Well, I think Iolair's situation has been resolved. He found out a few days ago that it was indeed security who confiscated his things, and they had attempted to contact him* prior to entering his dorm room. That answers that question and did something to allay some of his fears of discrimination from the people he lives with. Evidently he has tried to talk to the official security folks at his school and they've been quite rude, but that's another issue.
Now for my comments. First, the whole situation could have been avoided if he hadn't had those things in his room. (Personally, I think the athame was really the trigger for the whole thing, and the burning...) I wouldn't have a lot of those things in my room if I lived in college housing. Perhaps I'd have some crystals and an unlit pillar candle, but no incense or athame. So maybe him having all those things that weren't allowed in his room wasn't in the best judgment... Maybe this whole deal happened to teach him a lesson. I don't really know.
At least it's over and his things have been returned. It was the source of headaches and worry, but now that it's over he can go back to worrying about more important things, like school.
* The so-called 'attempt' was evidently someone knocking on his door once when he wasn't in his dorm room. This should not really be considered an attempt to inform him of the intentions of the security staff.