Student Security Improvements
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Popular SuggestionsWhat Problem is it Fixing?Other Comments
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Take student concerns about security system seriouslyIf students perceive the policy as being too restrictive (as many do now) they will take steps to bypass the security system. The net effect is a decrease in security. Prioritizing community and student comfort doesn't just make students happier; it also makes dorms more secure."Community support and buy-in are the most important factors for the success of any security scheme enacted in the dormitories." - MIT 2012 Residence Hall Security Review Committee
Final Report
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For all dorms, allow residents of a dorm to enter any entrance of their dorm by tapping their IDSingle access point into dorm is frustrating to studentsStudents are unhappy that they can not go into their home's closest entrance or even visit their dorm's courtyard without being waved in verbally, especially when the doors are already equipped with a place to tap. They do not understand why this is the policy for some dorms but not others
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For all dorms, allow residents to exit from any entrance without alarms or false "Emergency Exit" signsSingle access point into dorm is frustrating to studentsStudents do not understand why they can not leave through the closest exit. They do not understand why this is the policy for some dorms but not others
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Clear statement of policy for each dorm in easily accessible location, perhaps at desk itselfImplementation within individual dorms is not uniform and highly dependent on Allied Barton workerMany students expressed confusion or misunderstandings of policy (notably on how long camera footage is stored). This is partly exacerbated by the fact that the policy varies across dorms and Allied Barton personnel
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MIT students should be treated with respect and dignity by Allied Barton workersStudents feel that Allied Barton are outsiders coming into their communityNearly every dorm reported a case of being treated rudely by an Allied Barton worker. Students had favorable interactions with Nightwatch and felt that they were better integrated with the community. Students want people who are integrated with the community, not guards
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Better training for guards - both for policy and for communication skills specific to a diverse student community.Implementation within individual dorms is not uniform and highly dependent on Allied Barton worker. Students feel that Allied Barton are outsiders coming into their communityStudents had generally positive impressions of Nightwatch. They wished that Allied Barton workers would be more accomodating and less rude.
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Remove internal facing camerasPerceived increased surveillance and violation of privacy with camerasStudents are concerned that more cameras had been installed than promised (MacGregor, Next) and that interior footage was shown without permission when not explicitly for a police investigation (Next to Random).
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MIT students on guest lists can tap into any entranceFriction with guest lists
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Letting students escort their own guests without sign-insFriction with guest lists. Students do not feel trusted
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Clarifying objective of security changes - access control? tracking students? liability? burglary?Unclear what the motivation behind security changes actually are. Lack of transparency makes students wary of whether security is actually a concern and less safe
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Students should have access to their tap-in data and be informed when it is accessedFear of data used irresponsibly
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Automate guest list software so guest list entry is immediate and students can check guest list status at any timeFriction with guest listsMany students have suggested a Google Docs form as a low tech solution to this. Random Hall currently has this implemented but there still remain miscommunications with Allied Barton not having an up to date guest list
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Respect student comfort and community. Only implement security policies that do not unduly compromise student comfort and communityStudents do not feel involved in the process and are more likely to disresepct the systemImproved security is ok if it doesn't come at the expense of quality of life. However, students are finding it hard to invite friends over or organize events.
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Increased communication between Allied Barton and student desk workersStudents feel that Allied Barton are outsiders coming into their communityGetting to know Allied Barton workers on a personal level might help them feel more comfortable within a community, but currently they are not allowed to fraternize with students and some students are wary given past incidents
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Inform students well in advance of policy changesAvoiding the problems that Parents' Weekend had about communication
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