Mar

10

WTF Columbia: Ving Theft Edition

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Bwog recommends sticking it to the man
Bwog recommends sticking it to the man

Bwog recommends sticking it to the man

Columbia has fucked us all over at some point. The saga continues.

This morning several occupants of a John Jay floor had something rather unfortunate and very annoying occur: Columbia nabbed all of the Ving cards that had been left in residents’ doors. A couple of folks got locked out of their rooms while others were late for lunch meetings and had to delay long-overdue showers.

For those of you who haven’t been here long or haven’t lived in John Jay or McBain, Ving cards are these weirdly long plastic cards with holes in them, about the thickness of a Starbucks card, that are used as keys to enter rooms. It is perhaps a habit of both laziness and convenience that students can leave their Ving cards in their doors and have it accessible to visitors and in a place where they won’t forget it.

Apparently, however, students are unsafe with their doors open, as per the housing policy that requires students to keep their doors locked “when they exit.” Residents are so unsafe, in fact, that Facilities took their keys “for their own good.” One student reports hearing this from the desk dude at Hartley Hospitality as he “begrudgingly” requested his key from him. When asked why students weren’t warned or told where their keys were, the desk dude simply said, “that’s how it would be if someone took your key!” One student tells Bwog that had it not been for the fact that his neighbor had also lost his key, “we would have had no idea what had happened.” Notably, students hadn’t exited their rooms per the updated requirement; at least some were still sleeping there.

Now, we’re not saying that it’s necessarily the most responsible thing to leave your key in your door, but we imagine that it was not so fun being taught a lesson the way Facilities attempted to do with this group of first-years. WTF Columbia for not thinking that saying something to them would have been enough, and WTF Columbia for making this such a thing when access to the dorms is already tightly regulated by security guards.

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20 Comments

  1. Anonymous  

    I have a feeling that this new closed-door policy has something to do with the Hartley desk making plans for charging people five bucks for an emergency room key.

  2. Anonymous  

    Columbia does a lot of things "for your own good". One thing that you might not know, for instance, is that if you call Columbia in need of help, they are obligated (by their own set of backward internal policies) to document and report the call to the Office of Judicial Affairs should anything of interest arise. For example, if you got in trouble of some sort, and called for help, any policy violations which you might mention in the call will be brought up with the OJA and they will bring you in to a Dean's Discipline Hearing. And they of course, will tell you that it's "for your own good."

    Columbia has an interesting spin on the definition of a student's well-being.

  3. Anonymous

    Can't you just deadbolt the doors?

  4. so annoying  

    my friend lives in a townhouse at cornell that's 100% open to the outside, doesn't keep her door locked, and no one gives af.

  5. seriously, children?  

    Why is bwog posting so many stupid, whiny articles like this lately? People were being idiots and blatantly undermining housing policy by leaving the key to where they live outside their rooms. Result: Housing enforced their policy by collecting the keys that had been left unattended.

    It's so incredibly juvenile and hysterical that anyone finds what happened unreasonable.

    • Anonymous  

      Spy from housing y/n

    • juvenile?

      apparently you missed the part where these people WERE NOT VIOLATING HOUSING POLICY.

      • Wrong

        Here is the policy:
        http://housing.columbia.edu/policies/keys-and-locks

        Residents are not permitted to lend anyone their room key. For more information about obtaining a guest pass, please visit Guest Passes.

        Residents may not borrow keys from each other, nor are residents permitted to lend anyone their room key.

        The duplication of keys by anyone other than University-authorized personnel is prohibited.

        The creation and/or use of "dummy keys" for the purpose of entering a residence hall room or suite is prohibited.

        The use of a room key by anyone other than the person assigned to the suite or room for which the key is being used is prohibited. Please note: this does not prohibit University-authorized personnel from accessing rooms in conjunction with the performance of their duties.

        In order to maintain an appropriate level of personal and community security, residents should carry suite and room keys with them at all times, and should not leave them in room and suite door locks or other locations outside of their residence hall room or suite for the purpose of gaining entry.

    • jaded alum

      i agree with you. Seriously, what's wrong with the students these days? Who in the WORLD leaves their house with their key sticking out of their door? Come on, guys.

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