After the announcement of a new room inspection policy for Columbia residence halls last week, administrators from Columbia Housing, Residential Life, and Fire Safety released a clarification email this morning saying that they would postpone the inspections to begin on Monday, Nov. 19, so that students can familiarize themselves with the inspection procedures.
The inspections, which are designed “to ensure student safety,” will be conducted by two-person teams from Housing, Residential Life, and Fire Safety to search for items such as toaster ovens and halogen lamps that are forbidden by Housing’s Guide to Living manual. This morning’s email committed to a strict “plain sight” policy, prohibiting staff members from searching students’ drawers, closets, or closed containers.
Students will be notified by Housing via email at least 48 hours prior to when their residence hall will be inspected. Additionally, students do not have to be in their rooms during the inspection itself.
Administrators initially announced on Nov. 7 that inspections would begin on Nov. 12, but decided to postpone them due to student confusion. As of now, no dorms have undergone inspections.
According to the most recent email, all inspections will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the period between Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, barring the three days allotted for Thanksgiving from Nov. 21 to 23. Any dorms that are not checked during the fall semester will be covered in the spring, beginning on Feb. 4 of next year.
In closing, the email encouraged students to contact representatives from Housing, Residential Life, or Fire Safety with any questions about the investigation process.