Student Conduct is as much a part of the collegiate experience as intellectual pursuit, and regulation of student conduct has been a concern of university officials for as long as there have been students and universities. Until the 1960s the courts had few occasions to concern themselves with the regulation of student conduct; and, university officials were free to take any action short of action that was arbitrary and capricious. University officials were deemed to stand in loco parentis and thus could make and enforce any regulation for the physical training, moral enrichment, and betterment of their pupils that a parent would make for the same purpose. This view of life in the Ivory Tower may or may not have been an accurate appraisal of actual campus life in the past; but, it clearly bore no relation to campus life in the 1960s. [..]
Ronald J. Bacigal, Warrantless Search of a College Dormitory, 7 Akron L. Rev. 422 (1974).