|Definition:||It is the policy of California State University San Marcos to use video cameras as one method of deterring, detecting and investigating crime on campus. The primary intent of video camera use is to discourage theft and criminal activity and to enhance the likelihood of apprehending and successfully prosecuting offenders.|
|Authority:||Authority of the University President.|
|Scope:||This policy and related procedure applies to video cameras used for the protection of persons and property owned or leased by California State University San Marcos. Other fixed cameras installed for purposes including but not limited to the purposes of TV broadcasts, websites and other promotional uses, individual web cams used for personal use, cameras used for research, observation or other academic purpose, or temporary cameras used as part of an ongoing criminal investigation are not subject to this policy.|
|Responsible Division:||Finance & Administrative Services|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Use of Surveillance and Security Cameras to Deter and Investigate Crime on University Property Policy|
Correction made to policy on 10/11/11: Recorded data is only stored for 10 days.
This procedure sets out the framework with which Cal State San Marcos will use video cameras and recorded images to detect, deter, and investigate crime on campus. This policy applies only to cameras installed for the sole purpose of crime detection, investigation and deterrence by the University Police.
The use of surveillance video cameras and recordings is part of an integrated security approach that includes a number of strategies, including physical presence of law enforcement, access controls and alarms. Surveillance and security cameras may be used in circumstances where campus personnel demonstrate that cameras will support crime prevention and/or aid in the apprehension of offenders.
III. RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY
A) Chief of Police:
B) Instructional and Information Technology Services
C) Facilities Services:
D) Planning Design and Construction (PDC):
B. Cameras and recordings
V. PROCESS TO REQUEST AND IMPLEMENT A CAMERA SYSTEM
A) To request installation of a new surveillance and security camera system:
B) After the form has been reviewed and initially approved by the Chief of Police, the form will be forwarded to IITS for cost estimates and IITS approval.
C) The form should then be forwarded to Facilities Services for installation cost estimates and Facilities Services Approval.
D) The form then should be returned to the University Police for final approval and a copy should be returned to the applicant.
E) A copy of the approved form should be provided to the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services for purposes of informing the President’s Executive Council of the approval and installation.
F) It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit work requests to Facilities Services and IITS for installation upon final approval by the University Police.
G) If an application is rejected at any step in the process, the form will be returned to the University Police and then returned to the original applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to then resubmit a new application with corrections as required by the rejecting organization.