Search Policy

Lycoming College respects the privacy of members of the college community. However, the College reserves the right to conduct searches if reasonable cause exits to believe that (1) activity is taking place in a student's room or on College premises which is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of individuals; or (2) substances or objects that are contained in the room or on the property of the College or on a person which would constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct. A search may involve going through an individual's personal belongings (i.e. suitcases, boxes, locker, car, contents of dressers and desks, pockets of clothing, closets, etc.). Personal belongings to be searched are to be identified in advance of the search. The search process includes the physical examination of the predetermined area(s) and/or personal belongings. Determination of what constitutes "a reasonable cause to believe" that a search is necessary will be made by the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life, Director of Safety and Security or a designee determined by the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students . Reasonable effort will be made to ensure that the student whose room or property is being searched is present. If not resent, the student will be notified in writing of the search and its outcomeLycoming College respects the privacy of members of the college community. However, the College reserves the right to conduct searches if reasonable cause exits to believe that (1) activity is taking place in a student's room or on College premises which is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of individuals; or (2) substances are contained in the room or on the property of the College or on a person which would constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct. A search may involve going through an individual's personal belongings (i.e. suitcases, boxes, locker, car, contents of dressers and desks, pockets of clothing, closets, etc.). Personal belongings to be searched are to be identified in advance of the search and involves the physical examination of the predetermined area(s). Determination of what constitutes "a reasonable cause to believe" that a search is necessary will be made by the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life, Director of Safety and Security or a designee determined by the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Reasonable effort will be made to ensure that the student whose room or property is being searched is present. If not present, the student will be notified in writing of the search and its outcome.