Since 2011, Goshen College has made significant upgrades to campus in order to be a safer and more secure place to work and learn. Recently, we installed additional security cameras to improve public safety and to help combat crime and vandalism on our campus. In an effort to be more transparent about where our cameras are placed and their purpose, we’ve created this webpage to help address questions and concerns from the campus community.
We have a large campus in consideration to our student population and campus safety officer coverage. Theft and vandalism cost Goshen College and its students a great deal of money each year and continues to be a threat to campus safety. In recent years, students, faculty, and staff have become more aware of these threats and have requested that we install more security cameras to improve campus safety.
According to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Department of Education, 86 percent of schools nationwide reported that one or more serious violent incidents, thefts, or other crimes had occurred at their school, for a total of roughly 2.2 million crimes. Campus Safety Magazine reported that of the more than 900 K-12, Higher Ed, and healthcare protection pros surveyed, more than nine out of 10 say their campuses have installed some type of video surveillance equipment. Of those, 79 percent plan on buying more camera systems in the next three years.
Starting in January 2018, we will have additional camera coverage in the following locations: KMY Connector hallways & 1st floor lounge, KMY laundry room, KMY west bike racks and entranceway,KMY student parking lot, railroad crossing and tunnel stairwells, apartment bike racks, student apartment entranceways, Coffman/Science bike racks, Kulp entranceway, and the College Mennonite Church entranceways and basement.
Alongside these new cameras, existing cameras on campus can be found in the following locations: Goode Library, RFC, Music Center, ITS Media, Union Storage, and WGCS.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When will the new cameras be activated and put into use?
All new cameras should be operational in early January 2018.
Will there be someone monitoring these cameras 24/7?
No. However there are times when Campus Safety officers monitor inactive buildings to be certain no one is locked inside or have entered after lockdown.
Are the cameras recording? And if so, how long do you keep the recordings?
Yes, the cameras are recording to a server 24 hours a day and are held for up to 14 days before they are purged and overwritten.
Will the new cameras be used to solicit standards violations committed by students?
Absolutely not. Recorded camera footage will only be accessed when there is a probable cause that warrants an investigation by Campus Safety or Residence Life. Examples being: evidence of a crime, vandalism, or a reported physical threat to campus safety. They will never be used to target students.
How will the new cameras keep students safe?
Working as a visible deterrent, security cameras can potentially stop someone from committing a crime, theft, or vandalism. Security cameras monitoring parking lots and bike racks have been proven to deter and prevent theft on other campuses. Cameras will help curb vandalism on college property, thus reducing the number of fines charged to students for community billing due to the poor choices of others.