Security in the Residence Halls

Security is the shared responsibility of every resident, and the College expects every student to take that responsibility seriously. Students should get into the habit of locking their dorm room doors and windows when leaving and should always lock the door when retiring for the night. Students living in HCA should keep both the main door and the basement door closed and locked in order to keep the building safe and secure. There are deadbolt locks and peepholes in individual apartment doors. There are also special sash stops on first floor windows to limit the opening to 4″ on the bottom windows and 4″ on the top. Security screens have been installed in first floor windows in Gummere Hall, Henry S. Drinker House, and Leeds Hall.

Problems with doors or window locks should be reported to Facilities Management immediately upon discovery (

Students are also expected to be responsible for who they let into the residence halls. Students should not let anyone into a building who they do not know or let anyone they do not know walk in behind them.

Problems with the OneCard and.or building access card reader should be reported immediately to Camus Safety (610-896-1111).

During the day, Campus Safety patrols HCA as part of its regular coverage of the campus. In the evenings, one officer patrols HCA exclusively from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., seven days a week, year-round. For more information about campus security, see the Campus Safety section of the Guide.

Last modified: August 28, 2015