Closed Circuit Television Monitoring and Recording of Public Spaces

 

Policy Statement

The Division of Safety may use closed circuit television (CCTV) and recording to monitor public areas to deter crime and to assist in protecting the safety and security of persons and property. The use of television monitoring and recording activities will be restricted to common areas or highly sensitive areas where increased security is needed, in GW-owned, controlled or leased property (where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy). However, CCTV may be used as an investigatory technique under certain circumstances in the private office of a faculty/staff member, with concurrence from the Office of General Counsel (OGC).   

Reason for the Policy 

The purpose of CCTV monitoring and/or recording of public areas is to deter crime and to assist in protecting the safety and security of persons and property in the university community. 

Who is Governed by this Policy 

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty

Policy

The Division of Safety and Security may use CCTV and recording to monitor public areas to deter crime and assist in protecting the safety and security of persons and property. The use of CCTV monitoring and recording activities will be restricted to common areas or highly sensitive areas where increased security is needed, in GW-owned, controlled or leased property (where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy). However, CCTV may be used as an investigatory technique under certain circumstances in the private office of a faculty/staff member, with the concurrence of OGC. CCTV monitoring will assist in property and building protection, alarm confirmation, video patrol of public areas, criminal or administrative investigations, monitoring of access control systems, providing surveillance and additional security for high security spaces on campus, monitoring pedestrian and vehicular traffic activity, and emergency response or emergency preparedness activities. 

Contacts

Contact Phone Number Email Address
GW Police Department 202-994-6110  [email protected]

Responsible University Official: Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security
Responsible Office: Division of Safety and Security 

Last Reviewed: March 15, 2017

 

Non-compliance with this policy can be reported through this website.