KU looks to crack down on dorm drinking

LAWRENCE | The University of Kansas may soon allow student housing supervisors to enter dorm rooms without the occupants' permission to stop suspected alcohol or drug use.

The policy change being considered is a response to two student deaths last semester that were blamed on drinking.

Under the proposal, housing supervisors could open and enter a student's room with a key if they had probable cause to believe the occupants were violating housing policy. The supervisors would have to knock and identify themselves before entering.

Currently, housing officials must get a search warrant if the resident doesn't give permission to enter.

Students on a student housing advisory board have approved of the change but others say it would violate their privacy.