Key Control Policy

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It is the policy of Sonoma State University to promote the security of campus personnel and appropriate access to University property. This policy describes the control, usage, and possession of keys to campus facilities. The detailed sections are General Provision, Design of Keying Systems, Fabrication, Responsibility for Issuance, Responsibilities Regarding Lost Keys, Eligibility for Possession, Provision for Contractor Access, and Key and Building Security.

Principles

General Provision

Unauthorized fabrication, duplication, possession, or use of keys to facilities of Sonoma State University is a crime (California Penal Code 469). University keys are State property and may be recovered at any time.

Design

Design of the keying system is the responsibility of Facilities Services. The design will ensure security and reasonable convenience to personnel occupying campus facilities.

Fabrication

Facilities Services fabricates all keys and performs all lock changes for campus facilities, except for work performed by on-site contractors under the direction of Facilities Services. Records of keys to campus facilities, including the names of individuals to whom keys are issued, dates of issue/return/loss will be maintained by the Seawolf Service Center. University keys will not be duplicated, except by Facilities Services.

Responsibility — Issuance

All persons issued University keys shall at all times be held responsible and accountable for said keys. Appropriate administrators may request and delegate the issuance of keys only as necessary and in accordance with the following Key Eligibility Criteria.

Key Eligibility

Eligibility and Authorization
Type of Key Eligibility to Carry Responsibility to Authorize
Full Master Set (access to all campus facilities) President, Vice President for Administration, Provost, Director of University Police, Police Officers, Appropriate Facilities Staff President, Vice President for Administration, Director of University Police, Director of Facilities
Master (access to all locks within a building) Appropriate Facilities Staff, Employees as needed to perform their duties Director of Facilities, Appropriate Administrator
Sub-Master (access to a group of locks within a building) Employees as needed to perform their duties Appropriate Administrator
Change (single lock) Employees and students as needed Appropriate Administrator
Building Entrance Employees and students as needed Appropriate Administrator

Lost Keys

Individuals possessing keys to campus facilities are responsible for them. The University reserves the authority to charge individuals for the cost of key replacement and/or re-keying of locks caused by loss of keys to campus facilities in accordance with a rate schedule approved periodically by the President. All lost keys must be reported immediately to the appropriate department administrator and the University Police.

Contractor Access

Keys needed by contractors or other non-university users must be authorized by Facilities Services. The authorization shall include the individual, firm name, and specific return date. All costs of key recovery or re-keying related to unreturned keys will be the responsibility of the firm to which the keys were issued. The final contractual payment will not be made until keys are cleared.

Key and Building Security

The individual to whom keys are issued is personally responsible for the use of those keys until they are returned to Seawolf Services. Individuals must personally sign for their keys and shall not transfer or loan their keys to another individual. Key holders shall not "prop" doors or leave them unlocked during hours when the facility is normally closed. Key holders shall not unlock buildings or rooms for others unless the individual has a valid, verifiable reason and proper identification for access, or is known by the employee to have legitimate need for access to the room or building. Students are issued keys for a semester at a time only. Student records and registration may be held pending clearance of keys at the end of each semester. Employees may be issued keys for the duration of employment. The employee's final paycheck may be held pending return or clearance of outstanding keys.

Key Issuance Procedures

Employee Keys

Keys may be requested for regularly appointed University and auxiliary employees for the duration of employment.

  1. Complete Faculty and Staff Key Request Form
  2. Obtain appropriate approving signature in accordance with campus Key Policy
  3. Submit completed form to the Seawolf Service Center
  4. Receive and sign for authorized keys

Turn in keys when no longer needed or prior to issuance of final pay warrant. Periodic auditing of issued keys may be requested.

Duplicates of outstanding (un cleared) keys will not be issued.

Student Keys

Keys may be requested for no longer than one semester at a time.

  1. Complete Student Key Request Form
  2. Obtain appropriate approving signature in accordance with campus Key Policy
  3. Submit completed form to the Seawolf Service Center
  4. Receive and sign for authorized keys

Turn in keys when no longer needed or prior to the end of the semester.

Keys may be retained by submitting a completed Student Key Request Form with "Renewal" checked and the semester information updated.

Duplicates of outstanding (un cleared) keys will not be issued.

Un cleared keys may result in administrative hold of student's records and registration

Lost Key Procedures

Reporting

Lost keys should be reported immediately to the the Seawolf Service Center as well as the Department originally authorizing the keys.

  1. Complete Report of Key Loss Form (pdf)
  2. Obtain signature of appropriate Department or School Administrator, indicating if the key is to be re-issued and if a lock change is necessary.

Charges

  • Lost Key charges are as follows:
    • Master Key: $200
    • Submaster Key: $100
    • Single Lock/Building Entrance Key: $25
    • Electronic Card Key which includes multiple masters: $400
    • Electronic Card Key which includes one master: $200
    • Electronic Card Key, 5 or more doors (no masters): $100
    • Electronic Card Key, 1 – 4 doors: $25
  • Lost Key charges will be refunded if keys are found turned in to Seawolf Service Center within 30 days of loss.
  • If the lock must be changed for security reasons, actual costs of re-keying may be charged to the department originally authorizing the keys and/or the individual to whom the keys were issued.

Seawolf Service Forms