Health and Safety Inspections

Health and Safety Inspections

Each semester, The Office of Residential Life conducts mandatory Health and Safety Inspections.  A professional staff member (Area Coordinator), accompanied by a Resident Assistant, will be entering your room to make sure that your space meets our fire safety requirements (see below for prohibited and restricted items) and to ensure there are no other health or safety violations in your room. We will give at least a 24-hour notice prior to each inspection.  If you have any questions, please contact your Area Coordinator.

*If you have an assistance animal in your room, please be in contact with your Area Coordinator to schedule a Health and Safety Inspection for which you can be present.

List of Prohibited Items:

  • Due to fire safety concerns, students are not allowed to have the following items in their rooms:.  air conditioners (unless approved by Accessibility and Disability Resources), candles, incense, halogen lamps, incandescent lightbulbs, or portable space heaters.

List of Restricted Items: For use in common kitchens and kitchenettes ONLY

  • Due to fire safety concerns, students are not permitted to have instruments with exposed heating elements for use in their rooms. This includes microwaves, hot pots, rice cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, tabletop grills, coffeemakers (excluding Keurig), and electric water boilers. These items can be stored in a student room for use in common kitchens.

Professional staff members will be using the following checklist to guide their Health and Safety Inspections. Please prepare accordingly.


General Conditions/Maintenance Needs

  • Room Unsanitary (odor, excessive trash, dirty)

  • Missing/Extra Furniture

  • Missing Screens/Blinds/Shades


Fire Safety Policy Violations

  • Space Heaters

  • Open Element Appliance

  • Candles

  • Incense

  • Overloaded electrical sockets

  • Halogen Lamps

  • Ceilings Covered

  • More than 30% of walls covered

  • Door Decorations (other than provided bulletin board)

  • Extension cords, surge protectors, and string lights must be UL-approved


Visually check room for items prohibited in halls

  • Alcohol in possession of residents under the age of 21

  • Illegal drugs/Paraphernalia (Campus Police will be notified)

  • Weapons

  • Pets or pet Paraphernalia (if not approved by Accessibility and Disability Resources)