50/day fine per item. Such items include, but are not limited to, air conditioners, light dimmers, ceiling fans, non-university locks, etc. Microwave ovens are permitted in student rooms. In the interest of electrical safety and to avoid the overload of electrical circuits, students are expected to use extension cords, power strips and surge protectors that are 14 gauge or greater.