University frat house lawsuit in pending litigation

Kerong Kelly, News Editor and Assistant News Editor

In Feb. 2012, the University confiscated LSD tablets, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, bongs, and other drug paraphernalia from a University-owned fraternity house and another student residence.

In response to this search, six current and former University students have filed a federal lawsuit based on the claim that the searches were unlawful and violated their constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

The University claims that these were not criminal searches and were consistent with the University’s Student Handbook policies and, therefore, did not need a warrant.

“We are aware of the filing,” Director of Media Communications Andy Hirsch said. “The claims made in that filing are baseless, and we’ll be disputing them in court.”

The case is currently pending litigation.

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