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Authorizing Access to Drexel University Campus Buildings

Policy Number: PS-2
Effective Date: December 2016
Responsible Officer: Executive Vice President, Treasurer and COO

PURPOSE

Drexel University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all members of its community. To ensure campus security, the University controls access to its buildings. The Campus Accessibility Committee was established in December 2015 to assess campus safety and building access and make recommendations to enhance campus security as deemed necessary. This Committee is comprised of Faculty, Professional Staff and current Students of the University.

This policy provides the Campus Accessibility Committee with the authority to designate and modify building access timetables for all Campus Buildings on the University City, Center City and Queen Lane campuses.

APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all Drexel University Employees (including Faculty, Professional Staff and those affiliated with a collective bargaining unit), Students, Volunteers, Non-Employee Associates and Independent Contractors. "Drexel University" includes any of its subsidiaries and affiliates, including but not limited to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. This policy also applies to Visitors to the University.

IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety.

ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT

The Executive Vice President, Treasurer and COO is the Drexel University Official responsible for the administration of this policy.

DEFINITIONS

Campus Accessibility Committee (Committee) – A University committee established in December 2015 under direction of the University President to assess campus building accessibility and make recommendations to enhance security on campus.

Campus Building(s) – A University-owned or leased building where University-affiliated activities, business or accommodations occur.

Campus Building Access Guidelines – A set of guidelines, in document form, that set the current accessibility parameters for Campus Buildings. The Committee is responsible for setting these guidelines.

University – Refers to Drexel University.

Visitors – Refers to individuals who enter or use any Campus Building and who are not identified as an Employee, Student, Volunteer, Non-Employee Associate or Independent Contractor.

POLICY

The Campus Accessibility Committee maintains the authority to recommend University-wide access to Campus Buildings. These decisions are made in the best interest of the University community and are designed to preserve a welcoming campus culture during peak times of the week while enhancing building security during the most vulnerable hours.

The committee will maintain a set of Campus Building Access Guidelines that will identify current accessibility hours for Campus Buildings. Building accessibility pertains to all points of entry for each Campus Building. While the intent is to maintain consistency within these Guidelines, there may be instances where the Committee has to adjust building access under special circumstances.

These accessibility hours are determined by the Committee in cooperation with the University President or designee. Where deemed necessary, the Committee will seek feedback from the University community, including Faculty, Professional Staff and Students. If the University President, the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and COO and/or the Vice President of Public Safety determine a given circumstance to be an emergency, then one of these representatives is authorized to alter the Campus Building Access Guidelines without consent of the Committee. The Department of Public Safety may also temporarily alter building access during term examination periods, academic breaks, Winter Break and/or official University holidays.

Members of the University community should review the Campus Access Building Guidelines for the most recent directives for building access.