Seventeen surveillance cameras have been installed at a dorm at Ohio University with plans to equip the rest of the school’s dorms in the future. However, that could take 10 to 15 years, said one school official.
The reason this one dorm was chosen is because the school was already conducting electrical and security upgrades to the building, “so we already had contractors in the building working on similar projects,” said Josh Bodnar, assistant director of residential housing sales and communications.
“As we continue to focus on higher safety and security across the campus, not only in the residence halls but everywhere, we felt the need to have cameras—video surveillance,” added Christine Sheet, executive director of residential housing.
While some students were concerned about surveillance cameras in the dorm, Bodnar emphasized that care was taken with the positioning of the cameras to ensure that they do not record in students’ rooms at all. “They don’t even see down hallways where student rooms are. They are completely focused on those lobbies and on perimeter doors to the building.”
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