University of Michigan looks to boost door security on campus

July 8, 2009
Officials consider equipping classrooms with doors that lock from the inside


From The Michigan Daily: University of Michigan administrators are considering equipping classrooms with doors that lock from the inside. Physics Professor Keith Riles, who introduced the issue at the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs meeting last month, says adding doorknobs that lock from the inside to University classrooms may help keep students and staff safe. Individuals from the Office of Facilities and Operations have been conducting research and collecting feedback to see if adding doors that lock from the inside would be beneficial to University classrooms. Diane Brown, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, says current fire regulations in Michigan state that all doors inside campus buildings must swing outward into the hall and that there must be only one step required — such as turning a door handle — for an individual to exit a room.

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