U.S. News & World Report: “The University of California Libraries lockdown is a serious matter that should be handled with urgency.
But it also has the potential to be a very big opportunity.
With more than half the state’s students at the university by 2020, the need for more access to the library is greater than ever.”—Cody Linder, The Orange County Register article The University of Central Florida has been locked down since December 5, and some students have been allowed to access their books and research.
The university says there is a one-hour window from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., but it will reopen at 7 p.o.m Tuesday.
A staff member at the library said students will need to call the campus emergency number for instructions.
Students are also being told to call in with their personal information if they plan to use their phones.
The library has also banned the use of any electronic devices and it will require all staff to wear helmets when working.
The UCC says it will be working with law enforcement to try to restore normal operations.
UCC spokesman David Rocha said in a statement that “all faculty and staff are being encouraged to return to their normal duties.”
Students and faculty members have also been told to return home as the school has no plan to reopen until next week.
The lockdown has been described as a “first step” in trying to deal with the growing crisis.
The University at Buffalo is locked down as well.
The school’s board of trustees said Tuesday that it is not sure when it will resume classes.
The board has been asked to make an announcement on Wednesday about when classes will resume, but it has not responded.
The city of Rochester, New York, has been dealing with a similar situation.
The American Cancer Society of Rochester says its city is being closed to the public because of the lockdown.
The shelter is being held for students with special needs.