Below is a quick table of contents regarding access information located at various places on the CED website:
- Access policies + Delegations (this page)
- Card key access to building and rooms
General Access Policies
Access to CED doors is via keys, key-code mechanisms, local card readers, and general card readers. Per the Police Access Policy, “access to specific doors by individuals, is determined by the Department Access Key Controller” which at CED is either the Building Manager (physical keys, door codes, or local card readers) or the Student Technology Center Manager (general card readers).
The Campus Access Control Policy states that policies are “in place to ensure that people requesting keys actually are authorized to get them.” Essentially, the Police have assigned the Departments (or in this case the Building Manager and Student Technology Center Manager) with the authority to verify the appropriateness of users given access. Thus, access permission is given only to verified campus members who have a legitimate reason to access the building, rooms and its facilities. After-hour access to Wurster is limited to those individuals who are taking/teaching a class in the building; identified as CED faculty, students or staff; have purchased access to certain facilities that are open late (Computer Labs, Fabrication Shop, or Digital Fabrication Lab); or have been assigned space in the building.
The Campus policy states that all University personnel are required to “sign a Key Issuance Record or Cardkey Application form.” Thus, in all cases, individuals requesting access are required to fill out an access form and personally give them to the Building Manager or staff in the Student Technology Center; these forms cannot be emailed or slipped under the door, and you cannot have another person drop off your form.
Using keys for access via any mechanical device to operate a mechanically controlled mechanism for entry/exit to a controlled area is controlled by the Police Department in conjunction with the local CED Building Manager; but specifically, keys to departmental space are delegated to the Department Manaagers to control.
Key access allows faculty, students, or staff the ability to unlock mainly interior office doors are are only issued to those people who are assigned space in that particular room or area. Keys are ordered from the Departmental Manager, and must be done in person in order for the key recipient to sign the key authorization form. Examples of this type of access are many individual faculty and graduate student offices.
Using codes to access via any specialized security lock for special areas which utilize a manual/mechanical or electrical push-button or combination lock is controlled by the Police Department in conjunction with the local CED Building Manager. However, the Police have announced that new locks are no longer allowed to be code locks, they must be either physical metal keys or card reader locks.
Those that remain in Wurster, upon failure will be replaced with the allowed mechanisms. This type of access allows faculty, students, or staff the ability to unlock certain doors, mainly shared areas, and the codes change annually. Examples of this type of access are the departmental offices.
Local Card Readers
A Local Card Reader is a card access control system operated by the Police Department in conjunction with the local CED Building Manager. This type of system replaces mechanical key access, and allows faculty, students, or staff the ability to use their Cal1 Cards to unlock certain doors, provided the Building Manager programs the locking mechanism to recognize the user’s cards. Examples of this type of access are 412 and the PhD room on the fourth floor north.
General Card Readers
A General Card Reader is a campus-wide computerized card access control system operated by the Police Department in conjunction with the Cal1 Card Office and local departments. This type of system allows faculty, students, or staff the ability to use their Cal1 Cards to unlock certain doors. Examples of this type of access are the building entry, Computer Labs, Digital Fabrication Lab, and the studio floors. For access, all faculty, students, and staff must come in person to 477 and fill out and sign the Access Form; Campus ID will be required.
Since access is via Cal1 Card, and there are Campus policies regarding the Card's use, please note that the use of the Cal 1 Card by ANYONE other than the person identified on the ID, as well as tampering or alteration on the ID, will warrant confiscation and possible disciplinary action by the University.
There are always issues with access, and vary with which system is being used. The majority of use in Wurster is the General Card Readers so the focus on known issues for that system are outlined below:
- Since UC Berkeley as a whole uses the same General Card Reader access system, there are times when others on campus may accidentally overwrite your CED permissions; to correct please come to 477 and access will be re-instated.
- Actual activation may take from an hour to up to three working days to process given that there are different systems that need to be properly in synch for the permissions to function.
- The “behind the scenes” process is not fast, so waiting until the last minute to request access will not be helpful. The processing of requests is “first come, first served.”