This past month at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, a freshmen student decided to test out the schools security guards and ID policy. Her unfortunate findings were that throughout her day, she was able to get into 13 different school buildings using a Target Gift card.
Although the physical security guards fell short of their ID checking duty, it seems like the university’s card swiping system did offer some reconciliation:
“Like Annenberg, I needed to swipe into Klein Hall (one of the law buildings), so I was expecting the security there to be on their game. I tried to swipe in with my Target gift card and the guard could clearly see that I wasn’t using my OWLcard. He promptly corrected me and I left. The guards at Anderson and Ritter also noticed immediately and asked me to show them my actual ID card. I’m thankful someone was actually paying attention.”
In this University’s case, it seems like a combination of physical and electronic security measures will be put in place to remedy the situation.
“The safety of Temple’s students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and we want to ensure campus facilities are secure for all who use them,” Charles Leone, Temple’s executive director of public safety, said in an email.
The University has taken more preventative measures in securing the safety of their students since the experiment came out.
“I think that’s an incredible step in the right direction,” Mancuso said. “I had no goals walking into to writing this article other than to make people more aware, which would in turn hopefully make people more safe.”
Read Mancuso’s whole article here