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Prohibited Items

In addition to the information on this page, the University Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers additional safety policies and residence hall fire safety information, and can assist in answering questions. Contact or call 434.243.1711. EHS will also perform courtesy inspections upon request. 

To ensure the safety of the residents, the following are specifically prohibited in student rooms, suites, and apartments:

Pets (except small non-lethal fish, in an aquarium no larger than 20 gallons)

Bird feeders

Certain types of lamps

  • halogen torchiere lamps
  • "octopus" lamps
  • lamps with plastic shades

Cinder blocks or lofts for propping beds

Lofts that are not provided by the University, except in designated Range rooms

Bed tents and bed curtains

Large, bulky furniture in furnished housing areas

Extension cords and multi-plug adapters

  • power strips must be UL approved and have a built-in circuit breaker and on/off switch

Electrical appliances

  • air conditioners (unless pre-approved for medical reasons on the Lawn and Range)
  • exterior aerials or satellite dishes
  • cooking and heating appliances (except microwaves, popcorn poppers, rice cookers, hot water kettles, and single-serve pod-type coffee makers)
  • indoor electric grills
  • deep fryers
  • toasters or toaster ovens
  • oversized refrigerators
  • freezers
  • ceiling fans
  • space heaters
  • washing machines
  • portable dishwashers
  • personal networking equipment such as routers, switches, and wireless access points
  • See Fire Prevention for more


  • requires permission from Housing & Residence Life, and installation and removal by UVA Facilities Management is required

Wireless Internet routers or range extenders

Devices that operate on 2.4 GHz and 5.1 GHz frequencies such cordless telephones, microwaves, baby monitors, wireless speakers, and wireless (not Bluetooth) headsets (devices operating on 900 MHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies are permitted)

Open flames

  • candles
  • incense
  • oil lamps
  • houkas

Live and artificial decorative trees

Firearms and weapons

  • B.B. guns
  • bows and arrows
  • paintball guns
  • ammunition
  • firecrackers or explosives
  • slingshots
  • swords
  • knives with blades longer than 4"
  • martial arts tools

Self-balancing electric wheeled boards (hoverboards) /electric skateboards

Electric scooters and electric bikes

Any other item which the University determines to be dangerous or illegal