Given the uncertain nature of the pandemic and its possible impact on campus operations, we recommend that all students pack lightly. Please only bring necessary items so that move-out, if we were to shift to remote operations, would be as easy as possible.

A good guide for your planning is to consider only bringing items that one person can realistically move in on their own. While also factoring their residence hall facilities (i.e. stairs, elevator access) individual travel circumstances, reliance on public transportation, etc.

Bringing and having ready a Quarantine Bag is an essential thing to have while on campus.  This will contain necessary items and supplies in the event that you are moved to quarantine housing – which is likely to happen unexpectedly and require urgency.

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COVID-19 Mitigation Supplies

While many of these items would be something you would bring any year, we feel these are particularly important to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to keep you safe.

  • Clothing for at least 2 weeks (not having to do laundry)
  • 3-5 reusable/washable face coverings
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethyl alcohol
  • Reusable digital thermometer, with extra batteries (if applicable)
  • Cleaning Supplies (disinfecting wipes, all-purpose cleaner, etc.)
  • Facial tissues
  • Copies of health insurance cards (if applicable)
  • Prescription medications and over the counter medication (i.e. fever-reducing medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen)

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Quarantine Bag

In the event that you are required to move into quarantine, we highly recommend that you have items set aside to bring with you to quarantine.  Have a bag in an easily accessible location in your room that is pre-packed. Items on this list that you may use on a daily basis (like a laptop) should be close by and easy to pack on short notice. Keep in mind that current guidance would require someone to be in quarantine or isolation for 10-14 days, so plan accordingly.

  • Extra cell phone charger
  • List of important numbers, including emergency contact numbers
  • List of any allergies
  • Copy of your health insurance card
  • Comfy clothes for at least 2 weeks; sweats, PJ pants, T’s (laundry is not available)
  • Extra bedding (twin XL sheets, blanket, pillow)
  • 14-day supply of prescription medications
  • Over the counter medications (i.e. fever-reducing medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Thermometer
  • Toiletries for 10-14 days
  • Towels
  • Electronics (i.e. laptop, tablet, or phone)
  • Textbooks and materials needed for class
  • Tissues
  • Snacks and beverages
  • An extra mask or face-covering
  • Personal comfort items or things to pass the time

While you are in quarantine housing, you are not able to leave your assigned room.  As such having a bag ready to go with the supplies you will need is essential.

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General Items

Depending on your personal preference, here are some general items that we recommend packing to come to campus.

  • Supplies for classwork (pens, highlighters, notebooks, etc)
  • Laptop computer and accessories
  • Book bag or backpack
  • Clothing for at least 14 days
  • Bathrobe and shower shoes
  • Clothing hangers/storage containers
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Twin XL sheets, pillows, blanket, comforter, mattress protector, mattress pad (not egg-crate style per Norton Fire Marshal)
  • Toiletries (shower caddy, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, menstrual hygiene products, etc.)
  • Cell phone and accessories
  • First aid kit
  • Laundry supplies (detergent, fabric softener, drying rack, laundry bag)
  • 2-3 items for decoration (i.e. posters, photos, etc.). We recommend sticky tack to temporarily attach items to the wall to reduce damage.
  • UL-safety-listed multiple outlet plugs with surge protector
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Prescribed medication

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Other Items Permitted in Our Residence Halls

While these items are permitted within the halls, they are not essential. We recommend you consider the implications of moving them during an unexpected closure of the residence halls.

  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp or reading lamp
  • Mini vacuum
  • Plates, mugs, cups, utensils, etc.
  • Mini fridge (up to 3 cubic ft.)
  • Electric kettle or Keurig (no exposed heating element)
  • Crock Pot, rice cooker, or pressure cooker
  • Blenders
  • Clothing steamer / iron
  • Curling iron / straightener
  • Plants
  • A small tool kit
  • A mirror
  • Memo board or dry-erase board
  • Window or box fan
  • Small air scrubber

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What Not to Bring

The following is a list of items that are not permitted in residential units or on college property at any time. This list is not comprehensive and the College reserves the right to deem other items as prohibited at any time and without advanced notice.

These items are NOT permitted within the residence halls per College policy and/or in compliance with the Norton Fire Marshal.

  • Air conditioners (unless for a pre-approved housing accommodation)
  • Any items that create an open flame (candles, incense burners)
  • Any items with exposed heating elements (electric pans, griddles, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, waffle irons, lava lamps, space heaters, etc.)
  • Coffee pots with exposed warming area
  • Grills (including George Foreman brand)
  • Microwaves (except as part of a Micro Fridge unit)
  • Pets (except fish or 100% aquatic creatures like axolotls)
  • Tapestries or any other cloth wall hanging (curtains over windows are ok with NFPA 701 certification)
  • String lights or LED strips
  • Light-duty extension cords
  • Upholstered furniture without CAL 117 fire rating
  • Halogen lamps
  • “Egg-crate style” mattress pads
  • Weapons (knives, decorative swords, firearms, etc.)
  • Pools of any kind (inflatable, free-standing, etc)
  • Trampolines of any size
  • Electronic hoverboards
  • Space heaters

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