New Residence Hall Door Policy

Door access changing in on-campus residence halls
Door access changing in on-campus residence halls
Student safety is always our top priority at Miami University. We continually review policies and procedures to ensure we are fostering a safe environment on campus. Earlier this week, students living on campus received the message below regarding a new policy for residence hall door access. Resident directors will communicate with residents in their building(s) to provide details about how this policy will be implemented for each community. 

Hello residence hall students,

We care greatly about your safety and security on campus and are committed to continuously improving the student experience. I am writing to share a policy change designed to enhance the security of the residence halls and your personal safety. The change addresses how students access their residence halls during the late night and very early morning hours between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Beginning January 28, 2018, residents will need to enter their residence halls using the entrance designated for 24-hour use. The door selected for each community was determined based on student input and data that indicates which entrance was most often used. There will be no change in how students can exit their buildings.

You will receive an email with community-specific information from your Resident Director prior to the beginning of spring semester. You will continue to have key-card entrance access to all doors in your residence hall from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the change is limited to the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

This change in policy was made to provide additional opportunities for you to look out for one another and strengthen residential communities. Limiting the number of late-night access points to the buildings is a common security measure used by 24-hour buildings, including the Armstrong Student Center and King Library.

This change is part of an ongoing plan to increase visibility and support for all residents returning home late at night. For example, we increased campus police bike patrols in residential quad areas last fall

We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to ensuring that Miami University remains one of the safest schools in the country.


Jayne E. Brownell, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Miami University