Information on safety concerns and the RNC.
Q: Will it be safe for students to be at UT during RNC?
A: Safety will be a top priority. We’re enhancing our campus safety staffing, contracting for additional assistance and preparing for the security of our campus entrances and borders. We will be checking IDs of individuals on campus to ensure they belong. We are working closely with local and law enforcement representatives, and have talked with staff at colleges and universities who were familiar with 2008 RNC Convention in St. Paul, MN, getting their best advice, and have analyzed reports of the St. Paul engagement. These activities are helping us understand the potential impact so that we can plan accordingly for educational, safety, communications and other issues. Finally, we’ll be doing a lot of safety education for the campus community this spring and summer.
Q: Can I invite a friend to visit me in my residence hall during RNC?
A: Normal visitation policies will be in place during RNC. You will be responsible for your visitor at all times, and if they violate UT policies, you violate UT policies. Also, if you get separated from your visitor on campus, he/she may be asked to leave since he/she will not have a Spartan Card as identification.
Q: Is the UT campus within the security perimeter?
A: The U.S. Secret Service sets the security perimeter, and that hasn't been announced.
Q: My 2011-2012 parking tag expires on Aug. 15, and I probably won't be on campus until the first day of school to get a new tag for 2012-2013, which is also the first day of the RNC. Will a student ID be enough to get on campus until I receive a new parking tag?
A: The most important item for campus access is the Spartan ID card. We know that during the RNC some students will be in the process of obtaining their new parking permit, but all can/should have a Spartan ID card. As long as you can present that card, you will be in good shape.
Q: Will all entrances to UT be open?
A: Yes, but they will be staffed by UT Campus Safety. All individuals must have a SpartanCard to be ensured access to the campus.
Q: Will the parking decks be available for UT staff and students? What about the general public?
A: The parking garages will be available for UT staff and student parking as normal. Both parking lots, West and Thomas, will be monitored by UT Campus Safety during the RNC. Even if you have a UT parking pass you will still need to show your valid SpartanCard. If your parking pass has expired you can still access the garage with a valid SpartanCard, during the RNC only.