University of Iowa

Key & Access Services to join UI Department of Public Safety

In an effort to enhance campus safety efforts, Facilities Management Key & Access Services will become a part of the Department of Public Safety on July 1, 2018. 

“Integrating DPS and Key & Access Services presents a unique opportunity to leverage the exceptional talent in both departments to create a more integrated and efficient security operation for the entire campus,” says Scott Beckner, assistant vice president and director for the UI Department of Public Safety. 

Key and Access Services plays an integral part in the campus response to emergencies that may require the securing of facilities in response to a major event on campus in coordination with a response from UI Police and other first responders. These core functions are being brought together to better engineer a response under the university’s Emergency Management goals.

 “Though facilities organizations like UI Facilities Management were originally tasked with managing door and access systems, the decision of who should have access to buildings on campus and when that access should be granted or revoked belongs in a department focused on campus safety and security,“ says Lynne Finn, director of Business & Financial Services, Facilities Management.

Both departments are dedicated to achieving a seamless transition with no gap in continuity of operations. This merger is not a cost savings or budget reduction initiative, and there are no plans to reduce staff in either department.

A transition plan is under development and administrators do not anticipate changing services provided by either group. If any process changes are suggested, campus stakeholders will be informed and involved.