Policy 61

Normal Closing Hours:

Normal closing hours in the academic complex will be tied to the closing time of the library. Monday through Thursday the library closes at 11:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday the library closes at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, the library closes at 10:30 p.m. During final exam week the library closes at 1:00 a.m. When classes are not in session, the Library closes at 4:30 p.m. Academic complex closing hours may be modified to accommodate special events. All other buildings will close at the times listed below. 

Closing Time

Student Center M-Th, 11 p.m. F-Sat., 12 a.m.

Sun., 10 p.m. When school not in session, 4:30 p.m.  Sports & Activity Center M-Th, 9 p.m. F, 6 p.m., Sat., 12-4 p.m., Sun., 4-7 p.m. When school not in session, 4:30 p.m. Tallent Hall (except Police Dept.) After last continuing education class (9-10 p.m. at latest) University Police Department 3:00 a.m. Preschool and Children's Center 5:00 p.m. Physical Plant 4:30 p.m. Power Plant Generally staffed 24 hours per day Animal Care/Greenhouse 4:30 p.m. Regional Staff Development Center 4:30 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Usage: 

Faculty and staff may use their offices or areas of responsibility at any time; however, University facilities may only be used for University business. 

Student Usage: 

Students must be specifically authorized by a department representative in order to use that department's facilities after hours. A two-tiered authorization system will be used. Most students will be receive "Level 1" access which will allow them to remain in the facility until 2:00 a.m. Some students will receive "Level 2" access which will allow them access at all hours. Only those students who will regularly need access past 2:00 a.m. will be considered for Level 2 access. Level 2 access will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

Access Card System Procedures: 

By the end of the second week of each term, departments will supply University Police with a roster of students authorized to use their facilities after hours. The roster will include; Name, Access Level, specifically approved area(s), and expiration date, if prior to end of semester. (See Appendix B.) By the end of the third week of each term, University Police will issue access cards to the departments for distribution to their students. Departments may authorize additional students throughout the term as the need arises. In such cases, the University Police will issue access cards as soon as possible. 

All students must possess an access card and a valid picture ID in order to gain entry to or remain in a building after hours. To gain access to a building after hours students must contact University Police by phone or in person to request a key assist. Only University Police officers may admit students to a building after hours. Students working in a building after hours are not to let anyone else in the building. Students violating this policy may have their after hours privileges revoked.


If areas will be used after hours, the departments in charge of the areas must develop and post guidelines for the after hour use of those areas. Guidelines must be posted in a conspicuous location at or near the entrance to the area. For safety reasons, hazardous activities undertaken after hours require the presence of at least two people. Working with hazardous chemicals in a lab, welding, or using power tools are examples of hazardous activities. Guidelines must contain the following information:

1) Faculty/Staff person(s) in charge of the area. 
2) Faculty/Staff Emergency Contact Numbers (home telephone numbers.) 
3) Specific rules for after hours use of the area. 
4) Hazardous Activities that require the presence of at least two people. 
5) Hazardous Activities that may not be performed after hours.

Additionally, departments must ensure that students, faculty and staff adhere to the guidelines and are properly trained and checked out on hazardous activities they will be participating in. 

Parking Considerations:

The University's parking lots close at 2:00 a.m. Faculty, staff, and students who are parked in the lots after 2:00 a.m. will be subject to being ticketed unless University Police Dispatch is notified at x2455 prior to 2:00 a.m. There will be no exceptions to this policy. 



Appendix A.

Departmental Action Steps

Step 1. Submit a roster of students requiring access to departmental facilities after hours to University Police at Tallent Hall. See Appendix B for required information. Rosters may be submitted in alternative formats as long as all information is provided.

Step 2. Develop and post guidelines for after hours use of each area where access after hours will be allowed. Guidelines are to be posted at or near the entrance to the area. Include emergency contact information, specific rules for the area, and indicate hazardous activities that are permitted and those that are prohibited. 

Step 3. Ensure that faculty, staff and students are properly trained to conduct the hazardous activities they will be doing after hours. 

Appendix B.

Student Roster
After Hours Facility Usage 


Department:_______________________ Term:________________________ 

Department Contact:_______________________ Phone:__________________ 


Access Level 1 or 2

Authorized Areas Bldg./Room

Expiration Date*



* If prior to end of current semester.  Photocopy if more forms needed. 

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