Health and Safety

COVID-19: Living in Community

All residents are required to exercise self-leadership and mutual respect in their interactions with one another. Residents are expected to take active steps to promote and protect not only their own health and well-being, but that of others within the community as well. Therefore, residents must adhere to all the health and safety protocols found on the Health Center site.


At no time may any flammable items be stored in or around living areas. This includes barbeques. In addition, open flame combustibles (candles, incense, oil-burning lamps, etc.) may not be burned in or around any residential unit. Motorized (gas powered) conveyances may not be stored in or around living areas. Electric conveyances have risks associated with their use and are detailed in the Electric Transportation Devices and Batteries policy. Also prohibited are live wreaths, Christmas trees and boughs, and large decorative Christmas lights. Other nonflammable holiday decorations may be used in compliance with all Facility Use policies. Posters, tapestries, etc., may not be hung or placed on ceilings or covering doorways.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms must not be tampered with in any way (e.g., removing the batteries, disconnecting, etc.). Any student found doing so will be subject to disciplinary action.

Appliances and Equipment

For reasons related to fire safety, electrical loads, and community disruption, electrical appliance and equipment usage must be limited. In general, any appliance/device with an open flame or exposed heating element is prohibited, as are electrical appliances and equipment that draw significant electrical current or are deemed too disruptive to the community. Prohibited appliances/devices may include, but are not limited to:

  • Air conditioners/ceiling fans
  • Any appliance not clearly marked as UL-approved
  • Electric saucepans/skillets
  • Extension cords
  • Hot plates
  • Instant pots/air fryers (in the halls)
  • Microwaves (in the halls)
  • Space heaters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Toasters (in the halls)
  • Electric scooters, bicycles, or other conveyances may be stored in rooms, but cannot be charged inside residence halls, including student rooms. Please see the Electric Transportation Devices and Batteries policy for information on proper use.

Acceptable electric appliances/devices (when used with proper care) include:

  • Circuit-breaker-protected power bars
  • Clocks
  • Computers
  • Curling irons/curlers
  • Dorm-room refrigerators (must be marketed as mini or compact)
  • Electric hot pots (for water)
  • Fans
  • Hair dryers (small)
  • Reading lamps
  • Televisions/gaming systems
  • Electric scooters, bicycles, or other conveyances may be stored in rooms, but cannot be charged inside residence halls, including student rooms. Please see the Electric Transportation Devices and Batteries policy for information on proper use.

Each appliance/device must be UL-approved and must not be left unattended when in use. For any appliance not included in these lists, Residence Life must give approval before it is used. If the use of any of your items poses a health or safety concern, causes a disruption to the community, or causes property damage or property loss, you may be subject to disciplinary action and associated costs or sanctions, regardless of whether the item is approved. The director for each living area is the final authority on what appliances and equipment will be allowed in student living areas.


Students are not allowed to keep animals of any kind, though exceptions exist for students with accommodations granted through APU’s Accessibility and Disability Resources. Feeding and temporarily keeping animals in or around living areas is also prohibited; residents who do so will be subject to a fine, cleaning and fumigation fees, and possible disciplinary action. Students are responsible for any damage done by approved or nonapproved animals in their unit.

Electric Transportation Devices and Batteries

Electric conveyances (skateboards, bikes, scooters, hoverboards, etc.) may not be charged in or around residence halls due to the significant risk of fire in densely populated spaces. Students may use them on campus in compliance with the vehicle code but must find other places to charge these devices.

Charging these devices in the residence halls may result in the removal of the device from campus and/or disciplinary action. Charging of these devices in campus apartments is permitted but must be done only in designated kitchen areas to ensure devices are not near flammables such as carpet, linens, furniture, etc.

Storage or use of these devices (except those intended solely to assist people experiencing handicaps/disabilities) within living area common spaces (including hallways, outside walkways, and lawn areas) is not permitted. Any use of electric conveyances that is deemed to be reckless within living area outdoor spaces is also prohibited. Students responsible for violating these expectations will be subject to disciplinary action.

Safety Recommendations

Fire authorities recommend adopting the following actions to aid in avoiding battery fires from electric transportation devices:

  • Charging of devices in campus apartments should be done in kitchen space only.
  • Never leave devices unattended when charging, and do not leave them charging overnight.
  • Buy devices that have been tested by a reputable laboratory, like UL Solutions.
  • Use only the manufacturer’s power chargers and batteries designed specifically for your device.
  • Keep batteries at room temperature and away from any flammable objects.
  • Store your bike away from doors and windows that block exits.
  • See more Safety Tips For Electric Conveyances from the National Fire Protection Association (PDF)
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