Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Security Camera Policy

Security Cameras in Use

July 10, 2015
The purpose of the security cameras located in the Space Research Building (SRB) is to provide a mechanism to record activity in areas that have a potential for theft, vandalism, facilities misuse, or Conditions of Use violations. There will be signs posted near the security cameras indicating that they are in use. Images from the security cameras may be recorded, with retention typically being 30 days or fewer unless images are required for a specific investigation or requested by the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) executive director, Office of the General Counsel, or the Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer (EVP / CFO).

All recorded images from SRB security cameras are securely stored on Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP) department servers and access to recorded or live camera images is limited to select CLaSP/SPRL staff. These select staff members receive a copy of this policy and SPG 606.01, Proper Use of Security Cameras. Prior to working with the equipment, staff provide signed acknowledgement that they have read, understand, and will comply with the CLaSP security policy, SPG 606.01, and complete UMPD training.

Recorded images will not be routinely checked and will only be reviewed as part of equipment maintenance or in the event that the University has a business need to review the recorded images. A business need includes the investigation of theft, vandalism, violation of University policy, state, or federal law. Reviews must also have the prior approval of the staff member’s manager and the CLaSP Chair or his/her designee. Unless required by law, or SPG 6096.01 approved UM authority, the CLaSP Chair or his/her designee, in consultation with U-M Office of the General Counsel, will decide if a review request originating outside of the SRB will be honored and with whom the review information can be shared.

This policy does not apply to cameras deployed for recording lectures.