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.
Emerson College is in downtown Boston, so locking perimeter doors at night makes sense but the policy has left some off-campus students feeling unsafe, states the news report. A majority of the residence halls in question will now be locked at 11 p.m., while another dorm building that also houses the campus center and student gym – will lock at 2 a.m.
In a survey of 1,175 students, faculty, and staff after a Tap and Go pilot in the spring, 66% reported that Tap and Go was easy to comply with but only 46% of respondents felt that Tap and Go made Emerson safer.