Searches in General

College District officials may conduct searches of students, their belongings, and their vehicles in accordance with state and federal law and College District policy. Searches of students shall be conducted in a reasonable and nondiscriminatory manner.

College District officials may initiate a search in accordance with law, including, for example, based on reasonable suspicion, voluntary consent, or pursuant to College District policy providing for suspicionless security procedures, including the use of metal detectors.

In accordance with College District policies and procedures [see FLB], students are responsible for prohibited items found in their possession, including items in their personal belongings or in vehicles parked on College District property.

Reasonable Suspicion Searches

Searches should be reasonable at their inception and in scope. If there is reasonable suspicion to believe that searching a student's person, belongings, or vehicle will reveal evidence of a violation of College District policy and procedures, a College District official may conduct a search in accordance with law and College District regulations.

Suspicionless Searches

For purposes of this policy, a suspicionless search is a search carried out based on lawful security procedures, such as metal detector searches or random drug testing.

Use of Trained Dogs

The College District reserves the right to use law enforcement- trained dogs to conduct screening for concealed prohibited items. Such procedures shall be unannounced. The dogs shall not be used with students; however, students may be asked to leave personal belongings in an area that will be screened. If a dog alerts to an item or an area, it may be searched by College District officials.

College District Property

Searches Conducted by Law Enforcement

Searches and interrogations shall be conducted by police consistent with law and police department procedures.

Texas Southmost College


LDU 2019.04

DATE ISSUED: 7/17/2019