Monroe declined to say how long the new system would store surveillance information, but said it would not be long, nor would any information be used to track students.
Still, the increased surveillance worries the state chapter of the ACLU. Spokeswoman Amber Duke said it’s important to know exactly how long surveillance information will be kept by oversight entities.
“You’re capturing a lot of information about people who are completely innocent,” she said. “That’s a lot of information that could be misused. It’s always good for the public to have a conversation about it.”
Those conversations are happening all over the country. After the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, most universities upgraded their emergency notification plans, said Chris Blake of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement in West Hartford, Conn.
“A number of campuses have purchased TV systems and have cameras on various locations around campuses,” Blake said. “But with closed circuit TV cameras, there are areas you can film and areas you probably shouldn’t.”
UK students don’t seem concerned, said Student Government President Roshan Palli.
“As a whole, students have felt really safe on campus, and more than anything else, it would reassure parents and students even more,” he said. “It illustrates the administration’s emphasis on putting students first.”
-Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader