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Feb 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is shortening the number of hours the public can access seven buildings.

The pilot project started Monday on the university's West Bank campus and is being done in response to last semester's spike in robberies.

The buildings generally used to be open to the public about 15 to 16 hours a day, including weekends.

But university spokesman Tim Busse says access will now be eight to 12 hours a day. And many of the buildings will be closed to the public on all or part of the weekend, as well as on holidays.

Students and employees will have more access than the public. During the most restricted hours, only those people with special permission can enter buildings.

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