Public Safety enacts stricter GOCard swiping policy
Remember how you used to stroll into a dorm, leisurely swiping your GOCard? Well, forget it.
A new public safety policy will require guards to take residents’ GOCards, examine their photographs, and swipe their cards for them. The policy will be in place by the beginning of the fall semester.
According to Department of Public Safety Associate Director Joseph Smith, the new rules are meant to ensure on-campus safety.
“The University implemented this new procedure after reviewing the process and concluding that doing so would be more consistent with best practices in assets protection,” Smith wrote in an email. “In essence, it allows us to verify that the person presenting the card is the legitimate user of that card.”
Last year, the University enacted a pilot program in Copley Hall to test the new policy. The program’s success emboldened the University to expand it to all applicable residence halls for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Smith added that the decision was “not a reaction to any specific incident.”