The University recognizes that a search is an intrusive action. However, the University reserves the right to conduct a search on campus at any time. This search includes the right to search vehicles on campus. The University staff seeks not to be arbitrary in performing a search; it is typically triggered out of concern about the behavioral choices of an individual or group. The University recognizes that a search risks creating a sense of disruption and distrust. A search may be conducted to dispel suspicion.
University staff members, particularly residence hall staff, in due course of carrying out their duties, are authorized to respond to any illicit item which may be in plain view anywhere on campus including student rooms and vehicles.
EXAMPLES INCLUDE: WEAPONS, EXPLOSIVES, AMMUNITION, FIREWORKS, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, STOLEN PROPERTY AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. PRESENCE OF ILLICIT ITEMS/CONTRABAND IN PLAIN VIEW MAY BE USED AS PROBABLE CAUSE AND IS A GOOD AND SUFFICIENT REASON TO PERFORM A THOROUGH AND IMMEDIATE SEARCH TO SEIZE CONTRABAND. For example, presence of alcoholic beverage containers, empty or full, in an open wastebasket may lead to a full room and/or vehicle search. Under stated guidelines for such search, regular guidelines for search and seizure apply; the principles of courtesy and privacy are to be observed in managing a search and removal of evidence in so far as this is possible.
A search typically is performed by two residence hall staff members. Although it is not a requirement for conducting a search, it is generally preferred that the resident(s) of a room be present during the search. All others will be excused. The room door is to remain closed during the search. Any search must be reported by staff to the director or residence life and dean of student services. If residents are not present at the time of the search, they are to receive written notice within 24 hours after the search is completed, listing the item(s) seized or removed from the room, and that a search was conducted. Residents are responsible for items found in their room.
A search and seizure is to be conducted with strong regard for the privacy of the student(s) involved. Alcoholic beverages/controlled substances are to be placed in unmarked, closed containers before removal from the room. Any controlled substance may be turned over to local authorities.
Firearms, weapons, bows/arrows, hunting knives, etc. are not allowed ANYWHERE on campus, including parked vehicles on campus.