Electronic Door Lock Access

How to: Use Your Card • Request Lock Access

A Torero ID Card can be encoded to provide lock access. Campus Card is responsible for the encoding of cards for academic and non-residential electronic door access. There are two main types of campus locks: Onity and Salto.

How to Use Your ID Card

New Card Holders with SALTO Access

  • Unlock a Door
    • Standard access: hold your Torero ID Card against the SALTO reader, then wait for the green light to flash to unlock the door.
    • Pin pad access: if SALTO lock has a “pin” pad hold your Torero ID Card to the SALTO reader, then enter your 4-digit pin.
      • The default pin is your birth month and day. For example, a birthday of July 24th would be 0724. If you wish to change your default pin please contact campuscard@sandiego.edu.
  • Set Office Mode
    • If you want to keep a door unlocked, or locked, outside of the typical scheduled time, follow the instructions below. You may also watch this Office Mode video. Note: your card must be pre-set by Campus Card with Office Mode.
      • To set Office Mode and keep the door unlocked: hold the card against the reader (light will flash blue and then green). Continue to hold the card in contact with the reader for 2-3 seconds. Light will then flash green 4 times. Office mode is now set and the door will remain unlocked.
      • To end Office Mode, hold the card against the reader (light will flash blue-green-green). Continue to hold the card in contact with the reader for 2-3 seconds. Light will flash green then red. Office mode is now ended. Door is now locked, but accessible with an authorized card.
    • Door will remain locked, or unlocked, until another cardholder with Office privileges disables the Office mode, OR until a previously set Time Schedule changes the lock status.

Card Holders with Previous Salto Access

Summer 2020: Your “NEW” updated Torero ID card will need to be activated in the Campus Card Office. Your current card in your possession will continue to work on SALTO and ONITY locks until you transfer your access to your new Torero Card.

To help promote campus physical distancing due to COVID19, please email or call the Card office in advance to quest an appointment.

Request ONITY and/or Salto Access

Onity Locks

Onity Locks are activated by the card's magnetic stripe when the card is inserted into the lock slot.

Step 1: If you need access to an Onity door, begin by requesting approval from your Building Supervisor or Department Head. Once they have authorized the request and passed the information along to our office, we can encode your ID card with proper access. To find out about the locks available to purchase, contact Facilities Management: Zach Knipe, Director of Planning, Design & Construction zknipe@sandiego.edu, or (619) 260-7520.

Step 2: If purchase of Onity locks is approved, fill out the Onity Programming Request form and email to campuscard@sandiego.edu.

Step 3: Follow the steps on the Lock Access Request Form.


Salto Locks are activated by the card's embedded chip when the card is tapped on the lock.

Step 1. Gather the following info needed to set up a new Salto Reader (Access Point):

  • Door location (from TMA Floor Plan)
  • Description of door (ex. "Exterior entry door from Hall 102 to Office 144")
  • Type of reader (ex. Wired online, Wireless online, Offline, Padlock, X4 Mini, etc.)
  • Email all information to campuscard@sandiego.edu

Step 2. Follow the steps on the Lock Access Request Form.

Additional Salto Information

  • Once the Access Point is named and its location and function are added to Salto, Campus Card can locate it to complete programming, such as adding the new reader to User Access Levels, Zones, Partitions, etc. and creating Access Point Time Periods and coordinating the Time Periods to Calendars.
  • User Access Levels and Zones are two ways we group Access Points.
  • Partitions are how we assign Operator access, as opposed to User (cardholder) access to readers. Operators run Salto software in various roles.
  • Access Point Time Periods are where the locking/opening schedules are assigned for an Access Point
  • Besides Zones, User Access Levels and Partitions, Access Points are also assigned to a Lockdown Area so that Public Safety can control the Access Points in an emergency.

Lock Issues

If you are experiencing trouble using the Onity door locks, please see if your problem is addressed here: Housing's Guide to Onity Locks

Lock Access Request Forms

Campus Card will contact you once templates have been made and access is ready to be granted.

In the event that an employee (that has Onity or Salto locking privileges) leaves the University you must immediately notify Campus Card and send the card to the Campus Card Office – please do not destroy the card. Contact: Therese Thiessen, Manager, Campus Card thiessen@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-5999.