NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY 21 2023–2024 RESIDENTIAL LIVING GUIDE 20 Only UL approved extension cords are allowed for use within the residence halls. Halogen lamps are not allowed in the residence halls. No open coil cooking equipment is permitted (except for stoves in apartments). Flags, posters, or any other materials may not be displayed in the windows or in the room in such a way that they are visible out the window or through the room. The Director of Residence Life must approve any exception to these policies in writing. Kitchen Electrical Appliances Coffee makers, microwaves, mini ovens and any other appliances with exposed heating elements shall never be left unattended while in operation. Coffee makers are only allowed if they are equipped with an automatic shut-off. Mini-ovens and toasters should be unplugged after each use and stored only after they are cool enough to be touched. Ensure that such appliances are operated away from combustible materials such as paper, upholstery, trash containers, etc. These appliances shall only be used inside breakroom areas. Mini-ovens, toasters and air fryers are not permitted in residential sleeping areas (i.e. never inside Commons bedrooms or on Leo Goodwin desks/dressers; kitchen appliances in apartmentstyle units must be in kitchen areas at all times). Cooking appliances shall never be left unattended while in operation. All appliances must be plugged directly to wall outlet; no extension cords allowed. All kitchen appliances must be unplugged when not in use. Decorations/Items Residence Hall Rooms/Apartments While there is opportunity for students to express individuality in decorating their rooms, the following guidelines are to be used: Combustible materials are prohibited such as: straw, hay, palm fronds, vines, branches, etc. The use of nails, screws, or adhesive substances such as contact paper, glue, double sided tape, or decals on walls, ceilings, floors, doors, or furnishings results in damage to existing surfaces and is therefore prohibited. Only 3M ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape is allowed on walls and must be removed when the resident vacates the room. No alteration of electrical fixtures or plumbing fixtures, including shower heads and bidet units, are permitted. Residents are not permitted to paint the apartment woodwork, walls or ceiling without the approval of the Office of University Housing. No refinishing of the furniture, painting or papering of the room is permitted. Use or installation of wood paneling and/or tiles is prohibited. The vertical blinds are not to be removed from any window. Screens are not to be removed from any windows. Residents are not to remove University furniture from their apartments. The University Housing staff conducts periodic inventories of University property Only Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved mini-lights are permitted and all lighting sets must have this label. All lights must be unplugged. When residents retire for the evening or leave the room. Exterior lighting is not permitted. Lights must be 18 inches from the ceiling and away from sprinkler heads in all areas. Live Christmas trees are not permitted in the residence halls. Laundry Facilities Laundry rooms are located in each residence hall and in each unit in Mako Hall. The cost to wash or dry in the community laundry rooms is FREE. Machine malfunctions should be immediately reported to your RA or the Office of University Housing in a timely manner. Please read laundry tips that are posted in each community laundry room. Locks and Keys All locks and keys are the property of Nova Southeastern University and are not to be repaired, altered, changed, or duplicated except by University Public Safety personnel, at the request of the Office of Residence Life or University Housing. Duplication of keys is prohibited. Adding or altering locks is prohibited. Once a student checks into the residence halls and receives their keys, the students are responsible for them. If a student’s key is lost or stolen, or if for any other reason a student wishes to have their lock changed, they will be responsible for the cost of re-keying the room. The cost to re-key a door is $75. The cost to replace an exterior door key is $75 each. If a key is lost, please notify the RA on duty or professional Residence Life staff immediately. If a student is accidentally locked out of their room/apartment, contact the RA on duty or Public Safety. There will be a $25 fine for lockouts beginning with the third and each consecutive lockout. The exterior doors to all buildings will be locked at all times. Night security is in place after 11:15 p.m. in Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, the Commons, Mako Hall and Rolling Hills Buildings A and C. The buildings remain secure and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and require the scanning of your NSU SharkCard. There will be a monetary fine and judicial consequences for residents who do not scan their SharkCard when entering a building. NSU reserves the right to remove appliance for nuisance calls or use in unauthorized areas. Oil Fryers, griddles and hot plates are prohibited in all NSU Facilities. Note: Power strips are designed for use with a number of low-powered loads, such as computers, peripherals, or audio/video components. Power strips are not designed for high power loads such as refrigerators and microwave ovens or any cooking appliance, which an easily exceed the recommended ampere ratings on many power strips. For more information on acceptable appliances in the residence halls, please visit the Fire Prevention Policy document located at nova.edu/ehs/fire-emergency/fire-life-safety.html. Public Areas All regulations pertaining to room decorations must also be followed in public areas. For the Commons community and hallway space, all decorations and or painting must be approved in writing by the Director of Residence Life. Defacement, Littering, and Community Damage Residents are expected to keep their residence hall and the outside grounds clean. Defacing, littering, or damaging the property of the University if prohibited. The student or students responsible may be required to pay in full for the damage caused. In times of repeat damage, littering, or defacement that cannot be traced to a responsible party, community billing may be assessed to all members of the wing, area, hall, or building. If a student is caught littering, inside or outside the halls, the student will be charged a fine of $100 per occurrence and may receive a conduct outcome from the Office of Residence Life. Trash dumpsters and chutes are provided at the end of each hallway in all halls for student trash. If a student dumps their room trash in the trash cans designated for public usage (e.g., the laundry room, lounges, outside trash containers), the student will be charged $100 per occurrence and may receive a conduct outcome from the Office of Residence Life.