Propping open doors becomes dorm safety hazard

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    Many students were taught at an early age to hold the door open for other people, but now they are being told a different message: proceed with caution.

    “You’re kind of just taught as kids to open the door for someone,” Ryan Dupriest, a first-year biology major, said. “Now we’re in a community where you have to swipe a card to get in. I guess it’s kind of different now.”

    Letting someone in to a residence hall who does not live there could result in property damage or theft, Craig Allen, director of housing and residence life, said.

    According to TCU Police crime logs, 39 property crimes have been reported in residence halls since the beginning of 2013.

    “We’re kind of trying to un-program students to say, it’s nice to hold the door as long as you know they live there,” Allen said. “But if they don’t, then you don’t need to hold the door for someone.”

    Dupriest said he was trying to be friendly by allowing others to come in the dorm behind him.

    “It’s common courtesy,” he said. “When I see someone walking up, I don’t want to make them swipe their card again, and I just kind of hold it open.”

    Allen said students should be aware of their surroundings and report anyone who looks suspicious.

    “If you’re aware of your surroundings and there’s somebody trying to follow you in and you kind of have a feeling that they shouldn’t be in, then don’t hold the door for them,” he said.

    According to the Student Well Being Policies and Procedures, students must use their ID cards to enter their residence hall, and propping the doors open can result in disciplinary action.

    Even with these rules in place, Dupriest said it wouldn’t put a damper on his southern hospitality.

    “I guess I’ll hold the door open for everyone,” he said. “This is Texas right?”