How a University Created Its Surveillance Policy

By: Carlton Purvis, Published on Apr 18, 2014

Some are bad, some are good, some are nonexistent, but what considerations go into crafting a surveillance policy? We talked to University Police Chief Peter Carey about how they developed their surveillance policy and why they made the decisions they did.

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Comments (4)

Thanks for posting this. I am a big proponent of such policies, to protected both the rights of viewed and the viewer. As one who primary vertical market is education security, i can tell you that many Higher Eds have such policies. In fact such policies should extend to all security systems, including IDS and access control as well as video. First and formost policies should prohibit "rogue" security systems and ensure that the term "security system" is well defined. Buffalo does this (at least as it relates to video) in their policy.

Check your site link, it seems to have been changed to http://hr.buffalostate.edu/sites/hr.buffalostate.edu/files/uploads/Documents/video.pdf. Also The actual policy is four pages. Maybe it was changed since you last saw it.

Yes, Jim they were talking about doing an update, but they didn't know when they would have it done and live. Thanks for the update.

A site I maintain purposely does not actively monitor the cameras to reduce liability, at least that is how it was explained to me.

That's pretty common, especially in the education world. There was a case several years ago in a major school district where this became an issue. Students were under the impression that security would come to their aid, so they did nothing to defend themselves against as assault.

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