Policies (Metro)

Prohibited & Restricted Items


Certain items are prohibited in the residence halls for safety and security purposes. These include, but are not limited to, the following items

  • Air conditioners;
  • air freshener plug-ins;
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • alcoholic containers (open or unopened);
  • alcoholic paraphernalia (e.g., keg taps, bongs, funnels);
  • ammunition;
  • blenders;
  • burners of any type;
  • candles;
  • coffeemakers;
  • decorative strings of lights (including holiday lights);
  • electric frying pans;
  • espresso machines;
  • extension cords;
  • fireworks or explosives;
  • flame-emitting articles;
  • flammable liquids and other similar materials;
  • flammable plants (i.e., punks);
  • furniture — extra furniture is not allowed (e.g., sofas, beds, desks, chairs);
  • grills (indoor or outdoor) of any kind including electric, gas or coal;
  • firearms and/or guns of any type including bb guns, pellet guns and water guns;
  • halogen lamps;
  • heaters of any type;
  • heating coils;
  • live holiday trees or other live items such as sprays of green and wreaths, etc., are not permitted in the residence halls;
  • hookahs;
  • hotplates;
  • hot pots;
  • illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia (e.g., bongs, roaches);
  • illegal knives (as defined by New Jersey law);
  • incense;
  • lava lamps;
  • ovens;
  • pets (only small nonpoisonous fish in a tank not to exceed 5 gallons in size permitted);
  • potpourri burners;
  • power tools (large);
  • refrigerators larger than 4.4 cubic feet;
  • rice cookers;
  • routers;
  • slow or pressure cookers;
  • smoothie makers;
  • space heaters;
  • toasters (only permitted in the kitchen area of residence halls with full kitchens);
  • water gel or loft beds;
  • weapons of any type (e.g., slingshots, nunchaku sticks, knives, Chinese stars, bow and arrows or any other dangerous instruments); and
  • weightlifting equipment (large).

Authorized, if …

The following electrical appliances are authorized for use in student rooms if an Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) label is on the appliance

  • Surge protectors,
  • televisions,
  • stereo component systems,
  • clocks,
  • fans,
  • hair dryers,
  • hair setters,
  • Keurig-type coffeemakers (single serve with automatic shut off and without a hotplate);
  • microfridges rented from the University-approved vendor, or personal refrigerators, must be under 4.4 cubic feet (only one is allowed in any residence hall space),
  • microwaves,
  • personal computers.


Confiscated items become property of the University and will be discarded or, when possible, donated to a local charity. Items will not be returned to residents. A minimum fine of at least $50 will be issued for each item confiscated.

Alcohol and Smoking


The possession or consumption (and being in the presence) of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the residence halls or anywhere on campus — even if you are of legal drinking age.


Smoking is prohibited in all residence hall buildings/rooms and common spaces.