On November 3, 2014, a room full of University of Illinois students gathered in a conference room to learn about their Fourth Amendment rights. Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Illinois Springfield organized and hosted the event for the student body. The event included a panel of speakers including Springfield ACLU Chapter President and attorney Dan Hanrahan and UIS Residence Life Director John Ringle.
Mr. Hanrahan spoke to the group about their rights when interacting with law enforcement in a variety of situations. He offered valuable information regarding traffic stops and search warrants. Students learned about the best ways to exercise their rights with law enforcement in a calm and respectful manner.
Additionally, UIS Residence Life Director John Ringle addressed a hot topic amongst students: expectations of privacy on campus housing. Mr. Ringle explained the difference between privacy rights in campus dormitories and apartments versus private homes or off campus housing. He clarified that privacy rights in campus housing are governed by the housing contract that students sign and not by the Constitution.
Students then had the opportunity to ask both panelists numerous questions about their rights. Many attendees had their concerns about campus housing and police clarified. Overall, there was a lengthy dialogue with the panelists, and students left with more information about their Constitutional rights. Young Americans for Liberty at UIS hope to make this forum an annual event.Published in