The same situation happened years ago when I was a grad student. A
man was found to be lurking in the women's bathrooms right across
from my lab.
Within a week, the university had installed a lock with a punch code on the
bathroom. All the grad students and faculty knew the 4 numbers to
push in order to open the door. This probably was an effective way
to keep casual visitors from gaining access to the bathroom.
I have worked late in various lab buildings over the years. There is
always an issue of safety and I have never seen it
completely solved in any building or parking lot. Unfortunately, the problems are
usually ignored until something horrible happens (like installing a lock on
Given the nature of experimental science
and the pressure to produce, I will probably always be working late in empty
buildings. The issue of safety is often in the back of my mind.
Other women on my campus feel the same. However, I have no easy solutions,
even for my own office/lab environment.
Carol Auer Email: cauer at canr1.cag.uconn.edu
Dept. of Plant Science Phone: 860-486-1878
Univ. of Connecticut
Storrs, CT USA 06269