Each unit has been outfitted with appropriate appliances for resident use. As Banfield Hall suites do not have kitchens, each suite contains a small refrigerator and microwave, while the community kitchen offers standard kitchen appliance use. The apartments are fully furnished with standard kitchen appliances. For the safety of all residents, certain personal appliances are NOT permitted within the various units. The following equipment may be brought into residence hall rooms or apartments:
- Heat-producing appliances without exposed heating elements are permitted. These include irons, electric blankets, hair curlers, hair dryers, coffee-makers, hot pots, popcorn poppers, George Foreman grills, toasters, electric kettles, electric woks, and griddles. These items may only be used on approved flat surfaces in kitchens and bathroom counters, or on other stable, flat, non-flammable surfaces such as tables, countertops, or similar structures. Additional microwaves, other than the one provided in each apartment or suite, are not permitted. When in doubt, please consult with the Residence Life Staff.
- One refrigerator is permitted in each student bedroom if it is no more than five cubic feet in size and draws no more than 1.7 amps. These units are intended for limited storage of snack items, medicines, etc. For sanitation reasons, residents should unplug, empty, defrost and clean their personal refrigerator anytime they depart over a break. In the apartments, a single deep freezer OR an additional refrigerator may be placed in the storage room only.
- Residents in double apartments – A, B, C, and D Buildings, are allowed to hook up a washer and dryer in the storage room within their apartments, so long as the appliances are in safe, operable order. Regular maintenance and lint removal is expected to reduce fire risk. These appliances must be removed upon vacating. As these appliances could yield serious damage if they were malfunction, residents may want to consider insurance. See Renter’s Insurance.
- Halogen lamps; halogen desk lamps with totally enclosed tops on non-flexible stands are permitted*
- Toaster ovens, pizza ovens, and convection ovens; regular drop-in style toasters are permitted*
- Buffet ranges and single-coil heating elements
- Tanning beds or hot tubs
- Kilns or other industrial or commercial appliances
- Engines, hydraulic tools, generators, or other large mechanical pieces
All units have cable television hook-ups; however, cable television service is not provided by the University. Residents interested in having cable set-up for their unit should contact GCI directly. Please note that the University is not responsible for any service change fees associated with residents’ relocation to a different unit. Contact GCI Statewide at (800) 800-4800 for information about residential services.
Oil for heating is the most expensive utility cost for the Housing community. Furniture should be placed 6-12 inches away from radiators to allow for heat circulation within the unit. Residents are asked to refrain from leaving windows open during the winter months as it makes temperature regulation difficult for the system and may cause pipes to freeze. Residents experiencing difficulties maintaining a comfortable room temperature should submit a work order at the Housing Lodge Desk. The Maintenance Coordinator can assist with these issues and offer other tips for maintaining unit temperature.
Sound Equipment & Musical Instruments
Stereos are permitted in student rooms, but residents are expected to exercise the utmost consideration in their use. Every student is responsible for maintaining an atmosphere within the residential environment that is conducive to study and respectful of the needs of others. Stereos, radios, and musical instruments should be played at moderate volume levels.
- Drum sets may not be played in student housing due to the high degree of noise disturbance they create, even when muffled, but they may be stored in residences for off-campus use. Drummers are encouraged to use practice pads separate from the drum set.
- Electric amplifiers and keyboards may be used at a reasonable volume and bass level until quiet hours. At quiet hours, residents may use headphones with these devices.
- Non-electric musical instruments such as guitars and wind instruments, etc., may only be played before quiet hours at reasonable volumes.
If at any time during the day musicians and those with bass-rich sound systems are asked by neighbors or staff to cease or quiet their playing, they are expected to comply. Unreasonable complaints and requests for special exceptions to these policies should be directed to the Residence Life Manager.
In addition to prohibited items listed in the Fire Safety section, the following items or substances are prohibited in the Housing community. Contraband may be confiscated and judicial or legal action may be taken against students in possession of contraband. Typically, residents will be notified in writing that a contraband item must be removed from Housing before it is confiscated. However, the University reserves the right to confiscate certain items, such as weapons, immediately without prior notice to the resident.
Firearms, explosives, other weapons, or ammunition (See the “Weapons and Firearms” section of this handbook)
Fireworks, firecrackers, or other pyrotechnic products
Marijuana and other illegal drugs
Drug paraphernalia, such as bongs, bubblers, pipes, bowls, and hookahs
Air conditioning units
(Burning) incense or candles; only jar candles should be present since they can be used with electric candle warmers.
Large quantities of kerosene, gasoline, laboratory chemicals, blasting caps, motor oil, or acids