Prohibited Items
Firearms, Weapons, and Volatile Substances
Appliances and Equipment

Firearms, Weapons, and Hazardous Materials

Possession, storage, and/or use of the items below are prohibited in all rooms/apartments:

  • Firearms (including but not limited to: air rifles, air soft guns, paint ball guns, pellet guns, pistols, ammunition, gunpowder)
  • Dangerous Weapons (including but limited to: knives not intended for kitchen use, swords, martial arts weapons, bows & arrows, etc.)
  • Stun guns and tasers
  • Explosives of any kind, including fireworks and sparklers
  • Hazardous (including but not limited to: gasoline and other flammable-combustible liquids, solvents, degreasers, lab chemicals, mercury, acids, and alkaline materials, etc.)
  • Other dangerous materials (such as automobile batteries) or other potentially lethal devices that explore or deflagrate and can propel projectiles.
  • Any weapon not listed

It is also a violation of this policy to use an item with a lawful purpose (i.e. scissors, baseball bat) in act or threat of violence. Back to top

Appliances and Equipment

Possession, storage, and/or use of the items below are prohibited in all rooms/apartments:

  • Extension cords, outlet adapters, and splitters. Note that surge protectors are allowed and encouraged, but they should never be overloaded, nor used in tandem
  • Halogen Bulbs
  • Air Conditioners except where provided by Residential Service
  • All large appliances (including but not limited to: non-University stoves, washer and dryers, dish washers, refrigerators over 4.1 cubic feet, etc.)
  • Space Heaters except in situations where they've been installed by Facilities Staff
  • Power tools such as saws, dills, drill presses, and jack hammers (unless used by Facilities staff)
  • Hoverboards, electronic scooters and skateboards
  • Water filled devices like pools of any size, hot tubs, or water beds
  • Surveillance cameras and equipment
  • Lava lamps
  • Strobe lights
  • Smoke/fog machines
  • Music amplifiers
  • Any item used for door propping (wedges, etc.)

These items are prohibited in all non-kitchen units:

  • Toasters
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Instant Cookers (like Instant pots)
  • Countertop Grills such as panini makers, George Foreman grills, sandwich makers
  • Electric Skillets and Kettles
  • Hot Plates
  • Waffle Irons
  • Popcorn Poppers
  • Convection Ovens, Deep Air Fryers and Oil Fryers
  • Any items with an exposed heat producing source or element (i.e. immersion coil)

All appliances must have a manufacturer's label that shows the electrical ratings and listing by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (e.g., ETL, UL, etc.) . Back to top

Candles, Open Flames, and Flammable Items

Possession, storage, and/or use of candles, incense, incendiary devices, and fire producing items (including but not limited to: fuel burning stoves, fuel burning lamps, heaters, grills, torches, charcoal, lighter fluid, and propane cylinders) are prohibited. Residents are allowed, however, to possess matches and small cigarette lighters.

Holiday decorations, such as cut trees, wreaths and other live decorations are also not permitted. Visit here for more information: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/files/Guideline-8._Holiday-Tree-and-Decorations.pdf.

Special exception requests to use candles for religious or ritual observance should be referred to the House Dean or Sansom Manager. Visit here for more information: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/files/2014/07/Guideline_10._Religious-Candle-lighting-in-college-houses.pdfBack to top