Prohibited Items

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Any electrical item you bring must be UL-Listed (with the following logo)
UL Logo

Adjustable window screens may only be used if students place them on the inside of the room (not in the window itself), so that the screen will not fall out of the window. Please click on the photo below for a larger example.Example of window screen inside the room

The following items are prohibited in ALL Barnard owned and operated residence halls.  Items will be confiscated and not returned to students if found. 

  • Air conditioners (both window and portable units), evaporative coolers, heating/cooling pads
  • Yellow / Blue "sticky stuff" or double-sided tape for hanging posters (you may only use blue painter's tape)
  • "Removable" wallpaper or wall decals (they do not remove as easy as promised and damage the paint on the wall)
  • Pets (only fish, in a 5 gallon or less tank, and approved service/support animals are allowed)
  • Candles / Incense
  • Any non-College-provided furniture and/or mattresses (see permitted exceptions)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plate, induction cooktop (ex. NuWave), open coil heaters, toaster, or toaster oven
  • Pressure cookers
  • Deep fryers
  • Space heaters
  • Lava lamps
  • Extension cords (only surge protectors are allowed, example)
  • Water beds
  • Hover boards / smart boards / electric skateboards / self-balancing scooters
  • Any smoking devices or paraphernalia, including but not limited to, pipes, bongs, vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, and hookahs
  • Fog Machines
  • Any electrical items that are not UL-Listed
  • Illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia
  • Weapons (including guns, tasers, knives, swords, etc)
  • Hazardous & combustible chemicals, which includes (but is not limited to) propane, gasoline, paint thinner, charcoal, and lighter fluid
  • Thermometers containing mercury (sale is prohibited in NY State)

The following items are only allowed in Apartment-Style Suite style kitchens and may not be used in bedrooms or in the Quad or Elliott kitchenettes:

  • Microwaves or "Micro-Fridges" (with attached microwaves)
  • George Forman-style grills or panini makers (only if they have auto-shutoff)
  • Crockpots & rice cookers (only if they have auto-shutoff)

The maximum size mini-fridge allowed in all residence halls is 3.5 cubic feet.