Our residence halls are equipped with a sophisticated access control system. The system restricts entry in residence halls by keyfobs. The Campus Safety Office monitors the system 24 hours a day. If a keyfob is lost or stolen, it can be replaced the moment it is reported and the old one is removed from the system, which helps to reduce the risk of criminal opportunity.
Emergency Call boxes are on campus outside all residence halls and at strategic spots throughout campus. These boxes are used for emergency assistance and general assistance from College personnel. A caller can push the button on the call box and immediately is put in contact with the Office of Campus Safety. The campus is monitored and evaluated 24 hours a day by safety personnel on foot, in a vehicle and/or on a bicycle. The Campus Safety vehicle used by our safety officers to patrol the parameter of the residence halls is equipped with a mobile radio and cellular telephone. This provides the ability to communicate rapidly with the local police. The Office of Campus Safety works closely with Physical Plant, the Office of Residence Life and Housing, and the Dean of Students Office to maintain security in all college buildings and residence halls. All residents are encouraged to report all security and safety hazards to the Office of Campus Safety, Physical Plant or local authorities.
Each residence hall has a proximity reader on the exterior doors. The system is designed so residents have the opportunity to control the access and security of their home environment. The exterior hall doors are locked 24 hours a day. Students gain entry to Residence Halls via their keyfob. The doors are equipped with alarms, which are activated when a door is left open, or propped open to alert the residents.
Students living in residence halls should keep their room doors locked at all times and never prop open exterior doors. A resident should escort guests in the halls at all times. While no system can guarantee a safe environment, overall security is certainly improved by the existence of a lock system.
The college reserves the right to exclude from the premises all persons not conforming to acceptable behavioral norms. The policy concerning guests is defined and outlined in the student handbook.