Security Survey on Campus
is chapter illustrates the current state of the hazardous materials
(HAZMAT) situation in relation to security and safety at the University.
To understand how certain situations evolved, a survey is necessary to
record data on current practices for the management of HAZMAT.
Observational data gives direction in collecting other data that needs to
be obtained and provides information for recommendations to be formu-
lated. e security survey focused on buildings that either used HAZMAT
in research or where access to those facilities could be gained through
other buildings connected by skywalks or tunnels.
Data was gathered on four Sundays in 2004: May 2, May 9, May 16, and
May 23. Sunday was selected because access to buildings is more restric-
tive than on weekdays and personnel/student trac would be at the low-
est levels since no classes are held on Sundays. My hypothesis was that
research laboratories not being used would be secured as would biologi-
cal elements commonly utilized in research or student activities. e
crime prevention coordinator accompanied me on the last two security
surveys. For the security surveys I entered C1 and walked along the sky-
walks through J1, D2, D1, D3, E1, B1, and B2. In addition, I investigated
G1 and F1.
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e University was designed to maximize access. e connecting sky-
walks are a prime example of this architectural decision. With the
skywalks, people can navigate unimpeded from one end of campus to
another through the interiors of the major structures of the campus
(Picture7.1). Most of the doors designed to seal o corridors were ret-
rotted to existing facilities. According to a respondent, the doors in C1
were installed aer the building had been completed. In the 1960s, D1
was the only structure that existed. As new buildings were constructed,
older buildings such as D1 were connected with skywalks so that faculty,
sta, and students could easily navigate from one facility to another.
Security concerns did not appear to inuence the design of the facili-
ties even as recently as 1992, when B1 was designed to have a skywalk
from that facility to E1. Improvisations were made by faculty and sta
Skywalk between D1 and D3.

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