With the holiday season right around the corner, be sure to stay current on guidelines for decorating your living space. You may decorate your residence hall room or apartment, but decorations must meet safety regulations and University codes. Please note the following guidelines before decorating:
Guidelines for Decorating Your Room or Apartment
- It is recommended that Halloween pumpkins be colored with markers instead of carved to prevent rotting.
- Use light cords that are UL approved, safe, and free of cracks, or other signs of wear.
- For fire safety reasons, the only extension cords permitted in university housing facilities are those that are UL listed 3 wire/3 prong cords of a 16 gauge minimum weight.
- The only multi-plug device you may use is a power strip with an on/off switch, 15-20 amp circuit breaker/surge protector with a 3-prong grounded plug-in.
- Unplug your lights when you are not in your room or apartment.
- Use poster putty to adhere decorative items to walls or doors.
- Remove all decorations before you leave for the semester break.
- Pumpkins should be removed and disposed of as soon as possible following use. Please do not place pumpkins in hallways or breeze ways.
- Real leaves, trees or wreaths made from natural material are not permitted in your room or apartment. (This is a fire regulation.)
- Electrical cords may not be placed under carpeting, on bed frames, or over archways. Do not use holiday light strings around metal furnishings such as door frames.
- Please do not cover light fixtures and light bulbs with decorations.
- Do not use spray “snow” on your windows, walls, doors, or mirrors.
- Items, including holiday light strings, may not be suspended from the ceiling or across any portion of the ceiling or archway.
- Please do not overload your electrical sockets. Three-prong extension cords must be plugged directly into the wall outlet.
- Tape is not permitted on painted or finished surfaces, including walls, doors, frames, etc.
- Candles are not permitted in student housing.
Guidelines for Common Area Decorating
1. All of the above guidelines apply for decorations in lounges or other common
2. Items may not be suspended from ceilings, or placed over doorways or archways.
3. Items must be removed immediately following the event.
4. Items should be attached with white poster putty or blue painter’s tape
5. Decorations may not block doorways, exits, or entrances.
6. For more information, please see the Residence Life web site: