Department of Housing and Residence Life

Health & Safety Inspections


To ensure the safety of the entire residential hall community, all residence halls rooms will be inspected monthly for Health & Safety compliance.

University code strictly prohibits the following prohibited items: halogen lamps, upholstered furniture, multi plug adapters, extension cords, incense, candles, open-coil heating/cooking devices (coffee pots, coffee warmers, hot plates, heaters, etc.) and hanging ornamental or holiday lights. Additionally, students are prohibited from tampering, removing, or placing items on fire-safety equipment. At no times, may students place furniture or other items that would impede any means of egress from their room/suite. A path of egress of at least 36” must be maintained in student rooms and suites to ensure a clear path of entry and exit. An 18 inch clearance from the ceiling must be maintained on top of furnishings. A major part of these inspections also is sanitation. Student’ living facilities must be in a neat, clean and orderly condition to promote a healthy living and learning environment.

At the start of each semester, HRL staff conduct courtesy checks of each residence hall room during our amnesty period. Students found with prohibited items during those courtesy checks will be instructed to permanently remove such items from the residence hall so as to avoid future disciplinary action.

Formal unannounced health and safety inspections are conducted at least three times per year. In the course of health and safety inspections, Housing and Residence Life professional staff members confiscate any prohibited items found. Such items are labeled and put in storage. Students will have an opportunity to take the prohibited item(s) home at the next school break.

  • A HRL professional staff member, along with a Resident Assistant, will key into each room and inspect for health-safety compliance. The resident(s) do not need to be present during this time. If violations are found, items may be confiscated and the resident(s) will receive a violation form alerting them of what has been removed from their room.

Progressive Discipline:

  • Any residents found in non-compliance will receive the violation form alerting them of the violations and how to arrange to recover items to be removed from the hall. Students will be required to meet with the HRL Professional Staff to discuss the violation(s) cited in their room.
  • Students who fail to meet with the HRL Professional Staff will be sanctioned without the benefit of their input. 

Effective Date

January 1, 2009

Contact Us

Department of Housing and Residence Life
(973) 761-9172
Duffy Hall Rm. 68

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