Group breaks into dorms to test ResHall security

On Nov. 14, members of the Student Action Committee performed a safety door audit by trying to break into dorms without cards or keys. According to the 2007-2008 Public Safety Guide, in 2006 there were 82 on-campus burglaries, 49 of which were in residential buildings. “There’s an alarming amount of burglaries and this is all about increasing security for the campus,” Josh Mangiagli, vice-chair of the Student Government Association Student Action Committee said. The door audits were performed campus-wide, focusing on dorms with reported issues. Mangiagli said some dorms had no malfunctioning doors and others had a number of security flaws. This is the second door audit performed. The results were compiled in the Report on Residence Hall Security. The Student Government Association Senate passed a resolution in support of the report. Students received a copy of the resolution by e-mail. The report itself was not made public for security reasons. According to the resolution, SGA hopes this report will help the administration fix security problems and implement the rule that “residence hall entrances are locked 24/7 and require building specific keys and/or ID cards for access.” Laura Sadlier, the president of the Inter Residence Association, said, “IRA is very happy with the safety that there are flaws and it’s good that they’re working on it.” The administration’s response has been positive, according to Mangiagli, “After the first audit the administration fixed a lot of the reported problems. This is sort of round two, we heard about security issues in dorms and tested them out to see where the problems were.” The Physical Plant has worked closely with the Committee to fix broken doors and malfunctioning key swipes. Students can report problems to the Physical Plant by filling out a “Fix-It!” on the Residential Life web page. “Originally there was a concern that some doors may be a manufactured defect, so [the Physical Plant] are going to research that on all these doors,” Mangiagli said. IRA hopes to see these audits continue, Sadlier added, “the audits are doing something positive and student safety should be the number one concern of the majority of the University.” The audits are the first step in a process that the Student Action Committee hopes will lead to dealing with other se?curity issues, Mangiagli said. Ultimately they hope to prevent tailgating, which is when someone enters a dorm behind another person without card access. “We want to make sure that non-affiliates aren’t able to get into dorms. While students are an issue, it could be argued that people who aren’t a part of the campus are a bigger is?sue,” Mangiagli said. Educating students is seen as the most viable way to stop tailgating, according to Man?giagli. “We want to inform stu?dents and make them aware. They think they’re being nice and doing the right thing by holding the door open for someone, but that can often lead to people breaking into rooms,” he said. Mangiagli said he encour?ages student participation and hopes students will offer input on dorm security to the Stu?dent Action Committee. IRA said this will affect students in a positive way by improving campus-wide se?curity. Sadlier said, “A lot of what IRA’s been doing this year is geared towards student safety, it’s great that other people are noticing and being pro-active. Things are really being accomplished.”