Closed Circuit Television Monitoring and Recording of Public Spaces

 

Policy Summary

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).  

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

202-994-6111 (Emergency)

202-994-6110 (Non-Emergency)

[email protected]

 

Responsible University Official: Chief of Police
Responsible Office: GW Police Department

Last Reviewed: June 13, 2018

 

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