Students allowed building access at all hours

by Martha Schick / Beacon Staff • December 4, 2014

As of Dec. 2, all students, whether they live on or off campus, can access the public parts of residence halls at all times. Previously, dorms were closed to off-campus students during certain night hours. This change came after meetings between administrators and students who said they were concerned about the safety ramifications of not being able to enter campus buildings at night.

According to an email from the college to the Emerson community, Dean of Students Ron Ludman, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services Jay Phillips, Associate Dean and Director of Housing and Residence Life David Haden, and Emerson College Police Chief Robert Smith formed a group to reevaluate the entry policies in early October. They took into account student feedback, and attended a Student Government Association meeting, during which SGA members lobbied for 24/7 access to buildings for all students.

SGA also requested that the side entrance to Little Building on Tremont Street remain open throughout the night, but because it is right next to the ECPD office, which is always open and can support students who feel unsafe, the four administrators decided against it, the email said.