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Dorm Security

Campus standards up to par?

By Caleb Brown
On April 20, 2011

 Personal security probably isn't something that too many students think about often, largely because we have a safe campus located in a relatively safe city. There truly is not a whole lot to worry about. And, for reasons besides the obvious, this is a good thing.

The semester is getting down to the wire. It's crunch time and we all have more than enough to keep us busy without having to worry about our safety around campus. This is even more true for those students that make campus their home.

While commuters are only here during the day, students who live in the dorms are here basically 24/7 throughout the duration of the year. So for them the concern of safety extends to after hours as well. But life in the dorms is safe too.

Only the main entrances to the dorms are open during the day, and at those times anyone can get in.  But after 10:00 p.m., it takes a student ID to gain access to the buildings. Students can only access the building they live in. If a student locks themselves out of their room or loses their key, they can be let back in to their room, but this requires an ID or the assistance of the floor RA. Continued slip ups can result in disciplinary action.

So what's the bottom line? Security in the dorms is acceptable. The school has done just about everything they can to ensure that students have a safe place to live. Beyond that, it is up to the students themselves.

Keeping track of your ID and key to your room is probably a good idea. If someone gets your key they would have access to all your stuff. Locking doors is another thing. Not all dorms have doors that lock automatically when you leave. If you don't and something gets stolen, there will be nobody to blame but yourself.

As it turns out, we seem to be very trusting people. Locked doors in the dorms are uncommon. Very few people appear to be all that worried about their belongings. And so far their carefree attitude has been justified. About the worst thing that has happened (that I could find) was a student who had a load of laundry stolen right out of the washing machine. Nobody knew of anything worse than that happening despite the unlocked doors.  We are fortunate that we can trust our fellow students this much. Lets just hope that this trust is not misplaced.


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