Security Cameras in Residential Facilities
While considering individuals’ reasonable expectations of personal privacy, the Department of Student Housing has employed video surveillance cameras to enhance the safety and security of students, employees, and property. The primary intent of these video surveillance cameras is to enhance safety and security while discouraging the occurrence of behavior that violates laws or policies as well as securing evidence that enhances the likelihood of identifying offenders through post-incident investigations of crimes. Viewing of video surveillance camera footage (either live video footage or recordings) will be conducted only by authorized personnel.
Video surveillance cameras will be used in accordance with university policy. Permanent signage alerting students, employees, and visitors that cameras are in use (but not monitored) is posted in each building. Installation will not reduce staffing levels or supervision for the facility.
Facts about Security Camera Installation
- Cameras are only placed in common areas. (Cameras will NOT be placed in areas where there is an expectation of privacy, such as bathrooms or resident rooms. For more info, see the UM policy: https://secure4.olemiss.edu/umpolicyopen/ShowDetails.jsp?istatPara=1&policyObjidPara=10918195.)
- All camera access points have to be approved by our University Police Department.
- Cameras are motion-activated and therefore only record when there is activity.
- If the Department of Student Housing determines that video footage needs to be reviewed, it will only be reviewed by individuals with a legitimate need to do so.