Posted at 1:45 p.m., Nov. 17, 2015

Student Employees face changes
under revised key policy

A new policy that cut lines when LCCC employees may receive keys was updated to bar students from receiving keys.

On Sept. 25, 2015, the new key policy was signed and posted to LCCC’s policies web page. Originated by Bill Zink, Physical Plant assistant director; ratified by college council Chad Marley, College Council Co-chair; and approved by President Joe Schaffer, the new policy states approved “students, including student employees, are not to be issued keys.” It later explains that students can gain access from campus security at any time with proper identification.

James Crosby, director of campus security, said the department will handle unlocking the doors for student employees as they had previous to the policy. This applies to students who have permission to gain access to work areas. Campus security asks students to call when they are at the location and to call when they are leaving so that security can lock up the area.

Schaffer said the key policy has been approved and signed, so it is in effect. This key policy will effect student employees who report specifically to a faculty or staff member. If the job is a position provided by the college itself and the employee doesn’t report to a faculty or staff member, the policy does not effect the employee. Schaffer said students can gain access to facilities through the adviser to whom they report. The new key policy was approved and put into action due to concerns for safety.

“The goal is to mitigate the risks,” Schaffer said.

However, Vice President of Administration and Finance Rick Johnson said students can still be issued keys, but the process has changed.

Johnson said the policy is not written well because it is changing how the key is issued instead of who can get a key. He explained the supervisor of the student employee may request keys in the supervisor’s name and then issue it to the student employee. The student employee may not have keys issued in their names but can carry keys that are issued in the supervisor’s name.