During business hours, the college will be open to students, parents, faculty, staff, contractors, guests and invitees. During non-business hours access to all college facilities is by a controlled access system, issued keys, or by admittance via Campus Patrol. In case of periods of extended closing, the college will admit only those persons with prior approval.
Residence halls, the Meldrum Science Center, Information Services and practice rooms in the music department are secured via a controlled access card system. Residence halls also use the Controlled Access card system but are secured 24 hours a day. Each residential student has access only to his or her hall. This is done through student services. Each student has an individual door and mailbox key. For campus residence halls, two resident advisors are on duty each night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday/Sunday. In addition, there is a hall monitor posted at the locked entrance of each residence hall during evening hours. Resident advisors conduct at least two rounds of each student housing building each night. The resident advisors are also available by cell phone in case of an emergency. The cell phone numbers are posted in each hall. Resident advisors, and hall monitors work closely with Campus Patrol to ensure the safety of students and to further control individuals entering residency halls. Over extended breaks the doors of all halls will be secured around the clock, with all key cards deactivated until the students return.
Research and music students have access to research areas or practice rooms via the key card system but only those that have been given access can use and/or gain entry into those areas. During extended breaks the doors to research areas are secured perpetually and all key cards are deactivated until students return. Access into laboratories or practice rooms is granted via request by the mentor professor on behalf of their research student to the laboratory director which grants access to laboratory areas or Campus Patrol for access to music rooms.
It is the intention of Westminster College to expand the key card system to extend to Art Studios and other areas. This is a priority as controlled access is an efficient way for monitoring use, and maintaining secure locations