Unlock the Side Door Entrances at CMU

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Unlock the Side Door Entrances at CMU

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carlie jane started this petition to Central Michigan University

Since August 2020, Central Michigan University has locked all side entrances to their residence halls. The only entrances open are the main doors, so for example, the lobby door at FEW, located between Fabiano, Emmons and Woldt. For people living on the sides closest to the lobby, this extra walk doesn’t seem like a big deal. For people who live on the sides farthest from the lobby, closest to the dumpsters, getting to and from your rooms is a massive hassle. In addition, taking out trash, going to classes, going to work, or any other reason for leaving your dorm requires you to go out of your way. It should also be noted that there are times during the day and night where the only entrance open to the East facilities is that of SHC, completely opposite of FEW. This means that there are students walking around the building alone at night, in unlit areas for most of it. 

In February, 2021, an announcement was made that anyone caught propping open doors for easier access to the dorms will be subject to student conduct, and could be given a number of punishments, from fines to potential suspension for repeat offenses. In addition, the door alarms will be turned on, and you will be recorded for “illegally” entering or exiting the building. For anyone who is not a student, this is normal between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., they are, however looking to make this a 24 hour deal. While we as students understand the danger of propping open doors, many students feel that this is the only way of getting access to their dorms without the extra hike and exposure to people. 

As a current student experiencing this same frustration, I would like to take a moment to point out that both FEW and SHC have locked all Handicap accessible entrances as well. This is incredibly distressing to anyone with a disability, as they are excluded from regular student life. 

For months, students have been complaining and advocating for our doors to be reopened, and administration continues to claim that “It is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19,” and for that, I propose this question. If we are truly trying to stop the spread of COVID, why are we funneling hundreds, if not thousands of students, in and out of the same door when there is not proper cleaning protocol occurring? 

We were told that janitors would be sanitizing doors, shared spaces such as study rooms and kitchen areas, several times daily. As someone living in the dorms, I have yet to see someone  do any form of sanitization. 

My proposal is to reopen the side doors for all buildings, and to encourage people from these resident halls to use their side doors, and refrain from all entering through the lobby until necessary, as done before. Students living in Fabiano enter through Fabiano, Saxe through Saxe, Celani through Celani, etc. 

My final thought on this topic is this: if faculty and administration want us to live on campus and continue in person living and education, then it is time to acknowledge that we have the right to go in and out of the doors that make the most sense for our destinations. 

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