Wisconsin - 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.

Wisconsin Statutes 118.32 Strip search by school employee.

Any official, employee or agent of any school or school district is prohibited under s. 948.50 from conducting a strip search of any pupil.


Wisconsin Statutes 118.325 Locker searches.

An official, employee or agent of a school or school district may search a pupil’s locker as determined necessary or appropriate without the consent of the pupil, without notifying the pupil and without obtaining a search warrant if the school board has adopted a written policy specifying that the school board retains ownership and possessory control of all pupil lockers and designating the positions of the officials, employees or agents who may conduct searches, and has distributed a copy of the policy to pupils enrolled in the school district.

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