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Clemson University is obligated to provide a safety conscious and enriched environment for its faculty, staff, students and those visiting the campus at all times. The use of video surveillance technology allows the public safety department to assess trends and foresee problems to increase their response time, to cover a larger portion of the campus and better utilize resources. At the same time, there is a need to systematically protect the privacy of the members of the campus community when using video surveillance technology. A unified approach regarding where, when and what types of video surveillance are deployed, along with a proactive approach concerning how the system is to be used and by whom, will promote effective use of this technology at the university. Advances in technology coupled with the lower cost of ownership have prompted many departments across the campus to invest independently in video surveillance systems, creating a distributed and non-standardized system. There is no single point of contact for any system and no centralized database of where and what kind of video surveillance is available to the campus public safety, creating inefficiency and possibly duplication of cost and effort. This policy is intended to create a governance and usage structure for video surveillance at Clemson University, which will apply to all members of its community.