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Access to Facilities and Security
Clark Atlanta University is a private institution with an Open Campus.
buildings are equipped with emergency lighting, exterior security
lighting, ground floor security screens, fire and smoke alarms, and
panic-bar type doors. All residence halls have self-closing mechanism
doors that should prevent unauthorized persons from entering the
buildings. The security measures are evaluated and maintained annually.
Directors (R.D.'s) are responsible for maintaining the standard of
residential life within their respective halls. Dorm rules are regulated
by the R.D. who also reside in the residence halls, which provides an
opportunity for them to plan, coordinate, and implement safety measures
working in conjunction with the Clark Atlanta Police Department in the
- Reporting strangers in their area;
- Controlling and monitoring access to the buildings;
- Advising safe off-campus practices; and
- Coordinating walk through inspections.
on-campus student residing in residential halls are required to share
in the responsibility for the security of their building. These
requirements are as follows:
- Follow access control policies related to students and his/her visitor(s).
- Report lost access cards immediately to the Residential Director and Public Safety representatives.
- Prevent the duplication of residential room keys.
- Report defective and inoperative access control devices and security Equipment.
- Avoid “propping” the doors to residential, recreational and academic facilities open.
- Display student identification cards and adhere to visitation rules.
is a privilege, not a right, and therefore may by suspended by the
Office of Student Affairs. Residential hall visitation hours vary
throughout the week. The normal periods for visitation in the residence
halls are as follows:
Monday through Sunday: 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Residence hall visitation hours are determined by the Office of Student Affairs. These hours are subject to change.
administrative and academic buildings are open during normal business
hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to those who require access. All
non-resident buildings are locked down and/or opened by Public Safety
personnel based upon the schedule of activity, with the exception of
Harkness Hall, Science Research Center and Park Street Church. Harkness
Hall, Science Research Center and Park Street Church access is
controlled by an access card system.
Most residence hall access
is controlled by an access control card system (Panther Paw card). The
Panther Paw office is responsible for data entry and card issuance
procedures for this system. Residence hall rooms are accessed using a
key system, which is controlled by the Office of Student Affairs and
Residential Life. Residents are advised to keep their rooms locked at
all times. For reasons of security, it is necessary for residents to
carry their Panther Paw card and room key at all times. In the event
residents are locked out of their rooms, it may be necessary for them to
wait for a roommate, contact their Resident Director or contact
Facilities to gain entry into their room.
Missing, lost, or
stolen access cards and/or keys should be reported to the Department of
Public Safety immediately. Door locks may be changed and new keys issued
for a fee determined by Facilities. Keys are not to be loaned or
Access Control and Parking
entering and exiting the main campus are monitored. Currently,
vehicular access routes along public streets are not under strict
control procedures. However, proactive patrolling is used to monitor
vehicular access. All vehicles parked on University property must have
- Authorized parking permit, or
- Vendor pass.
not displaying one of the above documents are encouraged to park in the
University parking deck. Campus parking regulations are strictly
enforced. Enforcement includes warnings, traffic citations, booting and