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Expectations and Prohibited Items

There are several guidelines set forth by the Department of Housing and Residence Life, which include but are not limited to: the content included in our Housing and Culinary Services Contract terms and conditions, specialized living experience expectations and contracts, the Housing and Residence Life website, and verbal and/or written instructions from University staff. The following policies listed below are not inclusive of all policies within the Student Code of Conduct but focus on residential communities and expectations within the residence halls.

The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility administers the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct and the processing of policy violations. The Student Code of Conduct emphasizes the university’s obligation to promote your personal freedom, maturity, and responsibility. Students are strongly encouraged to ask questions pertaining to the Code of Conduct if they encounter any uncertainty regarding university rules and regulations. Questions or concerns may be directed to Housing and Residence Life staff or the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility. As a student, you accept the responsibility to abide by all university rules and regulations.

For more details, refer to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility website

Access and Security

Access and security is an active and shared responsibility of both the University and its residents. The residence halls are equipped with an electronic access at each entrance. For your safety and security, please adhere to all policies noted below:

  • Failure of students and guests to present proper University or government issued identification to University staff (including RAs) upon request is prohibited.
  • Lending or borrowing an OU student identification or government issued identification is prohibited.
  • Knowingly supplying false or misleading identification information is prohibited.

For more information consult the Code of Conduct.

Illegal Entry and Trespassing
  • Unauthorized entry into any living space or restricted access areas of residential communities (e.g., mechanical rooms, roofs, closed buildings, housekeeping closets, storage areas) is prohibited.
  • Permitting unknown persons into residential communities is prohibited.
  • Propping or inhibiting locking mechanisms of exterior doors is prohibited.
  • Entering or exiting residential spaces through a window is prohibited.
  • Entry or attempted entry when residential buildings are closed is prohibited.


The following are prohibited uses of any issued keys or access cards:

  • Unauthorized use, possession, or duplication of keys and keycards is prohibited.
  • Switching and/or borrowing keys or keycards is prohibited.
  • Throwing keys or access devices out of your window is prohibited.
  • Failure to immediately report lost keys or keycards to the Living Learning Center is prohibited.


If you are locked out of your room, contact a Housing and Residence Life staff member in your building or complex to assist you. If you cannot find a RA, SRA, GRD, ARD or RD to assist you during the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday- Friday, you can visit the Living Learning Center on South Green to check out a loaner key.

If your lockout occurs on a Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., contact your building/complex duty phone. Additionally, if you are locked out at any time, on a weekend day, call your building/complex duty phone.


Lost and Unreturned Keys

If you lose your keys, you will need to visit the Living Learning Center to pick up loaner keys. After 8 p.m. or on weekends, please contact the RA on duty to receive a loaner key.

If you do not find your keys within three days from when you receive a loaner key, you will be assessed $95.00 for the room key and $10.00 for the mod key. The charge will be added to your student account. You are responsible for returning your keys when you move out of a building.

Failure to return keys when checking out will result in a replacement cost and the changing of the lock mechanism on your room, the cost of which is $95.00 for the room key and $10.00 for the mod key.

Prohibited Items and Substances

At Ohio University, we are committed to fostering a safe and conducive living and learning environment for all our students. To ensure the well-being of our community members and maintain a harmonious atmosphere within our residence halls, we have established a set of policies and guidelines that govern various aspects of campus life. Below is a detailed list of prohibited items and substances not allowed within the residence halls.

  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited.
  • Manufacturing and/or selling of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Providing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 is prohibited.
  • Residents under the age of 21 are prohibited from hosting an event with alcohol in their room, even if guests are over the age of 21.
  • Possession of common source alcohol containers (e.g., kegs, party kegs) is prohibited.
  • Possession or display of alcoholic paraphernalia such as beer funnels, beer bongs, beer pong tables, etc. is prohibited. The above are just a few examples, but not an exhaustive list.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol, regardless of age in a community space (e.g., lounges, mod spaces, hallways, community centers, courtyards, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Underaged students present in a room, suite, apartment, or general vicinity that contains alcohol will be documented and go through the Community Standards process.
  • Empty alcohol bottles are prohibited, including those used as decorative items.
  • Parents may not supply alcohol or consume alcohol within a residence hall if their student is under 21.
  • Residents who are of legal drinking age are still responsible for their actions and the manner in which they present themselves while under the influence of alcohol.

For more information consult the Code of Conduct.

Air Conditioners

Ohio University prohibits the installation of personal air conditioners (both window and floor/free standing models).

Controlled Substances
  • Use, presence of, possession, manufacture, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, and/or natural or synthetic compounds is prohibited. In these situations, Ohio University Police will be contacted.
  • Prescription drugs taken outside of their intended use or by anyone other than the patient is prohibited.
  • Non-prescription drugs taken outside their intended use as identified on the packaging or as directed are prohibited.
  • Possession of drug-related paraphernalia (e.g., bongs, pipes, syringes, scales, grinders) is prohibited.
  • Students present in a room, suite, apartment, or general vicinity that contains controlled substances may be found in violation of the policy.

For more information consult the Code of Conduct.

