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Health, Safety, and Security Regulations

Air Conditioners (Window and Portable Units)

Individual air conditioners are not permitted in any residence facility. Due to the occupancy numbers of each building, the permissibility of such appliances could overwhelm the electrical capacity and create a danger for all.


Appliances with exposed heating elements are not permitted in the on-campus residence halls. These devices include but are not limited to: broiler or toaster ovens, heating devices, hot plates, toasters, and space heaters (in emergencies, space heaters may be issued by the ResEd staff). The use of appliances with enclosed heating elements for cooking purposes such as coffeepots are only permitted in the common areas (public kitchens and lounges). If found plugged into an outlet in your room, it will be assumed to be in use. It is strongly recommended that all heat-producing items have an automatic shut-off device (e.g. irons, curling irons, etc.). All cooking must be done in the designated kitchen area. Personal microwave ovens, ranging between .4 and .9 cubic feet, are permitted in all residence halls except the Townhouses, College Houses, and Apartments where one is already provided.

One personal refrigerator per room, not to exceed 3.5 cubic feet, is permitted in all residence halls. The Off Campus Houses, Phelps, Hausdoerffer, and Townhouse residents are not permitted to possess refrigerators as one is already provided in their living area. Personal refrigerators are not to be kept in closets or bathrooms.

The College Owned Houses are equipped with full kitchens, therefore, cooking and the use of appliances with exposed and unexposed heating elements is permitted in the kitchen area. Residents may not utilize personal refrigerators, as one is provided. Major appliances not already supplied by the Trenton State Corp., such as portable dishwashers, washers and dryers, are not permitted in the homes or apartments.

No charcoal or gas grills are allowed on campus unless signed out through Residential Education.



Bunk-beds are not permitted in New Residence Hall, Eickhoff Hall, or the Townhouses. Bunkable beds are provided in all other halls. Lofts and other bed lifting mechanisms are not permitted in any hall.

Room Furnishings

At no time are students permitted to stack their furniture or remove college furniture from their rooms or common living areas. All personal furniture brought into the residence hall must be made of fire retardant materials. Please refer to the appliances and fire safety sections for additional information regarding room furnishings.

Key Policy


It is a resident’s responsibility to carry their room and building access key at all times and not to lend their keys to others. In an attempt to reinforce the responsibility of carrying a room key, residents who repeatedly sign out a spare key will be held accountable. After three requests for spare keys in one semester, a disciplinary hearing may be held and possible sanctions given. Further requests may result in additional sanctions. Students who either lose keys or have them stolen will be issued a spare key, and they will not be held accountable through the disciplinary system, but will be charged $50 for a lock change. The fee for a lock change in the College Owned Houses is more expensive. It is a direct cost of having a locksmith make all the necessary core changes and key cuts. If a spare key is not returned within seventy-two hours, a lock change will be administratively activated at the resident’s expense.

Guest Policy


Residents are welcome to have guests, however, each residential host assumes responsibly for their guests’ behavior and actions during their visit.  All guests in the building after 8 p.m. must be registered with the hall security desk. Any non- resident is in the building prior to 8 p.m., must register at 8 p.m. when the security desk begins operation. Each guest will be required to provide a picture ID and will be issued a Guest Pass.

Overnight guests are permitted for a maximum of three consecutive nights with the written approval of all roommate(s)/suitemates/apartment and floormates.  Solicitation is not allowed on campus unless approved through the Campus Activities. Door-to-door solicitation is strictly prohibited in the residence halls.


Halogen Lamps

The use of halogen lamps within all residence halls is not permitted.

Hallway Games

Because of the potential damage to the building and danger to residents, hallway games are not permitted. This includes but is not limited to throwing balls and frisbees, hockey, running, wrestling, roller blades, scooters, bikes, and water fights.

Exterior Doors

Leaving exit doors propped open or unlocked, or entering or exiting the residence hall through clearly marked exit doors which will only open during fire alarms, is a safety hazard. College Owned Home residents and Townhouse residents are expected to properly secure their entry doors at all times. The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the propping open of all egress doors, to include alarmed emergency egress doors.

Fire Safety


Leaving fire doors propped open is a safety hazard. All fire doors are to remain closed at all times and under no circumstances may be propped open. The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the propping of all fire doors.

Upon hearing a fire alarm, all residents/occupants are required to immediately evacuate the building, and shall not re-enter the building until authorized by the Campus Police or a residence life staff member. Upon detection of a fire, immediately exit your residence and activate the nearest pull alarm station.  Upon hearing an individual smoke detector alarm, residents must immediately notify the hall office and evacuate the building. During an alarm, all rooms must be entered to ensure the safety of the building and all residents. This search does not include opening of closets or drawers. In situations in which the fire safety of a building is in question, authorized individuals of The College’s Department of Administrative and Environmental Services shall have the right to impose additional restrictions and policies changes as necessary to ensure the safety of all building occupants. Such restrictions or policy changes may be in addition to, but may not conflict with or detract from, the provisions established by the state of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, as enforced by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety.

