The purpose of this policy is to regulate the use of electronic surveillance at Valley City State University. For purposes of this policy, electronic surveillance is defined as observing or listening to persons, places, or activities in an unobtrusive manner with the aid of electronic devices such as video cameras, microphones, digital video recorders or network scanning systems.
This policy applies to all students and employees, as well as, personnel of affiliated organizations conducting business on the properties owned or controlled by Valley City State University (hereafter VCSU).
A. Purposes of Electronic Surveillance
1. The use of electronic surveillance at VCSU is limited to the following purposes:
2. Using electronic surveillance for purposes not listed above undermines the purpose of these resources and is therefore prohibited.
3. Exceptions and Clarifications:
B. Deployment of Electronic Surveillance Systems
1. Authorization to purchase, install and operate an electronic surveillance system shall be obtained from the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), the Director of Facility Services, and the Chief Information Officer.
2. The deployment of electronic surveillance is limited to locations that do not violate the reasonable expectations of privacy. Electronic surveillance shall not be implemented in situations where confidential or sensitive information is likely to be recorded and distinguishable. Electronic surveillance shall not be installed inside individual resident hall rooms, individual offices, locker rooms or lavatories; however, doors to these locations may be covered by electronic surveillance.
3. VCSU will place signs at public entrances to buildings and at multiple outdoor locations indicating the use of electronic surveillance on or within the premises.
C. Administration of Live Feeds and Recorded Data
1. Access to the electronic surveillance live feeds and recorded data shall be highly selective. Typically access shall be limited to the VPSA, Campus IT Security Officer, Facilities Services Director, and the Chief Information Officer. The VPSA may authorize additional individuals to have access; however that access will typically be limited to specific locations or purposes. Personnel seeking access shall have an agreement titled, "Permission to Access Electronic Surveillance Data" signed by both the individual and the VPSA on file in the VPSA Office. The Campus IT Security Officer will enable/disable access as directed by the VPSA and provide training in the use of the system.
2. Requests to access recorded data by law enforcement officials and others without direct access to the surveillance system shall be submitted to the VPSA in writing and must include a basis for the request. Any permission granted to system recordings shall be provided by the VPSA in writing. The VPSA permission shall specify the limitations to the access.
3. No attempt shall ever be made to alter any recording; editing or otherwise altering recorded data, except to enhance quality or to blur images for investigative purposes is prohibited.
4. Recordings not related to or used for an investigation will be kept strictly confidential and destroyed within (15) days. Data retained for investigations or proceedings will be preserved for three years by the Campus IT Security Officer, unless law enforcement officials or the VPSA recommends a longer retention for a specified segment of data.
D. Reporting Violations Associated with this Policy and Electronic Surveillance Systems
1. Suspected or known violations of this policy should be reported to the VPSA. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and may also result in criminal prosecution.
2. Any person that tampers with or damages any part of the electronic surveillance system may be subject to prosecution under university policy and under state law. Suspected or known violations should be reported to the VPSA.
Sponsor: Chief Information Officer
Effective: June 2012