NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
STUDENT SEARCH AND SEIZURE POLICY
The Norwich Free Academy has the responsibility to maintain order and decorum on its campus and to protect students from harming themselves or others. At the same time, students have constitutional protections which cannot and will not be unreasonably denied.
The Norwich Free Academy respects and upholds the privacy of individuals consistent with federal and Connecticut state law. More specifically, the Academy respects the Fourth Amendment which guarantees against illegal search and seizure. The school system also provides for the health and safety of students and employees. Therefore, school administrators and others designated by the Superintendent/Head of School are empowered to search for contraband, including but not limited to drugs and alcohol, weapons, stolen property, and contraband. Searches of persons and/or places are authorized only when a reasonable suspicion established that a search is justified.
The Superintendent/Head of School, School Administrators, and Law Enforcement Officials, at the direction of the Building Principal, are hereby authorized to search student lockers and any other school property available for use by students, for weapons, contraband or the fruits of a crime when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or school rules.
Legal References: Connecticut General Statutes 10-221 Boards of education to prescribe rules New Jersey v. T.L.O., 53 U.S.W. 4083 (1985)
Policy Adopted: August 11, 1993
Policy Revised: April 21, 2009