To prevent fire hazards, the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Office of Public Safety established the following policies to limit the amount of electricity that can be safely used on any given electrical circuit.
These appliances and other items are prohibited in residence halls:
- Air conditioners
- Any appliances with an open heating element
- Black Lights
- Candle warmers & wax burners
- Ceiling fans
- Coffee makers without automatic shut-off
- Electrical cords under carpets
- Extension cords, Cube adaptors
- Fuel-powered equipment
- Gasoline, propane, flammable liquids or gases
- Halogen lamps
- Hot plates
- Keg refrigeration devices
- Microwave ovens
- Refrigerators larger than 5 cubic feet total capacity
- Sandwich grills
- Space heaters
- Toaster ovens
- *Wireless routers
Only one refrigerator (no more than 5 cubic feet total capacity) is permitted in each single or double room. One refrigerator of the same size is permitted in Village suite rooms. Two refrigerators are permitted in permanent and temporary triples and quads as long as there are at least three residents in the room.
Any appliance with a heavy electrical draw, such as a hair dryer, an iron, a television or a refrigerator, is to be plugged directly into an outlet. Circuit-protected power strips should also be plugged directly into the wall, not into another power strip. All appliances should be covered under homeowner’s insurance policies. The Office of Residence Life and James Madison University are not responsible for damages to students’ personal property.
Students found with inappropriate appliances in their room or suite will have 24 hours to remove the items and may be subject to a fine if they do not promptly remove the items. A follow-up inspection will occur to verify removal.
*Wireless routers are strictly prohibited by the university as they pose a threat to the campus network.
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