As faculty members teach and conduct research within their institutions, they should be secure in the knowledge that the intellectual property they create is free from concern of loss of confidentiality, and that the computer systems entrusted to them to perform this work will not be seized and scrutinized without formal process and legal procedure. However, unless the institution and its constituent groups have co-developed relevant, salient and legally compliant policy, the search and seizure of computer-based information, could turn into a political nightmare. This paper examines the laws relevant to computer search and seizure as they apply in the academe.