Resident Student Handbook - Prohibited/Monitored Items

This is a list of prohibited and monitored items that are not allowed in campus housing.

Prohibited Items in Residential Facilities

Item Description: Glow-in-the-dark stars, anything used to affix items to walls, 3M products, etc.

Our Rationale: Wall damage upon removal

Related Policies and Possible Fines 

  • Please visit the University Housing Policies and Procedures - "Damages or Losses" section for information on possible fines. 
  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Walls & Surfaces" section for policy information. 

 

 


Item Description: Hot plates, George Foreman grills, toaster ovens

Our Rationale: Grease disposal and fire safety issues

Related Policies and Possible Fines

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Electrical Equipment" section for policy information. 
  • Please visit the Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Electrical Equipment/Halogen/Spider Lamps/Foreman Grills not UL approved" for information on possible fines. 

Item Description: Melted wax, candles, Scentsy, etc.

Our Rationale: Fire safety, melted wax damage to carpets/rooms

Related Policies and Possible Fines

  • Please visit the University Housing Policies and Procedures - "Damages or Losses" section to learn about possible fines.
  • Please visit Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Candles, Incense or Open Flames" to learn about possible candle fines.

Item Description: Charcoal for use in grills or the operation of hookahs.

Our Rationale: Fire safety

Related Policies:

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures and review the section titled "Barbeque Grills" for more information. 

 


Item Description: Real pine trees used for decoration

Our Rationale: Fire safety, allergy and disposal issues

 


Item Description: Dartboards that require metal or plastic-tipped darts. Magnetic tip darts and dartboards are permitted.

Our Rationale: Safety issue and wall damage

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the University Housing Policies and Procedures - "Damages or Losses" section for policy information and potential fines. 

 


Item Description: Candles, chemicals, open flames, incense, firecrackers, etc.

Our Rationale: Fire safety

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the Safety and Emergency Information - "Explosives, Chemicals & Open Flames" for safety information.
  • Visit the University Housing Policies and Procedures - "Damages or Losses" and the Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Candles/Incense/Open Flames" sections to learn about possible fines.

Item Description: Liquid gasoline for vehicles and propane for grilling is permitted ONLY if properly stored outdoors.

Our Rationale: Fire safety

Related Policies and Fines 

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Storage, Outdoor" section for policy information.
  • Please visit Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Misuse or Improper Storage of BBQ Grills and Propane" for the list of possible fines. 

Item Description: Charcoal grills are prohibited. Gas grills are permitted, however, grills and propane must be properly stored outdoors.

Our Rationale: Fire safety

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Barbecue Grills" and "Storage, Outdoor" sections for policy information. 
  • Please review the Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Misuse or Improper Storage of BBQ Grills and Propane" for information about possible fines.

Item Description: Constructed loft to raise bed. A limited number of University-approved loft kits are available to residents (pending room style).  

Our Rationale: Personal safety and room damage

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Loft Kits" to review policy information. 
  • Please visit the Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Unapproved/Unauthorized Lofts" to review information about potential fines. 

Item Description:  Pets, with the exception of some fish, are not allowed in any university building, with the exception of those trained to assist individuals with documented disabilities (or documented and approved therapy animals). Fish tanks 10 gallons or less with non-carnivorous fish or other legless aquatic animals are permitted.

Our Rationale: Allergy and safety issues

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Pets, Service and Assistance Animals" section for information about the policies. 
  • Please visit Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Pets and Unauthorized Service Animals" for information on fines. 

Item Description: Tobacco product use in housing facilities is prohibited, which includes electronic cigarettes and hookahs.  

Our Rationale: Fire safety and allergy issues. Refer to SVSU Smoke-Free Environment Policy

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please review the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Smoking and Tobacco Products" section for policy information. 
  • Visit Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Smoking, Tobacco Products" for information about potential fines. 

Item Description: Lamps with multiple lighting fixtures

Our Rationale: Plastic shields melt, wires inside position-conduit can short circuit

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Electrical Equipment" for policy information. 
  • Please visit Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Electrical Equipment, Halogen or Spider Lamps and Foreman Grills not UL approved"

Item Description: Swords, guns, bow and arrows, anything that shoots a projectile. Refer to SVSU Weapons Policy. All residents must check their weapons with the University Police for storage services.

Our Rationale: University policy and Michigan Law

Related Policies: 

  • Please visit Safety and Emergency Information - "Weapons" for policy information.

Monitored Items

Item Description: Alcohol and empty alcoholic beverage containers.  Refer to the Alcohol and Other Drugs policy.  You must have a permit to have alcohol in your room.

Our Rationale: Federal and state laws. 

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Alcohol and/or Other Drugs" section for information about university policy.
  • Please visit the Student Code of Conduct: Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy for more information.
  • Please visit the Simple Fines & Sanctions - "Alcohol and Drug Policy" for information about potential fines.

Item Description: Griddles, curling irons, deep fryers, toasters, etc. 

Our Rationale: Unplugging or leaving unattended, grease disposal, safety when operating, etc. 

Related Policies and Possible Fines

  • Please review the Resident Student Policies & Procedures - "Electrical Equipment" for policy information.
  • Please visit Simple Fines & Sanctions - "Electrical Equipment, Halogen or Spider Lamps and Foreman Grills not UL approved" to review possible fines. 

Item Description: Prescription drugs must be in pharmaceutical containers at all times and in possession of the person prescribed. 

Our Rationale: Federal and state laws

Related Policies and Fines

  • Please visit the Student Code of Conduct: Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy for policy information
  • Please visit the Resident Student Policies and Procedures - "Alcohol and/or Other Drugs" for additional policy information.
  • Review the Simple Fines and Sanctions - "Alcohol and Drug Policy" for fine information.

CONTACT US.


Housing Operations
Curtiss 118
housing@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4255

Residential Life
Curtiss 114
reslife@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4410

Dining Services
Curtiss Hall 122
dining@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4252