Access and Security

Residence Hall Access

The JBU ID card is used for a variety of services, including the dining hall, health complex, library, chapel attendance as well as gain entrance to the external doors of many of the residence halls. This is part of a new safety and security system that was activated in the spring 2009.

To enter a residence hall, simply pass the ID in front of the card reader (small black boxes mounted by the exterior entrances) to unlock the door. When the card is successfully read, the red light on top of the card reader will turn green and the door will unlock.

To leave the residence hall, sensors at the door will allow you to exit the building as normal. If, for some reason, the door does not unlock automatically when exiting, press the green exit button located next to the door.

Your room key is used to open your internal room, but is not used to open the external door to the residence hall. The external entrances will be locked at all times when the system is activated. It will be necessary to keep your ID with you whenever you leave the residence hall to be able to gain entrance.

Residents of each building will have 24-hour access with their ID card. Other undergraduate students (who are not residents of that building), faculty and staff may use their ID cards to enter the building during visitation and lobby hours (see below). 

Lobby Hours

Daily from 10 a.m. to midnight
The main door of each residence hall will be accessible to all undergraduate students, faculty and staff.

Visitation Hours

All doors will be accessible to all undergraduate students, faculty and staff.

7– 10 p.m.

7– 10 p.m.

7– 10 p.m.

7– 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
 7 p.m. to midnight.

Hutcheson Hall

J. Alvin Brown Hall

Walker Residence Hall


All Dorms

ID Card Care

  • Do not crimp, bend or twist card.
  • Do not leave in direct sunlight, i.e. on the dash of a car.
  • Do not expose to extreme heat or flame, like dryers or iron.
  • Do not expose to organic solvents, thinners, mineral spirits, etc.
  • Do not machine wash.
  • Do not immerse in alcohol, Isopropyl, ethanol, methyl, etc.
  • Do not punch a slot or hole.
  • Do not use as an ice scraper or scraping tool.
  • Do not re-laminate.
  • Do not bite.
  • Do not pound with a pen or tool.
  • Do not use for any other purpose other than for access control or identification.

Due to the sensitive electronics within the card, DO NOT PUNCH HOLES ANYWHERE IN THE CARD. This could damage the chip and/or internal antenna and disable the card. If a card is damaged or lost, the replacement fee is $20.

New or Replace ID Card

Due to calls for service, campus safety officers are in and out of the office, so it’s best to make an appointment, that way you don’t show up and there is no one in the office to assist you. Email to schedule an appointment. For your initial card, you will need your JBU ID number IN WRITING. We will not make a first card if you are only able to give us your ID number verbally.

For replacement cards, you do not need your ID number because they can be looked up by name. If you want to keep the same picture, we can print a new card and send it to you via the campus post office. If you want a new picture, you’ll have to make an appointment to go to the campus safety office to sit for the new photo. For students, the replacement fee is $20 which is posted to your account. Questions about the JBU ID card may be directed to Campus Safety or Residence Life.

Security of Facilities

Interior and exterior doors of campus buildings are locked each evening by security officers. Faulty locks or other security deficiencies are reported daily by Campus Safety officers to the Facilities Services staff for repair or replacement.

Residence Life Assistants are on duty in residence halls to monitor access to buildings and to provide assistance to the students during evening hours (7 p.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends). Residence Night Watch persons, who work in conjunction with Campus Safety staff, are on duty from midnight until 6 a.m., 7 days a week. The Night Watch persons are responsible to ensure that only residents and their authorized guests are allowed in the residence halls after hours.

Exterior doors to the residence halls are locked at midnight Sunday through Thursday and at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Only the main entrance to each hall can be used at these times. Campus Safety officers regularly patrol the campus and check exterior and interior doors and grounds several times each evening to ensure the security of the residence halls and other campus facilities.

Exterior lighting is an important part of the University's commitment to safety and security. Parking lots, walkways, and building exteriors are well lighted. Formal surveys of exterior lighting on campus are conducted by Campus Safety officers on a routine basis and reported to the Facilities Services director for repair or replacement. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any exterior lighting problems, safety, security or maintenance concerns to the Facilities Services Department, extension 7261 (or 479-524-7261).