Residence Halls

Residence Halls

Safety Tips

Keeping the residence halls and the campus safe and secure is a shared responsibility. All residents should become familiar with their surroundings and observe the following basic safety and security guidelines to help assure the safety and security of people and property in the residence halls and throughout campus.

  • Do not share your keys, ID card or PIN number.
  • Report lost keys or ID cards immediately.
  • Lock your door, even if you are leaving for just a moment.
  • Do not prop any exterior doors.
  • Don’t let strangers follow you into the residence hall as you enter.
  • Always exit the building promptly when the fire alarm sounds.
  • Show proper ID to the security staff.
  • Notify staff of broken doors and safety equipment.
  • Call Police if you see any attempts to tamper with safety equipment or undermine security.
  • Report suspicious activity to Police. 

Prohibited Items

The items listed below are prohibited and should not be brought to your room. Staff and the New Jersey Fire Marshall conduct regular health and safety/fire safety inspections. Students found with prohibited items are subject to fines and potential disciplinary action. 

  • Air conditioners of any kind
  • Appliances with an exposed heating element or coil (e.g. coffee makers with hot plates, toasters, panini grills). These appliances are permitted in apartment kitchens only. Coffee/drink makers with an internal heating element are permitted in all housing areas.
  • Ammunition
  • Extension cords or multi-plug adapters that lack a built in surge protector/breaker. Power strips with built in surge protection are permissible. However, power strips, even with surge protectors, cannot be strung together or plugged into one another.
  • Bed risers or furniture with designed outlets that function like an extension cord with no circuit breaker
  • Halogen lamps, decorative string lighting or oil lamps
  • Incense or incense paraphernalia
  • Candles of any kind
  • Curtains, wall tapestries, flags or other wall hangings unless they are made from fabrics that are compliant with NFPA 701 flammability standard. Compliance may be established by a label on the fabric item, or by treating the fabric with an approved product. Following treatment of fabrics, students must submit an affidavit attesting to this along with the receipt for purchase of the product and the product label. The N.J. state Fire Marshal may cut and test a piece of these fabrics and students must accept this as a condition of having fabric hangings in University housing.
  • Flammable or combustible liquids or gases
  • Engines, engine parts, lubricants and fuels
  • Fireworks, explosives, flammable liquids, fuels, paint thinner combustible materials, or engines.
  • Live trees or wreaths from live foliage
  • University, municipal or private property not authorized to be in the student’s possession. This includes University common area furniture from lounges or other parts of the building.
  • Pets or animals including lab specimens (except fish in a tank of 10 gallons or smaller), unless required by applicable law
  • Swimming pools
  • Dart boards
  • Weapons of any kind (e.g. firearms, swords, knives other than kitchen knives)
  • Paintball guns, air riffles, bb guns, sling shots, arrows and any other sporting equipment, toy or device which may cause injury or which a reasonable person may believe is a weapon
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia 

Fire Safety

Fire safety and prevention is an important aspect of safety in residence halls. All residents need to be proactive to keep their living space safe, know how to respond in the event of a fire, and prevent unnecessary alarms that create a complacent attitude to fire alarms.

  • Minimize clutter and keep your floor and all exit pathways clear.
  • Learn where the nearest emergency exit, fire extinguisher and fire alarm pull station is located in your building.
  • Always exit the building promptly when the fire alarm sounds.
  • Take care when cooking to prevent unnecessary false alarms.
  • Stay with your food while it is cooking on the stove. Keep heat levels low enough to avoid burning food or causing smoke. Remove all wrappings from food before placing in the oven or microwave.
  • Never cover smoke alarms with anything that would prevent them from operation properly.
  • DO NOT smoke or use candles inside any residence hall or apartment building.
  • Use a surge protected power strip for all electronics. 

Tapestry/Curtain/Flag Affidavit Process:

for Wall Hangings that Do Not Meet NFPA 701 Standards

There is a process that students can utilize to get wall hangings certified as compliant in accordance with the fire code, by completing proper application of aftermarket fireproofing products approved to comply with the NFPA-701 standard. This affidavit would need to be filled out and the instructions within the form followed completely. A copy of the form, along with copies of the required supporting documentation identified in the affidavit, will need to be submitted to the Residential Learning and University Housing Office as soon as possible. RLUH will communicate your information to the University’s code enforcement staff member and highlight the campus location for which the affidavit was submitted. Please note that the NJ State inspector may choose to test the flammability of any material treated with an aftermarket fireproofing product. They may cut a swatch of the fabric to test. 

Affidavit for NFPA 701 Criteria

*Please note, a new affidavit will need to be completed each year you live on campus should you choose to have items that you have treated in your living space.