(A) Policy statement and purpose
The purpose is to articulate to students living in on campus housing under what circumstances staff may and will enter a student's on-campus residence.
Residents are expected to treat all residence hall common spaces and individual rooms/suites/apartments with respect and care and may be held accountable for damages, other than normal wear and tear, found in the room/suite/apartments. In order to protect the health and safety of all residents, it is expected that all rooms/suites/apartments be kept at an acceptable level of cleanliness.
(C) Room entry
University officials, including office of residence life and capstone management staff members, are authorized to enter, search and/or inspect student rooms, suites, apartments and public rooms in the residence halls and small group living units. There are three occasions when room entry may be necessary:
(1) Room inspections
Routine and mandated inspections may be necessary to verify the following: acceptable standards of safety and hygiene, observance of university residence policies and procedures, university regulations and requirements of public law, and maintenance and repair of equipment. The time and date for building inspections will be posted twenty-four hours in advance.
(2) Room searches
Searches of student rooms by university officials shall be authorized and conducted under one or more of the following conditions:
(a) By the consent of the occupants of the room.
(b) By warrant issued by an appropriate legal body/agent.
(c) Upon reasonable cause to believe that there is a violation of the code of student conduct, the Ohio Revised Code, or the community living standards.
(3) Performance of duty
University officials reserve the right to enter a student room/suite/ apartment, locked or unlocked, at any time it is deemed necessary for immediate resolution of policy violations, addressing disruptive behavior, maintenance problems, illness, hazards and other similar emergencies or potential crises. November 1, 2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3345
Rule Amplifies: 3345