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Policies: Video Surveillance Policy

The Miami University Libraries employ a video surveillance network system to assist in protecting our resources and providing security for our patrons.

The purpose of video monitoring of the Miami University Libraries is to assist in deterring theft or destruction of the Miami University Libraries' materials, as well as the personal property of library clients, and to assist the staff in monitoring unauthorized entry into the Miami University Libraries or unacceptable activity within.

  • Information obtained through video monitoring will be used exclusively for security, disciplinary, Library, and University policy enforcement and/or law enforcement purposes.
  • Security camera screen shots and/or printouts of security camera screen shots may be stored for a period not to exceed thirty days, with the exception of video surveillance system located in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, which may be kept for 6 months. They will then be erased or destroyed by a Miami University Libraries' staff member, unless the materials are retained as part of a criminal investigation or court proceedings (criminal or civil), or other bona fide use as approved by the Dean and University Librarian or her designee.
  • Access to video monitoring footage is limited only to Miami University Libraries' staff as authorized by the Dean and University Librarian or her designee or public safety officers. Video monitoring will be conducted in a professional, ethical and legal manner. System operators will receive a copy of this policy and must provide acknowledgment that they have read and understand its contents.
  • Video monitoring of the Miami University Libraries will be conducted in a manner consistent with all existing university policies including but not limited to those articulated in MUPIM, the University's non-discrimination policy, its sexual harrassment policy, and other relevant policies.

Valuing the tenets articulated in the ALA Library Bill of Rights, this policy should in no way be used to violate the standards of freedom of access t our libraries or library materials as defined in the Bill of Rights.

Adapted in part from the Princeton University "Video Surveillance Policy"
Last Updated: May 2006