The following university policies are the principle policies governing the purchase and operation of surveillance cameras by university affiliates, not withstanding compliance with applicable state and federal laws regarding video surveillance.
- University Policy 5617 (111KB | PDF):
Safety and Security Camera Acceptable Use Policy
- University Policy 7000 (44KB | PDF):
Acceptable Use and Administration of Computer and Communication Systems
- University Policy 7105 (80KB | PDF):
Policy for Protecting University Information in Digital Form
Purchasing Surveillance Equipment
When purchasing surveillance equipment, individual colleges, departments, programs, or organizations may want to ensure compatibility with the planned university centralized surveillance system. To that end, Communications Network Services (CNS) has provided a job aid, linked below, offering advice on purchasing surveillance systems that are likely to be compatible with the future enterprise-wide system. This job aid is intended to protect departmental investments by providing an interim solution to surveillance, while being mindful of the Safety and Security AUP.
University Policy 5617: Key Points
Surveillance Authorization Process
The use of any surveillance cameras requires prior authorization by the Surveillance Oversight Committee (SOC). Authorization for the procurement and use of said cameras may be obtained by written application to the appropriate dean or vice president. If approved, the application will be forwarded to the Chief of Police for review. The application will then be submitted to the SOC for final review. For a complete listing of the application process, see University Policy 5617.3.
Exceptions to Authorization Process
Surveillance equipment used for research purposes is governed by the Institutional Review Board, and is excluded from University Policy 5617. Recordings of public performances and general use Webcams are also exempt.
With the exeption of surveillance for law enforcement purposes, surveillance in the following locations is prohibited:
- Student dormitory rooms in the residence halls
- Locker rooms
- Classrooms not used as a lab
Release of Recordings
Requests for the review or release of surveillance recordings to university affiliates should be directed to the Chief of Police. All other requests, including Freedom of Information Act petitions, should be directed to University Relations.
Retention of Recordings
Surveillance records shall not be stored by individual departments. All surveillance records shall be stored in a secure university centralized location for a period of 30 days.
- Note: The university centralized surveillance system is currently under development. See above section on "Purchasing Surveillance Equipment" for interim solutions, pending completion of the system.