Search & Entry Policies
J33-100 Search Policy
Because a university is viewed as an educational community with special behavioral requirements, the courts have upheld the university’s right to enter and search student rooms and suites with just cause. However, the entry and search must not be done in an arbitrary and capricious manner that unnecessarily deprives a student of fundamental constitutional protection. The university housing staff will also make periodic inspections of students’ rooms and suites for safety and health reasons. Violations observed during routine inspections and/or building evacuations may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs. The intent of this policy is to provide protection for the rights of each JMU student while at the same time providing staff members and university officials the means to maintain and protect the educational environment necessary for the university to fulfill its primary purpose.
Other Search & Entry policies include the following: