During business hours, university facilities will be open to students, parents, employees and guests. Access to secured labs and other areas are administered by the department by which they are primarily used for safety and security reasons. Residential buildings are open to residents, authorized card-holders and their escorted guests only. During non-business hours, access to university facilities is by key-holder or admittance via the University Police Department. Admittance to all lab facilities is secured by permission from the professor, department chair or dean having authority over that lab. Each department supplies University Police with an access list. Persons not on the access list for a specific lab will not be admitted. Access lists become void after the last day of class in any semester in which the list is created.
In the case of periods of extended closing, the university will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities. UPD recommends that students bring documents giving authorization for access with them when requesting assistance, as this helps to facilitate the process.
Residence halls are secured 24 hours a day. Electronic locking systems are programmed to admit only persons who have been authorized by the university to enter a particular building. Those buildings not controlled by proximity-card systems have cipher locks which require a specific code to enter. This code is changed periodically. The Village Apartments (Honors, Master’s and Married Student/Family housing) are secured by conventionally keyed knob and deadbolt locks. Visitation hours are published in the Student Handbook
. These hours are enforced by the Student Life staff as well as by UPD.
Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules. Areas that are revealed as problematic may have security surveys conducted of them. Administrators from the Dean's Office, Physical Plant, Residence Life and other concerned areas review the results of such surveys. These surveys help to examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting and communications.