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Mailbag: Jan. 20

Don’t like gun laws? Don’t live on campus

In response to Ben Harper’s column, “”Student Fourth Amendment rights in jeopardy,”” Jan. 13:

The Fourth Amendment right is in no jeopardy. As a renter, from the university, private individual or a complex, the owners of the property have all right to the property, to include the searching of the property. If a police officer is given permission to search a building from the owner, they can. The University of Arizona is the owner of the dorms, not the student.

It is unclear in the article if the school officials that searched the room were indeed actual police officers or a private security firm. Either way, an individual has the right to peacefully arrest another individual as a civil arrest.

The University of Arizona does not require a student to live on campus. Therefore, if the terms of the lease are not acceptable to the student, they are allowed to seek other living arrangements to include buying a home and being able to decide on the search of one’s residency.

Jeffery Ahern

computer science senior

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