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Reaction mixed as Detroit university ID rule goes into effect

Students at University of Detroit Mercy have mixed reactions about the school’s new rule requiring students, faculty and staff to wear their ID badges while on campus.

The reason for the rule is simple. The ID policy is part of a broader security system, said Tamara Batcheller, associate vice president for facilities management. “I don’t think any one thing is going to get us the perfect security system and I don’t think there is such a thing as perfect security.”

Still, she says “campus security will be significantly increased” by the ID requirement.

There was no specific reason for the new rule but Batcheller said that thefts on the university campus indicated there was a need for greater security.

The IDs can easily pinpoint those who shouldn’t be on campus, someone who Batcheller said wouldn’t be on campus for any legitimate reason.

“I think sometimes people have a false sense of reality of how they (outsiders) get on campus,” she said. “The legitimate people usually drive or walk on to campus, but those who come on campus for other reasons try to find ways to get on campus without having to go past somebody.”

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