A women's college in New York has implemented a new security measure to keep a check on late night and early morning access to campus, according to a published report.
The public safety department at Barnard College requires students and faculty to show an identification card when passing through the school's gates from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., The Columbia Spectator reports. Those seeking entry can show either a Barnard College identification or a Columbia University badge. Columbia, which is nearby, and Barnard have shared a partnership since Barnard was founded in 1889, according to the Barnard website.
The new standard started when this semester began "with the goal of providing a more secure campus environment," states an email to the news source from public safety director Dianna Pennetti with Barnard College.
This past spring, school administrators met with last year's vice president Rachel Ferrari with the Student Government Association to discuss the matter.
"After the student leaders provided positive feedback and welcomed the idea, the College went ahead with plans to establish the new policy," according to the public safety director.
One person recently was arrested for breaching the new practice on Columbia University's campus.
After dishonestly stating she was a student, a woman who trespassed was charged and made the issue of campus security all the more pertinent to some people.
One student said that she is hopeful that campus will be safer if people who gain access have identification cards. But she also noted that she enjoyed an element of comfort.
"We are hopeful the new policy will provide a more secure environment for our campus community," the public safety director said.