The University of Utah is now reviewing its access control policies for campus residences and is updating its guest policies following the death of a student on campus last October. In total, the security review has plans to implement more than 30 safety recommendations on campus.
As reported by the local CBS affiliate KUTVMany of the recommendations relate specifically to housing on campus, which serves some 3,800 Utah students. These recommendations follow investigators' reports that the student's killer had "easy access" to student residences.
Already implemented has been an update of the visitor policy, which includes how to enforce policies, for all university housing staff. The university has also assembled a working group that is asking other universities for best practices regarding overnight guests as part of a broader review of Utah policy.
Utah also plans to install more door access readers to restrict access to campus facilities. Currently, students slip identification cards on the perimeter doors of the student residences. After the new installation, students will go a second time inside the building to access the lobby area, the elevator or the stairs.
Utah is still in the process of acquiring funds for additional card readers, at which point facilities can begin. The university has established a project completion date at the end of this spring semester.
Another danger of access control that the university is trying to curb is that faced by campuses across the country: tracking the queue. The "No Swimming Zone" signs have been posted on campus as a first step in education efforts.
The university has also published a list for a new position of "resident extension coordinator", whose function will be to address the housing concerns of the students. The contracting is expected to take place in April. "This person will have the exclusive responsibility to follow up and make immediate contact with those students as soon as we become aware of their situation," said Barb Remsburg, director of housing and residential education at the University of Utah.
The complete list of the 30 safety recommendations and the progress of the university in each item has been published in its entirety in the Website of the University of Utah. The resource lists a series of recommendations related to suspicious behavior and provides students with the necessary tools to inform the police. Other recommendations require changes to physical access control as a means to better secure the Utah campus and its community.
According to the resource page, the university is currently working, has completed or has established action dates for the 30 proposed recommendations.