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If you see a an individual or group who you think does not belong, your role as a resident is not confrontation, but reporting! Call our RA On Call!

Card Access

Who can get into what areas of the building with their ID card?

  • Risley has both community (1st floor), and residential (2nd-6th floors) areas, both protected by card access panels.
  • Card readers track movement with use, and doors are alarmed after being propped for 75 seconds.
  • Only residents and Out-of-House members have card access to the residential area.
  • Our front door is open to the public during Risley Dining hours, 11-2 and 5-7 M-F.

THOSE WITH CARD ACCESS ARE HEAVILY DISCOURAGED FROM ALLOWING "TAILGATERS" INTO THE BUILDING. ALL WHO CAN ENTER THE BUILDING HAVE THEIR OWN ACCESS.

IT IS OKAY TO NOT LET SOMEONE IN WHO IS STANDING AT THE DOOR.

IT IS OKAY TO NOT HOLD THE DOOR BEHIND YOU WHEN ENTERING YOUR OWN RESIDENCE HALL.

Who You'll See and When

Our community hosts a myriad of professional staff at varying times of day! The vast majority of employees will be in uniform, and all have card access to the appropriate spaces.

During the Business Day

  • Facilities Management has full time Building Care professional staff, and on-demand Maintenance staff.
  • Outside laundry and vending staff will also regularly service our machines.
  • Cornell Dining has Risley Dining Staff in the dining areas

    During Evenings and Weekends

  • Residential Programs undergraduate RA's doing rounds
  • Cornell Dining has Risley Dining Staff in the dining areas
  • CUPD will do regular rounds of all residence halls.

Guests and Non-Members

Who is allowed in which parts of the building and when?

During Dining Hours

  • Our front door, 1st floor lounges, and Dining Hall are all open to the public.
  • Our residential areas are only open to residents and OOH's.

Outside of Dining Hours

  • All without any sort of card access to any part of the building must be accompanied AT ALL TIMES as guests by a hosting resident or OOH. Unaccompanied persons will be asked for their ID's, and then escorted from the building.
  • Those who need a bathroom, a place to eat, or somewhere to escape the weather are welcome to go to the Tatkon Center in Balch Hall. Our community is a residence hall, not a public venue.

Key Access

Who can get into your room?

  • Residents each have a unique metal key to access their room.
  • RA On Call has a master key for lockouts or student crises. RA's can only key in with student or RHD permission.
  • Appel Community Center has unique, temporary replacement keys.
  • CUPD, EHS, and Facilities Staff all have master keys for proper use. Professional staff will always knock loudly and announce their intentions.

RESIDENTS ARE HEAVILY ENCOURAGED TO ALWAYS LOCK THEIR DOORS WHEN OUT, REGARDLESS OF HOW FAR THEY'RE GOING OR HOW LONG THEY'LL BE OUT.