University announces changes to perimeter gates

On Thursday, the University of New Haven announced changes to their perimeter gate operation, with plans to close different entrances on campus to funnel incoming traffic. The announcement came via an email from Police Chief Adam Brown, which explained the various safety changes that have taken place on campus this semester.

“We are constantly working on enhancements to keep our students safe,” Brown said. “Areas of enhancement… include additional security posts, a new security guard station located at the Peterson Library entrance, a mobile student transport service, lighting improvements, additional CCTV and card access deployments, and additional security gates at campus entrances and exits.”

The change comes in light of various incidents that happened on and around campus in the last year. These include a student being robbed on campus, and another being robbed on Ruden St.

The two gates sit at Ruden St. and secondary Boston Post Rd. entrances, and will be closed after 9:30 p.m. During this time, guest traffic will be diverted to the main university entrance on Boston Post Rd., where they will be checked by security prior to being admitted onto campus. The gates will then be reopened for general use at 6 a.m.

Students who wish to avoid these security checks can enter campus using their ID card at the Westside parking lot gate. Residential students who are having guests arrive after 9:30 p.m. can also contact the Office of Residential Life to register them.

“We understand that there may be some initial growing pains associated with these gate closures,” Brown said. ”We will work with our University community to ensure the smoothest transition possible.”