The University of Northern Iowa is actively concerned for the safety of all UNI faculty, staff and students on campus. Safety is best achieved when members of the campus community work together to promote a safe environment. The following provides guidelines for access to UNI buildings. It is intended to promote discussion and share responsibility in providing safe access to academic and administrative buildings on campus. Auxiliary units or programs designated with responsibility to run specific facilities are responsible for having written guidelines and procedures that address access, safety and security.
Standard open hours for academic and administrative buildings are Monday through Thursday 7am-10pm; Friday, 7am-5:30pm. These buildings normally will be closed during weekends and university holidays.
Standard open hours for academic and administrative buildings when classes are not in session are Monday through Friday 7am-5:30pm and closed weekends and university holidays.
Buildings may also be closed at other days/times when the university is unexpectedly closed or all classes cancelled (i.e. closed due to weather) based on the time of day of the university closure.
Operating hours for auxiliary units or programs with designated responsibility to run specific facilities are to be determined by each area, with approval by their respective supervisors.
Requests for permanent changes to standard operating hours should be submitted to the appropriate dean or vice president.
Requests for temporary exceptions to standard operating hours should be submitted to the point of contact identified for the specific building.
Evaluation of such requests should consider:
In order to ensure proper heating, cooling, ventilation and appropriate locking/unlocking schedules, approved changes to a building’s standard operating hours should be sent to the Registrar, UNI Police, and Physical Plant. It is also suggested that all department heads within the facility be notified of any substantive changes.
The University Registrar may adjust standard building hours to accommodate requests for specific classes or activities. Any changes initiated by the Registrar shall be sent to UNI Police, Physical Plant, and the specified building contact person.
Faculty and staff (including graduate assistants) who are issued keys or electronic access may enter facilities at their discretion. Others (i.e. student employees, assistants, etc.) issued keys may enter facilities based on the parameters of their identified responsibilities. Individuals in buildings after hours may be asked to show their university identification.
After-hours access for students is at the discretion of the appropriate building contact who is also responsible for notifying UNI Police and Physical Plant of such decisions.
Students who are allowed access to specialized areas in UNI academic buildings must follow established safety guidelines for those areas. Specialized areas are understood to include science labs (research and teaching), art and theatre production areas, machine shops, studios, practice rooms/rehearsal spaces and other areas where specialized equipment or materials are kept. Department heads are responsible for making sure that faculty, staff and students are aware of the safety guidelines for the specialized areas in their buildings.
As a general practice University Police will not provide after-hours access.
After a building is closed, no door shall be blocked open. Nor will any individual not approved for access be admitted to the building. Individuals in buildings after hours may be asked to show their university identification.