Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Schools reevaluate security strategies

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Recent stabbings at two Massachusetts area colleges have prompted schools to reexamine their security plans as they attempt to maintain long-held values of public access, according to a local news report.

At Regis College, Weston, Mass., an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in a parking lot outside a dormitory. At Boston College, police stepped up campus patrols, after a student was stabbed in the abdomen outside a dormitory. Authorities are still looking for the persons responsible for both of these attacks.


Security specialists say the attacks underline the reality that even secluded campuses are prone to violence from outsiders and schools need to take aggressive steps to keep their students safe.

The Middlesex district attorney’s office recently held a statewide summit for college administrators, law enforcement officials, and mental health counselors to brainstorm strategies to protect students.

“There needs to be more of an investment in campus security,’’ said Jonathan Kassa, who directs Security On Campus Inc.“Unfortunately, this highlights that crime does occur on every campus and students need to be aware of it.’’ Security on Campus Inc. is lobbying state lawmakers to require private colleges to make more campus police records public, contending that colleges under report levels of crime.

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The education authority of China has revealed plans to assign every primary and secondary student in the country with a unique ID number.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has ordered its disparate, provincial education departments to work with public security authorities to verify student IDs in their respective jurisdictions. The new initiative will begin with students that are soon to graduate from primary, junior and senior high schools.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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A month-old security policy at Emerson College, called Tap and Go already has some off-campus students raising safety and usability concerns.

Under the new system, everyone entering an Emerson campus building must tap their IDs or be signed in. The policy also mandates that the outside doors of residence halls be locked automatically, requiring a campus ID to enter, according to a report in the Berkeley Beacon.

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Students at Williams College are swapping their mag stripe student IDs for a new, combined mag stripe and proximity credential.

The new IDs will be used to gain access to building and study rooms on campus both during and after hours.

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