Components of the Physical Security System

The University has a single unified platform that integrates electronic surveillance, alarm monitoring and access control. All new security components are to be installed on this unified, centralized platform, and all installations require approval by the Department of Public Safety.

Physical security systems management by the Department of Public Safety include digital cameras, contact sensors that are monitored for forced entry, and card readers (electronic access control) at building entryways.

Access to buildings during normal business hours are determined by the department who controls the location. Unlocking and locking times are programmed and controlled centrally and typically buildings are unlocked Monday through Friday between 7:30am and 5:30pm. When buildings are locked, only those personnel with a valid University issued card will be permitted to access.

A complete system has multiple layers of security protection. The four components are:

  1. Deterrence. The initial layer of security; the goal of deterrence is to convince unwanted persons that a successful effort to enter an unauthorized area is unlikely. Fences, walls, vehicle barriers, electronic card access and cameras at entryways are examples of deterrence provisions.
  2. Detection. Locate, identify and contain the movement of an unwanted persons who have gained unauthorized entry to buildings. Alarms are centrally received within the Department of Public Safety. Detection devices include door alarms, glass breaks, and motion sensors.
  3. Delay. Impede, isolate and forestall the movement of an unwanted party within a building.
  4. Response. Ensure that coordinated, interactive and reliable communication system and procedures are in place to facilitate an immediate and effective response from Public Safety.