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New campus-access policy to take effect Jan. 14

Beginning Jan. 2, lightly used entrances to campus will close after business hours or at 9 p.m. Eight heavily used entrances will remain open at all times. (Photo/Eddie North-Hager)

University officials are reminding the community that a new campus-access policy for the University Park Campus will go into effect on Jan. 14. The policy, along with several other security enhancements, had first been announced in November.

From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night, the number of entrances to campus will be limited, security personnel will be stationed at each open entrance and anyone coming to campus will be asked to show identification.

The new system will require USC students, faculty and staff to register any guests arriving after 9 p.m. Each guest will need to present photo identification to enter campus.

“We’re doing this because we really care about the security and safety of students, faculty and staff,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson at a briefing for student media on Dec. 12.

Beginning Jan. 2, lightly used entrances to campus will close after business hours or at 9 p.m. Eight heavily used entrances will remain open at all times, including overnight. Information on open entrances will be available on the USC Maps site by Jan. 14.

The visitor registration system will also be available by that date. Once a USC student, staff or faculty member registers a guest, the information will be provided immediately to entrance attendants.

“We are trying to balance convenience and safety,” said Department of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton. “This is the most effective way we can go about achieving that balance.”

The administration has already taken a number of steps over the past few years that have significantly improved the security of the University Park neighborhood, including the addition of officers, security ambassadors and cameras.

“We believe these measures will make the University Park Campus even safer,” Jackson said.

Most campus visits take place during daytime and early evening hours, and will be unaffected by the new policy. University officials are discussing options for providing convenient access to campus for extended members of the Trojan Family, such as neighbors participating in the university’s many outreach programs who may wish to visit campus after 9 p.m.

“We will still be a welcoming place. That’s the goal,” Jackson said. “We’ve consulted with students, faculty and community leaders, and have gotten a lot of positive response and support for these changes.”

For more information as the measures are implemented, check visitor.usc.edu. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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