SUNY Oswego residence halls check IDs again

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Students coming back to their residence halls after 11 P.M. were surprised at the start of this semester when Resident Advisers did not ask to see their IDs.

“They didn’t tell us the policy was changed until you entered back into the dorm building after eleven o’clock and they just waved you off instead of actually asking to check your ID to make sure you lived in the building,” said Cayuga Hall resident Nicole Dempsey.

According to some students, the lack of ID checking made some returning residents feel unsafe.  Dempsey said that it concerned her because you do not need to be a resident of the building to come in because you can just follow someone who has already scanned his or her ID.

Resident Assistant Genesis Rossi said that ResLife and Housing sent out an email to all the RA’s last Friday telling them that they needed to start checking ID’s again.

“IDs are checked by RAs from 11 P.M. to 1 A.M, and then DAs start checking them from 1 A.M. to 3 A.M. on weekdays,” Rossi said.

Residence hall ID scanners only allow those students who live in that specific hall access after 11 P.M. Despite this, it still makes students feel safer knowing their IDs are being checked.

“I don’t have to worry about other people who don’t go to school here or even living in this building just casually entering into our building and causing problems,” Dempsey said.

According to Rossi, the ID checking process is not hard at all; students only have to show the RA or DA behind the desk their student ID with their current resident halls sticker on the front.

Some students, such as freshman and transfers, will have to adjust to this change. Rossi said she thinks the freshman will have the most adjusting since they started the school year unaware that this was a policy that was in place the past few years.

Rossi said she hopes that residents see that the RA’s are doing this for them, to keep them safe.