By: Justin Worthing~Staff Writer~
After making a controversial change to usage policy, the university has begun restricting access to the basketball courts near Buenger Hall. Effective April 1, only those with an ALL Card or a visitor’s key card from O’Connor Sports Center can access the courts.
Construction of the fence began in mid-2013 as a response to concerns about the courts’ safety. More than 60 crimes have been reported near the courts since they were constructed in 2010, 47 of which were crimes of opportunity.
The university’s decision has been met with mixed reactions from the Xavier community. In November, approximately 30 students staged a silent protest of the fence’s construction.
Students involved in the protest questioned the message the fence would send to neighboring communities given the courts’ popularity amongst local community members.
Community members interested in accessing the courts need to bring a photo ID with them to O’Connor, where they will receive a key card. They will receive their ID again when they return the key card.
The courts are only available to community members during O’Connor’s normal operating hours, which are from 5:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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