Information about safety and security in the Residence Halls.
How do students gain access to the buildings?
As a part of the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining’s ongoing commitment to the safety and well-being of all residents, a multifaceted security system is in place in all residential buildings on campus. The four main features of the system are:
The university I-Card performs numerous functions, one of which is building access. Your I-Card has been specifically programmed so that it can be swiped through the card reader(s) at your building to allow you access. Your I-Card is programmed for use at this/these card reader(s) only and will not work in any readers in any other building on campus. Instructions on how to use your I-Card are posted near each reader. If you have a problem gaining access to your residence hall with your I-Card, report it to your residence hall office. In the event your I-Card is lost or stolen, you should report this immediately to the main desk at the Hadley Union Building, Monday–Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. After 8:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m., as well as on weekends (except for Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.), you should report a missing or stolen I-Card to the University Police desk. When you report your I-Card lost or stolen, it will be deactivated and you will be issued either a new I-Card or a temporary building access card, depending on the time of day or day of the week. The current cost for a placement I-card is $15.
Are there any video cameras?
Electronic video surveillance cameras are installed and operational at all exits/entrances of each residential building and can be used in the investigation of criminal activity. In the suite buildings, there are also cameras in each hallway and elevator.
What should I know about personal safety and security?
Safety and security starts with you! IUP is a relatively safe community. However, like any community, crimes can and do occur here. The university promotes campus safety and security in various ways: by educating students about safety and security issues, providing secure icard access to buildings for redidents, installing cameras around the residence halls, upgrading security equipment, and providing escorts upon request.
In addition to the efforts of the university, you must contribute to your own safety and the safety of others through your actions. The following precautions are important for you to build into your daily routine:
How do students gain access to their rooms?
In the traditional residence halls, a metallic key is issued to each student at move-in for their room.
In the suite-style buildings, the I-Card is used for access to the suites. The I-Card must be physically encoded in order for the card to access a room-this cannot be done in advance. At move-in, there will be workers encoding cards as part of the move-in process at the suites. During the semester, if students change rooms in the suites or get new cards, they currently must go to the Housing Office to have them encoded.
Some suites have separate bedrooms. In these types of suites, students will be issued a metallic key to their bedroom.
Are any doors alarmed?
In order to help eliminate the unsafe practice of propping doors, all exterior access doors in your building have been alarmed. All exterior doors (except for I-Card access doors at main entrances) have an immediate alarm which will sound as soon as the door is opened. These doors are posted with a red sign and should be used only in an emergency. Exterior doors at main entrances are equipped with a delay alarm and are posted with a green sign. Should one of these doors be propped or held open for a specified length of time, an alarm will sound which can only be silenced by completely unpropping and securing the door (this also applies to wing doors in the suites). Diagrams are also posted throughout your building which indicate the location of each alarmed exterior door as well as the area in which the alarm for each door will ring.
Are there any safety devices for the common bathrooms?
Security devices have been installed in shower areas in all traditional residence halls with common bathrooms. Each shower area is equipped with a cord connected to a device which, when pulled, activates an alarm in that specific restroom, as well as another alarm and a yellow strobe light in the corridor immediately outside of that bathroom. When activated, these alarms will sound for one minute and shut off automatically. However, the strobe light will continue to operate until the device in the shower area has been reset. A staff member in your building will explain to all floor residents how to reset the device which will stop the strobe light from flashing and enable the device to be activated again when needed. Please realize that the device cannot be activated again unless it has been reset. Note: The sound of these alarms is distinctly different from the sound of the fire alarm system or exterior door alarms in your building.
This security device has been installed for you to use in the event of an emergency. If you feel that you need immediate assistance while using this facility, you should pull the cord to sound the alarms, which can be heard easily by others in the area. The purpose of this device is to provide a safer living environment for all residents. You should not hesitate to use it if the need arises. However, activating this alarm system unnecessarily will defeat its intended purpose and confuse other residents. In addition, it will also be viewed as a violation of residence hall policy and will result in a referral to the judicial system. A finding of “in violation” for falsely activating a security device is likely to result in a student’s disciplinary removal from university housing and/or suspension from the university.
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