Access to Facilities and Building Security
Most college locations are open to the public during normal business hours. At night and during periods when classes are not in session, college buildings are generally locked. A security access card system is utilized at various locations. Faculty, staff and a limited number of students, with proper identification, are issued keys/access cards to gain entry into buildings. Individuals assigned access cards or keys are responsible for reporting if they are missing, lost and/or stolen.
Each location establishes procedures to ensure the safety of its students and employees. While procedures are appropriate to the particular location, all follow these principles:
- Keys/access cards and knowledge of security codes (in buildings with alarm systems) are limited to employees, and only those who may need to be in the building during evenings and weekends are provided keys.
- Individuals who are no longer employees or on a long-term leave of absence from the college must turn in their keys/access cards before separation from the college.
- Where there are receptionists, all visitors and students must check in upon arrival and departure.
- Employees who organize after-hours meetings and events are responsible for safety and security while the meeting is in session and also are responsible for ensuring that the building is secured when they leave.
- Saratoga Springs: The overall maintenance of facilities in Saratoga Springs is conducted through the Office of Administration and Physical Facilities. Deficiencies found at Saratoga Springs facilities are to be reported to the Office of Physical Facilities at 518-587-2100, ext. 2339. Periodic safety inspections are conducted by the Office of Safety and Security in conjunction with the Office of Physical Facilities. Overall hazards are identified and corrected. Physical security, lighting and general safety issues are identified and addressed in a timely manner.
- All college locations outside of Saratoga Springs: Physical deficiencies or hazards found or identified at other Empire State College locations must be reported directly to the center dean or program director. The deficiencies are corrected by the individual maintenance companies or property owners of each site. However, any critical hazard or deficiency also should be reported to the Office of Safety and Security in Saratoga Springs at 518-587-2100, ext. 2800.