With the holiday season upon us, it is important to know and understand The Office of Residence Life Holiday Decorating Policies to avoid policy violation. Many of these policies come from University safety regulations and city/state fire codes. When “decking the halls” of your room or apartment, keep the following in mind:

1. Use light cords that are UL approved, safe, and free of cracks or other signs of wear.

2. Extension cords must be UL listed, 3 wire/3 prong cords, of a 16 gauge minimum weight.

3. Power strips must have an on/off switch and 15-20 amp circuit breaker/surge protector and a 3-prong grounded plug-in.

4. Electrical cords and light strings may not be placed under rugs, on bed frames, around metal furnishings such as door frames, hung from ceilings, over archways or taped to the floor.

5. Always unplug your lights when you are not in your room or apartment.

6. Candles are not permitted.

7. Fire regulations prohibit real leaves, trees or wreaths made from natural material in your room or apartment.

8. Never cover light fixtures, light bulbs, electrical outlets or electrical appliances with decorations.

9. Do not use spray “snow” on your windows, walls, doors, carpet or mirrors.

10. Decorations may not be suspended from the ceiling or across any portion of the ceiling or archway.

11. Tape (except for painter’s tape) is not permitted on walls, doors, frames, floors or covering any exit.

12. Please use poster putty or painter’s tape to adhere decorative items to walls or doors.

13. All of the above guidelines apply for decorations used in lounges or other community/public areas.

14. Decorations in community/public areas may not block building entrances/exits, hallways or room/apartment doorways.

15. Decorations in common areas must be removed immediately following the event.

16. Remove all decorations prior to your departure if you leave for an extended period during the semester break.

For full holiday decorating policies, visit Residence Life’s online Policies and Expectations guide. Contact the Office of Residence Life with any questions on policies.

Happy Holidays!