New Building Access Control (BACS) System Operations Manual

Posted on: November 12, 2015


Earlier this semester, the Strategic IT Accountability Board (SITAB) endorsed the Building Access Control System (BACS) Operations Manual and attendant changes. The campus-wide operations manual codifies how BACS works and how the University manages and supports the physical security systems which are essential for the safety of students, faculty and staff. A task force, chaired by Bob Harkins, Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security, produced the manual that addresses how the University will manage building security now and in the future.

The new BACS Operation Manual defines governance, roles, responsibilities, funding, minimum standards and requirements for all University building access control and security systems. Here are some highlights.

  • The Business Services Committee and the Campus Safety and Security Committee will provide governance for implementation of the new operations manual
  • Security for external doors will be Common Good funded; units requesting internal BACS support will pay a fee for the service
  • A policy and appeals committee will be formed to resolve individual cases
  • To ensure proper usage, false alarm fees are being established
  • Panic buttons will continue to be available. Bob Harkins and others are examining what impact the new Campus Carry law may have on panic button deployment. And other technology options are being explored

The catalyst for these changes was the removal of telephone subsidies which funded BACS during the Voice over Internet Protocol deployment. Many thanks to all who worked on the task force to create the BACS Operations Manual. Here is a link:

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