Indiana - Student Searches: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law authorizes districts to adopt policies or rules addressing search and seizure without addressing student protections or requiring minimal protections only.

Indiana Code 20-33-8-32 Locker searches

(a) A school corporation must provide each:

  • (1) student; and
  • (2) student’s parent;
    a copy of the rules of the governing body on searches of students’ lockers and locker contents.
    (b) A student who uses a locker that is the property of a school corporation is presumed to have no expectation of privacy in:
  • (1) that locker; or
  • (2) the locker’s contents.
    (c) In accordance with the rules of the governing body, a principal may search:
  • (1) a student’s locker; and
  • (2) the locker’s contents;
    at any time.
    (d) A law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the geographic area having a school facility containing a student’s locker may:
  • (1) at the request of the school principal; and
  • (2) in accordance with rules of the governing body of the school corporation;
    assist a school administrator in searching a student’s locker and the locker’s contents.
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