The University of Michigan this week began installing door locks in all general-purpose classrooms and class labs in Mason Hall as part of a pilot project to enhance campus safety and emergency preparedness.

The new door locks will help faculty, staff and students facilitate a faster lockdown in the case of an emergency.

The pilot project, led by the Division of Public Safety and Security, will help university leaders understand and explore the scope and overall process of installing classroom door locks campuswide.

“The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is our top priority,” says DPSS Executive Director Eddie L. Washington Jr. “This project is part of our broader efforts to continuously identify technology, enhance alerting and implement training to ensure the safety and security of our community.”

Washington noted that Mason Hall was selected as the pilot in part due to its location near the Central Campus Diag, and shared his appreciation to the leaders of LSA for their participation in the pilot project.

Architecture, Engineering and Construction will partner with DPSS to install the door locks, and anticipates the work will be complete by the end of August.

Classes resume for the fall semester Sept. 3.

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