Overnight Entry Letter

January 2018

Hello residence hall students,

We care greatly about your safety and security on campus and are committed to continuously improving the student experience. I am writing to share a policy change designed to enhance the security of the residence halls and your personal safety. The change addresses how students access their residence halls during the late night and very early morning hours between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Beginning January 28, 2018, residents will need to enter their residence halls using the entrance designated for 24-hour use. The door selected for each community was determined based on student input and data that indicates which entrance was most often used. There will be no change in how students can exit their buildings.

You will receive an email with community-specific information from your Resident Director prior to the beginning of spring semester. You will continue to have key-card entrance access to all doors in your residence hall from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the change is limited to the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

This change in policy was made to provide additional opportunities for you to look out for one another and strengthen residential communities. Limiting the number of late-night access points to the buildings is a common security measure used by 24-hour buildings, including the Armstrong Student Center and King Library.

This change is part of an ongoing plan to increase visibility and support for all residents returning home late at night. For example, we increased campus police bike patrols in residential quad areas last fall.

We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to ensuring that Miami University remains one of the safest schools in the country.


Jayne E. Brownell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Miami University