SYRACUSE , N.Y. (NCC News) – The Syracuse University Department of Campus Safety spent its summer scrutinizing campus safety policies. It ultimately decided there will be 24-hour security in residence halls, starting this spring.
This shocked some students as currently there is only an officer present from 5 p.m. until 6 a.m.
While the decision was made to protect students during all hours of the day, not all students seem to be thrilled.
One Syracuse sophomore said “… the 24-hour sign in is a waste of time and money for the DPS officers.”
The new hours show that an officer will be stationed in dorms at all times in order to check student IDs and sign in any guests who do not live in the dorm.
Other students have a more positive outlook, saying it will ease their minds to know they are being protected.
“I think that like everyone in the dorms will feel like reassured that nothing can happen.”
The university’s vice president of safety, Tony Callisto, said the change comes after numerous instances of people getting into Syracuse dorms over the years.
“The most recent was last year when a former student with an ID actually made his way in with two other people, pulled the fire alarm and did a series of burglaries in two different residence halls in the daytime,” Callisto said.
Callisto has worked closely with the school and used feedback from parents to find ways to ensure maximum safety on campus. Callisto said he would rather have students safe even if it means they have to go through the small hassles in order to take precautions.