All academic and administration buildings are checked and locked every night. Students with a need to enter a locked building must do so by obtaining a valid building “pass” from a faculty or staff member. A faculty or staff member should also submit a list of students needing access to the Office of Public Safety.
All traditional residence halls and Waring Commons are equipped with card-access control of at least two entrances per building. The card-accessed buildings are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing entry to all current students with their ID card from 7 a.m. until 12 midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on weekends and, thereafter, only to building occupants. Public Safety officers make periodic security patrols within the halls on a 24-hour basis. The building access systems are inspected and tested on a regular basis, and malfunctions are given priority for repair. Residents living in the Lewis Quad suites are issued keys that operate the outside entry doors and their assigned bedroom doors. Residents living in the Townhouses are issued keys which operate the outside entry doors. Residents are strongly urged to keep the doors locked to prevent theft, unwanted false fire alarms (especially in Lewis Quad), and other problematic behavior.
Residents are expected to comply with all residence and guest policies, to use available security locks, and to not prop locked doors open, or to allow entrance to uninvited people. Each residence staff office is open until midnight during the week and until 2 a.m. on weekends and managed by trained and experienced student staff members. Information about security at individual halls is available through the Office of Residence Life.
All St. Mary’s College students and employees are issued photo ID cards and are required to carry them while on campus.