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New classroom door locks enhance safety on campus

Published: Friday, January 24, 2020

OSU-Tulsa's classroom doors received a safety upgrade over the winter holiday break with new hardware that makes it easier to lock and unlock the doors from inside. The new bolts twist counter-clockwise to engage, and the doors can be opened from within by turning the door handle.

These new locks replace the previous locking system, which was activated by pushing a button on the inside of the door while it was open. The more simple and recognizable design enables classroom occupants to lock the door while it is closed, then open with one movement from the inside.

How to lock OSU-Tulsa's upgraded classroom door hardware

“The safety of everyone on our campus is paramount,” said Ron Bussert, OSU-Tulsa vice president for administration and finance. “With this new door hardware, students and faculty can easily lock their classroom door in the event of an emergency where such an action is required.”

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to opt in to OSU's Cowboy Alert (RAVE) system to receive text, email or phone notifications for on-campus emergencies. Those who travel between multiple campuses should visit their OKEY profile and opt in to receiving emergency notifications for every campus they visit.

OSU-Tulsa Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact them at 918-594-8123.

Classroom door with new lock

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