Visibility of badges mandatory by April 1
The DCCCD is requiring all students and campus employees to wear visible ID badges as of April 1 on each of its campuses. That includes administrators, faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, custodians, students and everyone at the satellite college campuses, including the district service center and the district office.
Louise Rogers Keim, administrative assistant II in the Richland Office of Student Life, said this is a district-wide initiative from the office of Dr. Joe May, the DCCCD chancellor.
“It’s just another one of his initiatives to help improve safety on campus for everyone,” Rogers Keim said. “It’s also that these cards that we’re doing for the faculty, staff and administrators are programmable. If I need to make a copy and I have a copy card, I can now use my badge as a copy card.”
Rogers Keim said the ID badges will be multi-functional for any keyless entry areas on campuses, like the business office or for cashiers. Only faculty, staff and administrators need the programmable cards.
Student IDs will remain the same, but now they must be visible at all times. Rogers Keim is encouraging students to come by the Office of Student Life in El Paso Hall, E-040, to pick up a free green lanyard or to use an ID holder from Office Depot, which is adjustable.
This issue came up, Rogers Keim said, because the new chancellor has brought forth a lot of new ideas, including the DART GoPASS partnership, to help improve campus life for students, as well as faculty and staff.
The El Centro campus in downtown Dallas attracts a lot of homeless people, according to Rogers Keim. The campus has police officers at the exterior doors to make sure those entering the building have a reason to be there.
“Then we had North Lake adopt this a couple of years ago after a shooting on their campus,” Rogers Keim said. “El Centro had a shooting, too, in their building. Why wait until something happens. Let’s be pro-active.”
Rogers Keim said Richland students may be concerned about parents or others picking them up after their classes and who may not be allowed on campus because they don’t have an ID badge. She said if someone is just sitting around the campus waiting for a student to finish their class, the campus police won’t approach them or ask them to show their badge.
“It’s not like we’re hammering down (as they do at El Centro),” she said. “We are definitely still a community college. We are still open for the community. There are some students or former students who come here just to use the Wi-Fi.”
The question may arise as to what happens if someone on our campus forgets their badge.
“That’s a great question,” Rogers Keim said. “I’m not sure. They really haven’t said yet.”
Also, unless there’s an incident on campus that would alert police, others who are not Richland students should not be concerned about being on the campus for other reasons, such as using Wi-Fi, picking someone up or being in the library.
Rogers Keim said she is hearing from a lot of the students who have been required to wear ID badges in high school, so it’s not new to them. Some of them will ask, “Can I smile in my ID?”
“It’s not going to be a huge adjustment for them,” she said. “The most adjustment is going to be for the faculty and staff.”