USC adds security gates, ID checks to enter at night

The fallout continues from the Halloween night shooting of four visitors at a party on the South LA campus of the University of Southern California. By the time students return to school on Jan. 14, pedestrian gates into campus will close at 9 p.m. Students, employees and guests will have to pass through checkpoints and show identification. Guests will also need an invitation. "These are the first access restrictions to pedestrians at USC in modern history," ABC 7 says.

USC explains it here.

USC strives to maintain a safe community for its students, faculty, staff, guests and neighbors. A new campus access policy was announced in November 2012 and takes effect on the University Park Campus Jan. 14, 2013.

From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night, the number of entrances to campus will be limited; security personnel will be stationed at each entrance; and anyone coming to campus will be required to show identification.

The new system will require USC students, faculty and staff to register any guests arriving after 9 p.m. Guests will need to be registered and to present photo identification in order to enter campus.

Beginning Jan. 2, lightly used entrances to campus will close after business hours or at 9 p.m. Eight heavily used entrances will remain open at all times, including overnight. A map of entrances open after 9 p.m. will be available on the USC Maps site by Jan. 14.

Visitor registration will be available on this site by Jan. 7. Once a USC student, staff or faculty registers a guest, the information is immediately available to entrance attendants.


Pedestrians wishing to enter campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. must be registered as a guest and have a government issued identification card.


Cars with a USC parking permit will be admitted after 9 p.m. to campus parking structures. Registered guests will be allowed entry to parking structures after presenting their identification card to entrance attendants. A pass will be issued for registered guests. Unregistered guests will not be allowed entry unless they have a business purpose: examples include commercial food delivery, commercial transportation such as a shuttle van or taxi service, or service calls. Drivers will be asked for identification and for their destination.

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