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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/current/decorations/holiday_decorations.html

Holiday Decorating Guidelines

Decorations - A limited number of decorations may be placed on student room doors and in community lounges. Decorations must be made of materials that are fire-retardant or flame-proof. Decorations may cover up to 20 percent of the exterior surface of a student’s room door. Candles or devices with an open flame are a fire hazard and may not be used. Please note that public area decorations are limited to student room doors and community lounges so that the safety of residents, and their ability to respond to an emergency situation, is not compromised.

Lights - Holiday lights, including rope lights, may be displayed in student rooms and community lounges. The lights must carry the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label. Holiday lights may not be placed on any surface that has the capacity to carry an electrical current, metal door and window frames, as well as metal bed springs and lofts. Hence, holiday lights are not to be placed on any of these items. Holiday and rope lights should be plugged into a power strip that is in good working condition, has a three-wire plug (is grounded), and carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory label. Holiday lights should be unplugged whenever a room is unoccupied.

Trees - Artificial holiday trees may be placed in student rooms and community lounges. The trees, and their decorations, need to be made of fire-retardant materials. Holiday lights placed on trees need to carry the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Live holiday trees and holiday greens are a fire hazard and may not be used as decoration in the residence halls.

Menorahs - Electric menorahs may be placed in student rooms and community lounges.  Menorahs with candles are a fire hazard and may not be used.

All artificial trees, holiday lights, and decorations must be removed from public areas prior to the beginning of Winter Break.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Department of Residential Life, 111 Carkoski Commons, 507-389-1011, or reslife@mnsu.edu.