Building Access Policy

Students, Faculty and Staff

Students, faculty and staff seeking entry to our academic buildings (41 Cooper Square and The Foundation Building (7 East 7th Street) must swipe in with a current Cooper Union ID card at the guards’ desk in each building. To swipe in, tap your ID card on the card reader at the desk. If you have forgotten or lost your ID card please follow the visitor policy below.


To enter our academic buildings, visitors must present valid photo identification (driver’s license, DMV issued non-driver id, passport or military identification) to the guard and sign in. The guard will contact the person being visited to confirm the appointment. If the visitor is going to an event, the guard will confirm the details of the event with the visitor. If the visitor is a student, faculty or staff member who does not have a current Cooper Union ID card, the guard will contact the appropriate Deans’ or Director’s office for confirmation that the individual may enter, or to trigger the issuance of a guest pass.

On June 1, 2015, Deans’ and Director’s offices started issuing a new type of guest pass that is uniform across our academic and administrative units. These passes will most often be issued in advance of a planned visit, but may also be issued upon the arrival of an unexpected visitor. The guest pass, when issued by a Deans’ or Director’s office, reads "Void." To use the pass, the visitor will present the pass to a guard at either academic building. The guard will confirm the visitor’s identification and will then place a special white sticker over the word “Void”, activating the pass. The pass will "self-expire" 24 hours later as the word “Void” bleeds through the white sticker.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please contact Buildings and Grounds at extension 160 with any questions or concerns.

Replacement ID cards can be obtained from David Robbins, Director of Housing & Residential Education and Programs, at the Residence Hall, x117.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.