Administrative Search and Seizure
- Keystone College reserves the right for a Keystone College Official to enter residence hall rooms and search all belongings within the residence hall room when violations of either College policy, State or Federal laws are suspected. Student consent is requested but not necessary to conduct an administrative search since Keystone College is a private institution and all College premises are private property. “Probable cause” exists when a College Official has reasonably trustworthy information to believe that an offense has occurred or is occurring in a residence hall room. After completing an administrative search of a residence hall room all contraband, illegal items or evidence of a College policy violation will be seized by the College Official conducting the search and be removed from the room.
If there is reasonable evidence to suspect more severe violations of either College policy, State or Federal laws (drug dealing, weapons, etc.) after searching a residence hall room, another administrative search may be conducted involving other student property on Keystone College premises such as automobiles, athletic lockers, safes etc. After completing an administrative search of the additional student properties on Keystone College premises all contraband, illegal items or evidence of a College policy violation will be seized by the College Official.
During a search if there is reasonable suspicion a student may be asked to unlock or open locked personal items such as a safe or automobile. Failure to comply with this request will result in the student having to remove the item from College property.