EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Monday marks one month since the mass shooting at Michigan State University, and school officials have stepped up efforts to make campus safer.
It also marks the first night most buildings are requiring keycard access.
From 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., you won’t be able to enter most buildings on campus unless you have a Spartan ID card.
While there are mixed feelings about the requirement, some said it’s long overdue.
“I think honestly, it should have been something that was put in place before what happened,” MSU Business Major Katie Klump said. “Because even before it happened, me and my roommates would talk about how anyone could just walk into any lecture and get in, or someone could open the building for them and you wouldn’t know who they are.”
Other students said they want to see it in place 24/7.
“Not only after 6 p.m, they should put the keycard thing throughout the day,” Physics Major Einstein Dhayal said.
He added that crime isn’t just something that happens at night.
“What’s stopping someone from doing it before 6 p.m.? So, might as well do it the entire day. And come on, it’s not that big of a hassle to just get your card out and just tap it real quick to get in,” Dhayal said.
While others aren’t fully on board. Some students say while it’s a good idea, there are ways to get around the security measure.
“You could just call somebody to get you, or just walk in behind somebody. And it kind of sucks because if you lose your ID, at the same time, you have to wait for somebody else to come,” MSU Student Ethan Yoder said.
Despite that, Dhayal said it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“If someone even thinks about doing stuff like this, the system should be designed in such a way that even if he wants to, there should be no way that he can actually do it. Precautions are better than cure,” Dhayal said.
Officials at MSU said accommodations will be made for public events that take place on campus.