It appears that an appliance is not allowed to be in a dorm if its capable of boiling oil
(I think that is about 350 degrees) Or has an exposed heating element.
"no single appliance can exceed 1000 watts of usage."
"appliances that have an exposed heating element or exposed heating coil are
not approved for use"
"Additionally, appliances that can generate enough heat to bring oil to a boil are not permitted, again for their potential to cause a fire. The list below is NOT exhaustive, but does list some examples of appliances that have been approved for use in the residence halls as well as examples of the appliances that are not permitted." http://housing.ua.edu/pdfs/GlossaryofHRCpolicies.pdf