Building access control

Completion: August 2018 — Crews are installing the last of three phases of safety and security updates to campus buildings and residences. When the project is complete in August:

  • Classrooms and auditoriums campuswide, plus the College of Medicine educational facility in Saginaw, will have mechanical and electronic door locks.
  • CMU's 22 residence halls and Graduate Housing will have electronic card reader access.

The new locks and door closures allow anyone inside the classroom to quickly secure the space with a thumb-turn lock or an emergency button, depending on the room. The systems also comply with fire code requirements that doors remain closed.

Academic and public buildings receiving the upgrades this summer are the Dow Science Complex, Brooks Hall, Finch Fieldhouse, Rose Center and Ryan Hall, Student Activity Center, Ronan Hall, North Art Studio, Music Building, and Wightman, Sloan and Rowe halls.

The new controls in residential buildings will allow only residents of each residential community on campus to access living spaces. This will include access controls on exterior side doors and interior doors leading to residential living areas. Main corridors within each hall will remain open for access to classrooms and residential restaurants. 

All halls in the east, north and south housing communities are receiving card reader systems.

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