Key Procedures and Card Access

At check-in, you will receive your room key (residents of apartments may receive an additional key). Always lock your room and apartment doors when you are not there, even for a short period of time. This helps ensure the safety of our residents and their personal property.

You should carry your Ithaca College ID card, room key (and apartment key) at all times to prevent being locked out.

Students who prop open entrance doors, disable locking mechanisms, or by any means allow non-residents (other than their own guest) access to a residence hall compromise the effectiveness of our security system. Any of these acts will result in conduct action.


The Card Access System controls entry to our Residence Halls 24 hours a day. Exit doors are locked at all times to prevent non-residents from entering, but are never locked from the inside.

To enter your Residence Hall, you need to place your Ithaca College ID Card close to the card reader mounted by the door. If you have access privileges for that building, you will gain immediate entry. If your ID Card doesn't grant you access, contact the Office of Residential Life at (607) 274-3141 during business hours, or the Residence Director (RD)-on-duty after hours.

An alarm will activate if you attempt to gain entry with an invalid card, force or prop a door open, or tamper with components of the system. A "horn" will also sound if an exit door is propped or forced.

Tampering with or vandalizing Card Access equipment is a very serious offense. If you notice damage, or see someone vandalizing the equipment, immediately contact the Office of Public Safety or a Residential Life Staff member.

Moving forward, as building-wide renovations occur that include door and/or door hardware replacement, card readers will be installed on room/apartment doors. Currently, all residence halls and the Garden Apartments have card readers on all entrances. Garden Apartment 29, Circle Apartments 110, 111, 120, 121, 130, 131, 150, and 160 have a card reader on the front door of each apartment.


Residents must escort their guest into the residence hall and are responsible for the guest while they are in the building. You should not provide your ID card to a guest to give them access to a residence hall.

Do You Have Your Keys and ID?

If You Are Locked Out

If your ID Card is lost or stolen, you must immediately contact the ID Office at (607) 274-3007 during business hours or the Office of Public Safety at (607) 274-3333 after business hours.

If your room or apartment key is lost or stolen, you must immediately contact your Area Office, or the RD-on-duty after hours.