U of M building security initiative continues Monday - KMSP-TV

U of M building security initiative continues Monday

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Efforts to limit public building access at the University of Minnesota will continue this Monday.

HOW IT WORKS

The Safe U Building Access Program means non-members of the U community will only be able to get into buildings during general business hours -- which vary by building -- and entrants will need a U card to get in before and after regular hours.

A group representing cross-section of campus visitors analyzed hours that would encompass most of the University’s business day. For example, in buildings that are primarily administrative, the public shouldn't need to enter after 5 p.m. For buildings with classrooms, the bulk of students arriving for night classes will have done so by 7 p.m., and restricted hours will be plotted using those considerations.

Certain staff with special permissions will be allowed inside the buildings during new restricted hours.

WEST BANK TEST

A pilot program rolled out in several buildings on the West Bank on February 3:

-Andersen Library
-Anderson Hall
-Barker Center for Dance
-Carlson School of Management
-Hanson Hall
-Mondale Hal
-Regis Center for Art

$3.5M FOR ENHANCED SECURITY

On Monday, the program will expand to nearly three dozen buildings on the East Bank and eventually, about 93 buildings will be enhanced by the start of the fall semester.

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted back in February to support the U's public safety initiative to the tune of $4.1 million, and $3.5 million of that has been allotted for building access security.

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