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Closed Circuit Television Cameras

Principles for Installation of CCTV Cameras and Reviewing of Recordings
October 1, 2012

Guiding Principles

  • The financial responsibility for installing cameras rests with the department or faculty where the cameras reside;
  • Consideration of installing cameras should only be based on security needs, not for the purposes of managing or monitoring students, staff or faculty;
  • The review of camera recording will only be done by campus police when investigating an allegation of an offence or policy breach;
  • To further their investigation, campus police may allow others to review recordings in an attempt to identify people and understand activities;
  • All installed cameras must be compatible with the current standard used by IST and approved by them;
  • CCTV recordings will only be available for viewing and monitoring by campus police;
  • There is no expectation that campus police will be continually monitoring CCTV cameras.


  • Requests for camera installation is initiated by the department or faculty with an RT request to Pat Kadwell in IST;
  • IST will liaise with campus police to determine the appropriateness of the installation;
  • IST will prioritize the installation of approved cameras.
  • All areas where cameras have been installed shall provide the following notice:      

          This area is monitored by video surveillance cameras.

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The personal information collected by the use of video surveillance is collected under the authority of the University of Waterloo Act and is used for the purpose of promoting public safety.
Any questions about this collection can be directed to the Operations Manager of Police Services, Paul Lobsinger.
Questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by the University, should be directed to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

Review of CCTV Recordings

  • Campus police will review available CCTV recordings when informed of a possible offence or policy breach;
  • No other area other than campus police will have access to the video monitoring system allowing access to review historic recordings.

Retention of CCTV Recordings

  • Campus police may retain CCTV recordings related to investigations that remain open.
  • Normal retention of CCTV recordings is a minimum of 14 days and until overwritten (normally no longer than 60 days) as governed by the Records Classification and Retention Schedule.