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Designated WWRC employees may search Center property and personal client belongings when there are available facts that provide reasonable grounds to search. The search must be conducted in a manner that supports the Center's function as an educational and rehabilitation institution and that promotes an environment conducive to these functions.
Reasonable grounds for a search is defined as observable and/or reported facts that provide WWRC employees reason to believe (reasonable suspicion) that a search will turn up evidence that the client has violated or is violating either the law or Center regulations.
The measures used to conduct the search must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive. The WWRC Dean of Students & Division director, Residential Service, or designee from the WWRC Director's Office must give prior approval for the search. The client should be present during the search, if available.
WWRC reserves the right to search Center property but the client must give consent to search their personal property. A WWRC Police Officer will normally conduct searches. The client's assigned Rehabilitation Counselor will be present if available. If not, a dorm staff member will be present, if available.
Following the search, the client will be informed of the information received and the reason for the search. The information will be provided in a manner that protects the identity of persons who provided information confidentially. The assigned Rehabilitation Counselor will take appropriate action, based on findings of the search process and established rehabilitation team processes.
The assigned Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for communicating the reason and findings from a search process with the VR Rehabilitation Counselor in the person's home community and with family members, as appropriate.
If a consumer refuses a search of personal belongings, this should not be construed as evidence that the consumer is in possession of contraband. The assigned Rehabilitation Team may consider a refusal to search personal belongings as "failure to cooperate" which may impact potential actions taken related to program continuation.
The WWRC Police Department may obtain a search warrant if they feel there is probable cause to suspect illegal activity.
Parameters of approved searches include the following:
WWRC will conduct random, unannounced preliminary sweeps for illegal drugs. These sweeps will be conducted by certified law enforcement personnel and certified K-9 officers trained to detect the presence of illegal drugs. If a K-9 indicates the presence of illegal drugs, WWRC staff will proceed with a thorough search of the immediate area following the procedures outlined in this governance procedure. During this activity the area being swept will be restricted to only authorized personnel. Any unauthorized individual attempting to enter the restricted area or interfere in any way with this search will, through their behavior, be satisfying reasonable suspicion for a thorough search of their person, belongings, and/or dorm room.