As an attorney do you see a distinction between "Room Search" and "Room Entry"? Do all "Room Entries" need to follow the "Room Search" policy?
Housing and Residence Life staffs reserve the right to enter a student’s room/living unit to ensure, among other things, health, safety, and maintenance in residence halls/living units. This includes quarterly inspections for health, safety and cleanliness. Room searches will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines listed in the Room Search section of this guide and the terms and conditions of the residence hall contract. The Department of Housing and Residence will not facilitate entry of a non-resident, including family members, into a student’s room without the explicit (verbal or written) consent of that student.
Saint Louis University and the Department of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to conduct a “room/living unit search’’ for the reasons set forth in the residence hall contract and when it has been determined, in the discretion of appropriate University officials, that sufficient cause exists.
1. The Director or Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, Vice President of Student Development, or the Vice President’s designee will make this determination. After proper authority has been granted, the search will be conducted in the following manner:
2. The search process:
a. Two university staff members will conduct the search.
b. In most cases, the persons conducting the search will knock on the residence hall/living unit door and announce themselves before entering.
c. Students who are present will be informed of the purpose of the search. Students are not required to be present, unless requested by staff. If so requested, students must remain in the room/living unit or under supervision of staff. Searches may be conducted in the students’ absence.
d. All areas and spaces of the room/living unit, and all objects and containers within the room/living unit, may be searched. Illegal or unauthorized items will be confiscated and residents will be provided with a list of these items taken. Items violating local, state or federal laws may be turned over to law enforcement authorities.
3. Public Safety and Security Services or police officers with proper authority may initiate a search within normal legal guidelines. These procedures may supersede the above guidelines. The information gathered during this process may be processed through the conduct system.
This policy can be found at: http://www.slu.edu/Documents/student_development/residence_life/2011_2012_HRL_Handbook_revised_Oct.pdf
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