Electrical Sources and Appliances

Adaptors and Extension Cords

  • Multi-plug adapters, such as cube adapters, outlet splitters, unfused plug strips or any other similar device are prohibited.
  • A 3-prong (grounded) electrical item or cord being plugged into a 2-prong outlet are prohibited (e.g., a hairdryer with a 3-prong cord must be plugged into a 3-prong outlet).
  • Multi-plug adapters with surge protection are permissible.
  • Extension cords are prohibited.
  • Electrical cords cannot be run under carpeting, pinched in doors, or placed under piles of clothes; doing so may allow excessive heat build-up or may damage the wire’s insulation and cause short circuiting.


  • Appliances exceeding 1,000 watts are prohibited.
  • Possession or use of unapproved electrical devices is prohibited. Prohibited electrical equipment and appliances include electrical heating devices (e.g., space heaters), air fryers, toaster ovens, toasters, grills, sandwich makers, food dehydrators, woks, waffle irons, bread makers, personal refrigerator, personal microwave, hot plates, heating coils, electrical skillets, electric griddle, crockpots, and rice cookers.
  • Please do not leave permitted electrical equipment/appliances unattended while in use. Appliances with exposed elements (e.g., coils) are prohibited.
  • Limit the use of duct tape to hanging plastic on windows during winter months; duct tape cannot be used to hang wires around a room, as residue is left behind. Duct tape residue present at move out could result in a charge for removal/cleaning/repair.
  • Never tamper with university wiring by removing or replacing light fixtures or electrical outlets. Do not wire any appliance or equipment directly to the university wiring. All electrical equipment and appliances must be in good repair. The plugs and insulation must be intact, motor clean, and guards in place. All electrical appliances used in the residence halls must be U.L. listed.

Electrical Overloading

  • Residential facilities vary in their electrical capacity limits. If you find that you have lost power in your room at any time, contact Facilities Management at 740.593.2911. Try to determine which appliance or piece of equipment is causing the overload and redistribute some appliances to another circuit.
  • To prevent electrical fires, Housing and Residence Life prohibits the use of extension cords and outlet splitters, which plug directly into an outlet to create additional outlets. Only surge protectors with an attached cord and an on/off switch may be used to create multiple outlets.
  • The microfridge unit and the window air conditioners must be plugged directly into separate wall outlets. They may not be plugged into the same outlet.

Microwave and Safe-T Sensor

  • The microwave, which is part of the refrigerator unit provided by the university, has a Safe-T Sensor on the back, which detects burning food. The Safe-T Sensor must always remain plugged in.
  • Removal and/or damage to the Safe-T Sensor may result in a monetary fine/fee, along with a conduct referral with the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.
  • If you experience an issue with your Safe-T-Sensor, you should file a work order here.


  • Halogen, octopus, and upward facing lamps with exposed bulbs are prohibited.
  • Decorative or holiday lights exceeding 25 feet in length are prohibited.
  • Connecting more than two light strands together is prohibited.

Wall Outlets

  • ·Air conditioners, microfridge unit, and power strips/surge protectors must be plugged in directly to a wall outlet. Only one of these appliances can be plugged in to an outlet at a time. This is necessary so that the outlet does not exceed its capacity.
  • Some residence hall rooms have a light fixture over the dresser with a two-prong outlet built in. No more than one appliance can plug into these light fixtures at a time.

The following is a guideline of items that are banned from the residence halls and surrounding areas and are subject to further investigation by the Department of Housing and Residence Life and/or the Ohio University Police Department. This list is not all encompassing, and Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to deem non-listed items as weapons. Items deemed as weapons can be confiscated by OUPD or staff members.

  • Guns: Any hazardous or deadly weapon and/or an object that utilizes compressed air in its mechanisms; this includes, but is not limited to airsoft guns, paintball guns, BB guns, stun guns/tasers, tear gas guns, handguns, shotguns, rifles, semi-automatic weapons, and/or assault weapons.
  • Explosives: Any weapon or object that utilizes a substance that can be made to explode and/or cause hazardous or deadly consequences; this includes but is not limited to chemical and dry ice bombs, fireworks, ammunition, grenades, gasoline, bottle bombs, propane, and/or other objects containing toxic or noxious substances.
  • Knives and Other Weapons: Any weapon or object including, but not limited to the following: knives with blades over 3 inches long (except standard kitchen utensils that are exclusively used in food preparation), hunting knives, swords, spears, bows, and arrows, daggers, dirks, stiletto knives, machetes, axes, hatchets, switchblades, clubs, and/or batons.
  • Non-Weapons Clause: Any object not mentioned above used to intimidate, threaten, harm, and/or provide force can be considered a weapon under the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct. This determination was made by Ohio University Police Department, Housing and Residence Life, and/or the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.
  • Souvenir or Non-Active Weapons: Any object mentioned above considered as “inactive,” meaning that the item does not have harmful capabilities, or any realistic replicas or souvenirs of the above-mentioned items are prohibited within the residence hall. To abide by the State of Ohio Revised Code, any legally registered weapons may be stored in a locked personal vehicle only. Ohio University Police Department or Housing and Residence Life does not provide storage for any type of weapons at any time.

For more information consult the Code of Conduct.