“I’ve always seen the gates, but never knew what was up there,” said Crystal Johnson, senior in English said.
The continuation of the stair sets on both east and west sides of Haley Center are blocked off from student access.
While each set of gates has its own entrance via a small steel iron door, the doors are locked and can only be opened by the facilities department.
Some students believed that public access to the areas was once an option and was used as a “hang out” area for students.
Lloyd Albert, interim director of maintenance, believes that students were never allowed free access to the areas.
“It’s a single ply membrane,” Albert said. “It’s not a service roof that you can walk on.”
Albert said in his 25 years of working for Auburn facilities, he has always recalled there being a lock on the doors.
“There used to be a roof that you could possibly walk on,” Albert said, “but not anymore.”
With such a thin roof, Albert said it would not be safe for numerous students to be on there at the same time.
Doors located on the fourth floor of Haley allow access to the roof, but are always locked to prevent faculty and students from venturing out onto the roof.
An edition of The Auburn Plainsman dated Thursday, Jan. 13, 1977, features a photo of students rappelling from the 3000 quadrant of the Haley Center.
According to the caption, the Army-ROTC department sponsored rappelling clinics where students were invited to take the plunge off the quadrants.
Yancy Bush, Cadette Major and S3 operations officer, said all rappelling activities have been redirected to either the small 40-foot tower located by the facilities complex or the 64-foot tower at the Warrior Training Center in Fort Benning, Ga.
“We don’t do any rappelling on campus buildings now, that’s for sure.” Bush said. “I’ve looked at the stadium multiple times and thought about preface rappelling it.”