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Citadel News Service
21 Apr 2007

Board approves plan to put locks in barracks

The Citadel Board of Visitors today passed a resolution approving an administration plan to install locks on barracks’ doors beginning this summer.  The action, just five days after a student killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech, is one of several steps the college has taken in a review of campus security.
The administration has discussed locks on doors for some time in view of the fact that The Citadel operates as a civilian college in the summer. The college houses students from other colleges and visiting groups in the barracks during that period. While students are stationed at the entrance to the barracks whenever the gates are open, the individual rooms are not locked.   
“Installing locks on barracks’ room doors is about safety and security,” said Lieutenant General John Rosa, president of The Citadel.
“This decision in no way compromises the honor system. The personal standards that a cadet does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do remains the centerpiece of The Citadel experience.”
Installation of locks will begin after graduation and should be completed by the time the Corps of Cadets returns for the fall session. The project will cost about $125,000.
“This action is an acknowledgement that, regrettably, the world has changed,” said Major General Art Baiden, chairman of the board. “The tradition of unlocked doors as a part of an open community evolved during a different time. We have an obligation to give students who come here basic provisions for their safety.”
Mark Brandenburg, the college’s general counsel, said the measure is a reasonable, appropriate step. “The college has received comments from parents about installing locks on doors.”
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