At the onset of winter break, the Office of Safety and Security conducted room checks lasting 30 to 40 seconds throughout college housing.

"The purpose is to make sure that each room is left safe and secure until students return from the month-long break," wrote Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols in an e-mail to The Orient.

According to Nichols, Safety and Security conducted the room safety checks on Tuesday, December 22 from 5-9 p.m., the day housing closed for winter break.

"Security walkthroughs happen at the end of each semester on the day residence halls close," Director of Residential Life Mary Pat McMahon wrote in an e-mail to the Orient.

During the walkthroughs, hard alcohol was found in three rooms, implicating a total of nine students.

According to Nichols, "hard alcohol was left out in plain sight" in those rooms. However, alcohol was not seized. The Dean's office reminded the room residents of the College's hard alcohol policy, "but no disciplinary action was taken."

Those nine students received an e-mail from Assistant Director of Residential Life Dudney Sylla stating that "possession of hard alcohol on campus is an alcohol policy violation, regardless of whether or not you are 21 years of age."

According to Nichols, the room checks "are essential for burglary and theft prevention, fire prevention and energy conservation."