Spring Hall changes check-in process

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Spring Hall, the newest residence hall on campus at Saint Louis University as of Fall 2016, has brought with it a far more stringent check-in process than all other campus residence halls. “Spring,” as it is known by students, also differs itself from other residence halls in that it includes classrooms. This layer of variation draws in more foot traffic from non-residents, requiring more security.

Veteran desk worker and senior Katherine Vastis described the check-in process at Spring, saying “Anyone living in Spring Hall simply has to scan their ID at the door outside and at the desk, like all other residence halls. Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., I believe all on-campus residents have access to the common areas or “non-residential areas” like classrooms, practice rooms, bathrooms. However, to enter residential areas during this time, anyone not living in Spring needs to be checked in. Anyone with a SLU ID can be checked in using their SLU ID and banner. If you don’t live on campus or aren’t a SLU student, then you need to be checked in using a photo ID such as a driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc.”

Ms. Vastis gave no comment on this check-in process compared to that of other residence halls that she so diligently worked at in the past.

The process of checking into the Griesedieck Complex does have several similarities to the Spring process according to Freshman desk worker, Emily Laird.

Ms. Laird said “At the Gries front desk, the desk workers always have to check in people who don’t attend SLU or SLU students who live off campus.

To check in someone who doesn’t go to SLU, the desk worker needs an ID from that person to record their name, phone number and address.

They must be checked in with a resident of Gries, who also must give their name and the room number they are going to with the guest. Then the desk worker takes a picture of the guest, which remains in the system for use during future visits.

In the case of a minor with no ID, their name would be recorded with the information of the adult they are with and the minor would be included in the photo.”

The difference between the two check-in processes is that “SLU students who live on campus have to be checked into a residence hall that is not their own Monday through Tursday from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. and Friday through Sunday from 7 p.m.- 7 a.m.,” which means non-resident students can go without being checked in for the majority of every day.

In addition to the differences, “When checking in SLU students, the desk worker would just need their name along with the host’s name and room number,” added Ms. Laird. With the heightened security, certain residents have had qualms with the overall process.

Sophomore resident of Spring Anna Hilton had this to say about the check-in process: “I find it to be repetitive having to check in my friends who don’t live in Spring, every single time they come to visit. One check in is necessary enough, and then when they come back their ID should be on file. After being checked in once, I believe swiping their ID should be sufficient enough.”

Even non-residents of Spring have raised their concerns with the process. With the procedure reaching past those that live in Spring, there have been claims that it is contributing to a strain on friendships.

“The check-in process at Spring is a turnoff to visiting the residence hall. I’ve only been there once to visit a friend and haven’t been back. It’s a lot of work and time for both the resident and I to be checked in every single time that I want to visit,” said sophomore Village resident, Andrea Cannito.