Tufts University has received a proposed plan to install key card access in all dorm rooms over the next several years, according to a student newspaper for the university.
Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senator Harish Gupta submitted the formal plan explaining the idea of the key card system as a significantly more convenient option for students to enter their rooms. The freshman student has engaged in discussion with several university administrators, most of which have been receptive of the idea.
The university’s Tilton Hall and Sophia Gordon Hall are the only two dorms on campus that currently enable students to access their rooms using their student ID cards to swipe in. After Tilton and Sophia Gordon received the key card systems, the campus had planned to expand the program over a period of years, but was soon after put on hold.
“Key cards are cheaper and faster to replace,” said director of emergency management Geoffrey Bartlett. “And with the present lock and key systems most dorms have, the locks must be changed every year for security purposes, whereas the key swipes just need to be reprogrammed, saving time and money.”
Gupta’s next step will be to create a formal proposal, including accurate financial information, to submit to Dean of Student Affairs.
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