Residence Hall Room Entry Policy

(Administrative Ruling)

Michigan State University respects the residents’ privacy and control over their environments. The University is also responsible for providing quality facilities at reasonable costs to present and future residents.

The University reserves the right to enter a resident’s room or apartment at any time including but not limited to the following reasons:

  • To ensure sanitary conditions
  • To inventory University property
  • To silence unattended alarms and music
  • If danger to life, health or property exists
  • If reasonable cause to believe violations of University or housing policy exists
  • To search for missing University property
  • To provide requested maintenance services

No room will be searched except by appropriate legal agencies with a warrant or with the resident’s permission, except as set forth in the Room Entry Policy.

  • Residence Halls Association
  • Residence Education and Housing Services
  • Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Approved, May 1977, Revised April 1979, July 22, 2014

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