I.D. Needed to Unlock C-M Law Doors on Euclid Ave

By Adam Schabel

Feb. 4th, 2019

A sign stating, “CSU card access only, please swipe card,” is present on the entrance doors to the Cleveland Marshall College of Law on Euclid Avenue.

As of Jan. 7, 2019, the doors will be locked at all times and require a Cleveland State I.D. card to open.
“It came down to safety,” said Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, an associate dean in the law school.

Lee Fisher, the dean of the Cleveland-Marshall, sent an email to faculty, staff and students in November 2018 with information regarding the new policy. The email stated, “this will also address the issue of non-CSU people entering the building and creating possible safety concerns, especially for our students.”

Fisher added in the email that anyone with a university I.D. card can enter the building and that access is not limited to just law students. He also mentioned that all other doors to the law building will remain accessible to everyone and will not require a card for entry.

Fisher wrote in the email that safety has been one of his top priorities since he arrived at the Cleveland-Marshall. He added that “the CSU campus and our building have had no major safety issues, and the CSU Police Department has been outstanding in the services they provide to us. Nonetheless, I think it’s important to always be mindful about how we can make our building even safer.”

Fisher concluded the email by noting that this change will help keep the law school community safe and that if this change becomes an inconvenience, the situation will be re-evaluated.

“I don’t know what prompted it, but it doesn’t bother me,” said Spencer Shaw, a third-year law student at Cleveland-Marshall. “It’s not a big deal to me and I’m indifferent towards it.”




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