Policies and Regulations

Q - What items are prohibited?

A - The following items should be left at home:

* Appliances with an open flame or open coil burner or requires gas or other flamable liquids, burning incense, and candles

* Extension cords, electric room deodorizers and candle warmers, sun lamps, halogen lamps, and air conditioners

* Ammunition and weapons of any kind—guns, explosive devices, bowie knives, daggers, swords, slingshots, leaded canes, switch-blade knives, blackjacks, metallic/brass knuckles, etc.

* Alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia

* Water beds

* Weight lifting equipment

* Live Christmas trees, combustion engines, combustibles, explosives, fire crackers

* Pets other than fish. Fish must be kept in a container no larger than 10 gallons

* Stolen property (street signs, etc.)

* Any item considered dangerous or offensive to others

You may view the full text of rules and regulations of Housing and Residence Life online here

Q - What should I bring?

A -  General Necessities

  • Blankets, bedspreads, and mattress pads
  • Twin-size long sheets & pillow cases
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, clothes basket, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries (shower shoes, shower caddy, etc.)
  • Shower curtains for apartments
  • Wastebasket (UL classified fire resistant)
  • Shampoo, hair dryer
  • Flashlight with betteries
  • Glasses (water)
  • Lamps (bed & desk) (not halogen)
  • Sewing kit
  • Cleaning supplies (mop, broom, etc.)
  • Towels & facecloths
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan - all halls are air conditioned except for Dossett Hall
  • Garbage bags
  • Iron with automatic shut-off
  • Personal cell phone - no land lines provided
  • Plastic storage containers

Items nice to have

  • Computer/laptop and printer (click here for information about connecting to ResNET)
  • Pots and pans
  • TV (click here for tv requirements for on-campus cable)
  • Headphones
  • Desk supplies (stapler, paper clips, calendar, scissors, tacks, glue, pens, and pencils)
  • Food seasoning
  • Plants
  • Stationery
  • Curtains/drapes - please use a spring rod to put up curtains/drapes  *all windows come with mini blinds
  • Rugs
  • Tableware
  • Coffeepot
  • Memo board
  • Bookends
  • Portable shelves
  • Mini-Refrigerator (except where provided) -no larger than 5 cubic ft.
  • Microwave (except where provided)
  • Power strip (no extension cords)
  • Umbrella

Q - What about safety and security?

A - The University and Housing and Residence Life have a mission to educate students in a safe and productive community environment. The University employs full-time Public Safety officers as well as full and part time housing personnel who are on duty 24 hours, seven days a week and provides recorded video surveillance in some locations.  It is the duty and responsibility of every student, staff, and guest to practice safe behaviors. 

* Always keep your room door locked, even when just stepping down the hall.

* Call ETSU Public Safety at 423-439-4480 to report suspicious persons/behaviors

* Observe posted visitation hours, properly sign in guests at the desk, inform guests of University/Housing policies, escort guests to/from room 

* Attend campus safety and crime prevention programs

* Report lost/stolen IDs and keys to hall staff and/or ETSU Public Safety

* Never lend your room key/access card or student ID.  Keep these items secure at all times.

* Report vandalism to hall staff and/or Public Safety immediately; vandalism may result in the entire hall/floor being assessed charges for the damages 

* Never prop open hall doors

* Exit the building immediately when the fire alarm sounds

* Ride the Campus Bucshot or call ETSU Public Safety at 423-439-4480 for a walking escort.

You may view the ETSU campus safety report online at


Q - What is the visitation/guest policy?

A - On-campus housing offers several options for visitation including a 24-hour, seven day a week option.  All residents will have an opportunity to vote on some of those options at the beginning of the semester, and will be provided guidelines pertaining to visitation.  Roommates must reach an agreement as well on what visitation hours are appropriate for their room within the set hall policies.

Q - What is the university policy on drinking?

A – ETSU is a dry campus – no alcoholic beverages are allowed on campus property.

Q – What is the smoking policy in University Housing?

A – ETSU is a non-smoking campus.  Smoking is permitted on campus only in students’ vehicles.

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