Personalizing the space in rooms and/or apartments is encouraged. However, Housing and Residence Life requires that this be done in a manner that does not cause damage, and does not violate state law, university policy, Housing and Residence Life community standards or is deemed to be defamatory and/or degrading to members of the university community. Room décor must take into consideration all roommates’ tastes.
Poster-hanging products that guarantee no surface damage, such as a product produced by 3-M called Command picture hanging strips, are the only products permitted on our walls and furniture surfaces. Due to fire safety reasons, decorations may not be affixed to ceilings, or be attached to or block any fire safety equipment including smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, and exit signs. Decorations must not impede access to hallways, doorways, stairs, corridors, or other equipment.
Due to fire safety concerns, no more than 10% of a room’s wall space can be covered by combustible decorative materials including but not limited to: including paper, posters, streamers, polyester materials, lights, etc. No rugs, bed sheets/spreads or tapestries can be hung in any Housing and Residence Life space. Small twinkle lights, artificial trees, wreaths, and other such decorations, are approved, provided they are UL listed.
Exteriors of room doors (the side that faces hall corridors) and room windows are considered public space. Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to have removed items that could be construed as bigoted, demeaning, degrading, or victimizing in a discriminatory manner. Other questions about what is permitted should be referred to your Resident/Community Assistant or Resident Director.