In strict adherence to the State of New Jersey’s Uniform Fire Code, The College strictly prohibits the following: Tampering or misuse of all fire safety equipment (which includes, but is not limited to, fire extinguishers; pull alarm stations; sprinkler heads; smoke detectors; heat sensors; exit lights; elevator phones, fire doors and call boxes); blocking doorways; hanging articles from windows; hanging objects on/from fire safety equipment or ceiling; initiating bomb scares; and initiating false alarms.

Due to the extreme potential for fire hazard, candles (even for  decorative purposes), incense, halogen lamps,  fireworks, smoke/fog machines or other flame-producing devices, and personal furniture containing or constructed of urethane are strictly prohibited from all residences.

All fire safety violations are considered very serious and may result in removal from residence.

Multi-Plug Adapters & Extension Cords

Effective June 1, 2001, The State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code strictly prohibits the use of all non-fused multi-plug adapters from Residence Halls. Power-strips with a breaker or fuse are required for all applications. Light-weight extension cords are prohibited from use (16 or 18 gauge brown/white cords) and all other heavy-duty extension cords may only be used for temporarily.

Pet Policy

For reasons of sanitation and security, The College has a specific policy against housing certain types of animals in residential facilities. Pets are prohibited in all College Owned Houses. However, fish, turtles, hamsters, mice, gerbils, small guinea pigs, iguanas, lizards, and hermit crabs are permitted.  Before bringing any other animal not specifically included above, discuss the matter with your Residence Director.  ALL animals must be confined to a glass tank that is no larger than ten gallons; wire cages are not permitted as they have been deemed unsanitary and easily escapable.  Heat lamps are not permitted due to fire safety concerns, but heated rocks are an acceptable alternative.  Animals may not be removed from their tanks at any time except for cleaning.  Animals which are specifically banned include, but not limited to:  cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, snakes, and birds.  These animals typically need to be taken out daily for exercise and comfort and/or have noise and sanitation concerns.

Student ID Card

Your student ID card serves many purposes. In addition to verifying your status as a TCNJ student, the card hosts your meal account, serves as collateral for borrowing items from the hall office and provides access into buildings. Students are expected to carry their ID at all times; lending your ID card to someone else or failing to present it when requested by a college official is a violation of college regulations. You may report lost or stolen IDs to the On-Line Card Office at or The Office of Student Accounts at 609.771.3145 (24 hours a day). A nominal replacement fee will be charged.

Throwing Objects Out Windows

Throwing objects out of windows is dangerous to individuals, their property, and the surrounding areas. It is also prohibited to remove screens, enter or exit a building through a window and/or  to suspend objects outside of a window. Firefighters interpret objects hanging outside a window as a signal for an emergency. This is considered a serious violation and may result in removal from residence.

Quiet Hours & Noise

To ensure an environment conducive to sleep and study, individuals are responsible for monitoring their personal noise level. Noise is considered a problem when it is deemed disruptive to others. Quiet hours are in effect from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 8 a.m., Friday and Saturday. During quiet hours, all noise must be confined to student rooms at a level that cannot be heard outside the room when the door is closed. Quiet hours are in effect twenty-four hours-a-day during reading periods and finals week at the end of each semester.

All remaining hours of the day are considered courtesy hours. During courtesy hours, all noise must be kept to a level which is respectful to other residents in the building and residents are asked to comply with reasonable requests from their peers. If residence life staff deem appropriate, students can be documented for violating the noise policy during courtesy hours. Amplified music or bands are not allowed and all groups using common areas and/or lounges need to abide by quiet hours.

Common Area Cleanliness & Damage

The common areas (bathrooms, elevators, hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms, lobby, lounges) are for everyone’s use and should be left in the condition in which they were found. Residents will be held accountable for excessive cleaning charges. Bodily fluids spills may require specialized cleaning by building services, contact a staff member. Damage assessments for vandalism and missing property, including excessive cleaning fees due to damages, are a shared responsibility of the respective residents (apartment, floor, hall, room, townhouse).

Posting Policy

All posters, fliers, and mailbox stuffers must be approved for posting and distribution by the Dean of Students Office, located on the second floor of the student center. Posting must comply with the posting guidelines as published in The College of New Jersey Student Handbook and Student Organization and Advisors Guide. Approvals are done on Monday and Thursday afternoons.