The University operates non-audio closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on and around campus to help take care of both people and property. Because of the unique residential nature of Otago, the University has a responsibility to make sure students are well cared for.
The cameras are there to:
- Help deter criminal behaviour
- Identify and prosecute offenders
- Improve safety
They are not there to police and discipline non-criminal student behaviour.
The cameras are overseen by the Proctor’s Office. Camera feeds are sent from the cameras to the Campus Watch Control Room and the footage is held securely in the Proctor’s Office for 30 days before being overwritten.
Since the University of Otago began operating CCTV cameras on and around the Dunedin campus, footage has been used to apprehend and prosecute offenders and retrieve stolen property.
Locations of CCTV
The CCTV cameras are on the main Dunedin campus, in and around Unipol, and in residential colleges. There are also some cameras in public streets around campus as shown on the map below:
Privacy and CCTV
The University of Otago has a CCTV policy and procedures in place to make sure that the cameras are being operated in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020:
- The cameras have a clear purpose: to make the student areas safer by reducing and deterring criminal behaviour and helping to identify and prosecute offenders
- Camera footage can't be used to address non-criminal student behaviour under the Code of Student Conduct
- Signage advises that cameras are operating in the area
- Software within the cameras blacks out private areas, such as windows and doors, to protect the privacy of residents
- The University’s Registrar is also the Privacy Officer and is responsible for making sure your privacy is not being breached and the Privacy Act 2020 is being followed
Only approved staff can view CCTV footage in line with the University’s CCTV policy. The University’s Privacy Officer ensures that the privacy of individuals is protected and will investigate any complaints of Privacy Act breaches.