Student Privacy

Students shall be granted privacy according to the following guidelines:

  1. No consent is implied or conferred on civil or University authorities to search a student's residence area by the signing of the residence hall contract.
  2. When need arises to gain access to a residence area to determine compliance with multiple-dwelling unit laws, permission must be obtained from a member of the Residence Life Leadership Team or their designee.
  3. When need arises for repairs, safety reasons or evaluation for scheduling maintenance or any other improvement reason, the designated University personnel may enter a residence area only after reasonable notice to the occupant(s).
  4. When an emergency arises in a residence area and causes reasonable concern that there is imminent danger to life, safety, health or property, entry may be made without notice.
  5. Campus residence rooms or student property may be searched only after presentation of evidence to the Vice President for Student Affairs or their designee that there is probable cause that a University policy, rule, or regulation is being or has been broken or a potentially dangerous situation is imminent. If the Vice President for Student Affairs or their designee approves the search, it will be carried out by a designated University administrator, another Student Affairs staff member and, if possible, another Student Affairs staff member and, if possible the student under suspicion.
  6. The University reserves the right to make periodic sight checks of resident living space for the purpose of securing compliance with the policies, rules and regulations of the University or with federal, state or law.
  7. The University reserves the right to move and store a person's possessions, which have been left unclaimed and occupy a space that must be used by the University. The integrity of the possessions is not guaranteed while in storage. Items left longer than one year will be disposed of by the University.