Physical security

Security planning

Security planning is an integral part of any successful security program. Plans for new and renovated facilities are reviewed for security and safety impacts. Planning and maintaining the landscaped areas of the campus are important to the campus appearance as well as maintaining good security. Campus administrators and student leaders review security and safety procedures and considerations when planning campus events and activities. The Facilities Services Department responds to work orders daily to repair locks, windows, and lighting. A continuous program of lighting improvements, with input from both the students and staff, has made some significant improvements in the past several years. There have been continuous improvements each year in campus fire detection and alarm systems. There are over 100 security alarm systems on campus which are monitored by the University Police Department. Security and safety planning is an on-going process on the Furman campus.

Building access protocol

Access to campus

The campus is accessible on a 24-hour basis from Poinsett Highway and Duncan Chapel Road. Some other gate access points are closed to reduce access to the campus at night. During the fall break when there are no activities on campus, all campus gates close at 7 p.m. During the summer months when there are many camps with young children, all campus gates close at 10 p.m. During these times, you may access the campus through the main gate from Poinsett Highway provided you have either a current parking decal on your vehicle or a current Furman identification card with you.

Access to residential facilities

We expect resident students to secure their individual rooms and apartments and report suspicious persons to both University Police and the Housing staff. Lakeside Housing and South Housing have card access equipment at the exterior entry points and door prop alarms on all exterior doors.   These exterior locking systems are designed to keep strangers out of the residence halls. For everyone's safety, do not prop open these exterior doors. Visitors must use the security telephones located at the entry points to call the person they are visiting and are allowed into the halls only when escorted by a resident

Lakeside Auxiliary Housing units (Cabin, Shuck, Cottage and Hut) have individual security alarms. North Village apartments have dead bolt locks and the first floor apartment windows have security screens.

Access to other campus facilities

Campus facilities have different operating hours and policies. The facility manager and heads of the departments occupying that facility determine these policies. In 1999, a program was initiated to install card access systems to various labs, athletic locker rooms and entry into some facilities. This program has been continually expanded since its initiation. All campus facilities have at least one on-campus telephone in which to contact University Police.

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