Search and Inspection
Effective Date Jun 24, 2014
The university reserves the right to search a student’s room, vehicle, person or other university property, for administrative, safety and regulatory purposes without the student’s consent. During an inspection, illegal items or items considered to be a danger to the community will be confiscated by university officials.
The university exercises this right only under specific circumstances.
- Members of the Residence Life staff, facilities management or authorized personnel may enter a student’s room to perform related work or routine health and safety inspections.
- Members of the Residence Life staff and security personnel are permitted to enter a student’s residence when there is evidence of violent behavior, illness or injury, disorderly behavior or activity that is a violation of university policy or disturbs the neighboring living environment.
- Members of the Residence Life staff and security personnel are permitted to enter a student’s residence for purposes of evacuating the building during a fire alarm, fire or other emergency.
- A search of a student’s residence pursuant to an investigation intended to result in disciplinary action may be performed only with the prior approval of the Dean of Students or designee in the form of an internal university search/inspection authorization. Individuals seeking authorization to do a search must clearly specify the reasons, objectives and information sought to the Dean of Students or designee before the approval being granted. Students, like all other citizens, are liable to search by authorized law enforcement officials after presentation of a court order or duly ordered search warrant to the Dean of Students or that person’s designee. Plain-view violations of university regulations that may be observed by university personnel entering a student’s residence under these guidelines are subject to university disciplinary action.