Some Preference Panes in System Settings/Preferences contain settings that affect the entire system. Requiring a password to unlock these system-wide settings reduces the risk of a non-authorized user modifying system configurations.
The main spot this could impact end users would be the time zone. For this reason, a policy has been configured in Self Service (available in the Applications folder) to allow for modifying of the time zone without administrative privileges.
If other issues arise within daily computer usage that seem to be an issue, please do not hesitate to put in a request to Tracker@fredonia.edu and it can be reviewed and a potential solution applied to the systems.