Extras layers of security have been added to several new dorms at Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., that will limit portions of the dorm to residents only, according tot he student newspaper.
While the common areas of the dorm will be open to anyone, students will have to swipe their ID cards to gain entrance to the residential floors. “The goal is to make the residential halls more secure,” said a university spokesperson.
However, some students aren’t too happy with the new system since it was implemented without student input.
Under the new access restrictions, there will be three layers of swipe card readers in the newly constructed–or soon-to-be built-dorms, which are composed of suites that will house 150 students.
All Pomona students’ ID cards will grant them access to the common areas of the residence halls, including the lounges and a rooftop garden. Additional card readers will be located outside the entrances to each hallway and each suite within those hallways. Only students living on the second floor of those dorms will have access to that floor, and only students living in a suite on that floor will have access to that suite.
“It will only lead to more problems,” said one student. “When someone is dropping something off or visiting you, you’ll have to walk all the way down the hall to let them in. People will start propping doors open.”
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