Over the course of the past few weeks, Yeshiva University’s security guards have been more persistent in asking to see university identification upon entering the school’s building.
The Yeshiva University Security Department sent an email to University faculty and students addressing the security measures: “In the past week, as we are sure you have noticed, the Yeshiva University Security Team has stepped up security measures around the campuses. This is out of an abundance of caution, not as a result of any particular problems.”
The “stepped up security measures” entail more security personnel by the entrances of the University’s buildings. The additional guards ask to see University identification upon entry. If an individual doesn’t possess the proper identification, they will not be permitted to enter the building. Other new security measures described in the email include “additional patrols for the exterior of our buildings.”
Although the intensified security measures are for the safety of the students, nevertheless, the students themselves are frustrated with them. When asked about the new measures, Izzy Feman, a senior majoring in biology, said: “It’s annoying. Anytime I’m walking to and from classes I have to stop, get my wallet out and then show my idea to security guards. Sometimes it causes me to come late to class.”
Moshe Weiser, a senior majoring in accounting, noted: “Why is this happening now? There was nothing wrong with the old procedures and everyone felt relatively safe.”
Betzalel Rosenwasser, another senior majoring in accounting, said: “At least be consistent about it. Sometimes I am asked for my ID and sometimes I’m not. Then when I walk into a building and don’t show my ID I get yelled at!”
Alas, it is the poor Yeshiva University security guard who is the “fall guy” for all these complaints. Students are constantly getting frustrated with the guards for being troubled to show their ID’s. The guards are just following the orders given to them by their superiors (the phrase “don’t shoot the messenger” is clearly not being used here).
One security guard, who asked not to be identified for this story, said: “I totally hear it can be frustrating, but these guys have to understand we are just doing our jobs here and we are doing to this to protect them and keep them safe.”
Requesting of identification upon entry and increasing security personnel is only the beginning of what seems to be a new chapter in Yeshiva University Security. The email also described new programs the University’s Security Department will be offering: “The Yeshiva University Security Team is now offering a workplace security assessment program and additional active shooter training for all of our students and staff.” Essentially, campus security will come to different departments on campus and after asking some questions and assessing the area and design a customized security protocol to prepare for the unfortunate event of an active shooter.
Ultimately, although the new security measures may be annoying, students must understand that these policies are only being implemented for their protection. As Naftali Ginsburg, a senior in Yeshiva University majoring in accounting commented “I am happy the school’s security is finally being strengthened. It was honestly a joke before.”