During business hours, the University (excluding certain housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all University facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the Police Department or Residence Life staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the University will admit only those with prior written approval to all facilities.
Residence halls are secured 24-hours a day and accessible via an authorized Cardinal Card swipe system during the academic year. Over extended breaks, Cardinal Card access will be denied to students without prior arrangements for access. If you have lost or forgotten your Cardinal Card for access into a building, police officers can let you in.
Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year. Examples are the Library and the Clements Recreation Center. In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to schedules developed by the department responsible for the facility.
Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules. Areas that are revealed as problematic have security surveys conducted of them. Administrators from the Dean's Office, Physical Plant, Residence Life, and other concerned areas review these results. These surveys examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting, and communications. Additionally, during the academic year, the Directors of the Police Department, Service Department, Student Affairs, Residence Life, and various other departments (as appropriate), are in constant contact to discuss issues of pressing concern.