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University City Building Access Guidelines

Effective January 3rd, 2017

A message from Eileen Behr, Vice President of Public Safety

Drexel University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which all members of the university community, as well as visitors to our campuses, feel safe and can move about freely and conveniently. However, in response to the emergence of colleges and universities as targets for violence, President Fry convened the Campus Accessibility Committee last year to perform a thorough review of current access to University City Campus buildings and make recommendations to enhance security as deemed necessary. The Committee consists of representatives from Public Safety, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Information Resources and Technology, the Office of the Provost, Faculty Senate, Academic Administrators Group and the student body.

After holding meetings, conducting comparative analyses and gathering feedback from students, faculty and professional staff, the Committee developed a set of new guidelines for building access for most University City Campus buildings.

Beginning on January 3, 2017, most University City Campus buildings will operate under the new University City Campus Building Individual Access Guidelines, which are posted in full on the Drexel Public Safety website. A summary of the guidelines is listed below. Because different buildings will have different levels of access, it is recommended that students, faculty and professional staff keep their DragonCards with them at all times when traveling between buildings.

Weekday Access

Monday through Friday, most buildings will remain open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., most campus buildings will be accessible by DragonCard only. And from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., most buildings will be closed, accessible only to individuals with extended access permission.

Weekend Access

On Saturdays and Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., most University City Campus buildings are only accessible by DragonCard. From 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., most buildings will be closed, accessible only to individuals with extended access permission.


Designated buildings that restrict access to DragonCard holders 24/7 will continue to do so. Residence Halls will continue to require 24/7 card access. The hours of buildings in which Drexel leases space may vary based on ownership requirements. Buildings that will continue to have extended access hours include Hagerty Library, Drexel Recreation Center, Daskalakis Athletic Center, Creese Student Center and Campus Dining and Retail establishments. These guidelines are subject to future changes by the Campus Accessibility Committee per the Authorizing Access to Drexel University Campus Buildings Policy. The Committee’s next task is to assess campus access on Center City and Queen Lane campuses.

All questions or building access requests should be emailed to Drexel Public Safety at Please note that access requests must be made by an authorized representative from a college, school or administrative department.