All employees of Saint Louis University–faculty, staff and student workers–will be required starting Aug. 1 to wear photo ID badges at all times while they are on campus. The move is designed to enhance safety and security on campus.
“ID badges let you know who someone is and whether that person is authorized to be in your building,” said Sam Simon, the school’s administrator for safety and emergency preparedness. “It might seem like a small thing, but it truly enhances the feeling of safety on a campus.”
Simon also noted that ID badges can make criminals feel conspicuous in places where employees are easily identified. He added that they can prove invaluable in the hectic moments following a campus disaster.
The new policy includes a 30-day grace period, but after that supervisors are being asked to monitor for compliance. Lost ID badges can be replaced for $25.
In addition to safety, the badges have other benefits, said Ken Fleischmann, vice president for human resources.
“They promote an even greater sense of community among everyone who works for SLU,” he said. “Regardless of your job, these badges are a visible representation that we are all part of the same team and guided by the same values and mission.”