IS&T Policies: Video Surveillance Policy

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MIT’s video surveillance system is used for monitoring campus assets, aiding in safe operations, campus security, and the overall safety of MIT’s campus and its community members. MIT’s video recording devices retain footage for up to 30 days. All camera audio capabilities are disabled on all IS&T-supported cameras in accordance with federal and state law.

  • MIT Police handle all investigative matters for the MIT campus, including use of surveillance footage. Other community members may not use surveillance footage for their own investigative purposes.
  • Surveillance footage is not to be used for disciplinary matters.
  • Authorized MIT Police Personnel with specific privileges have the ability to view archived video(s).
  • Designated IS&T staff are granted full administrative access to the archived video footage as part of their roles to ensure the support and operation of the system.
  • Members of the MIT community may be approved upon request by the MIT Campus Safety Working Group (CSWG) for live viewing of video recording footage and up to 30 minutes of archived playback.
  • Any request to view or export camera video archives must be submitted to MIT Police. IS&T will only retain and release camera video archives to MIT Police.
  • Community members who’ve been granted access to live viewing must adhere to MIT’s video surveillance policy and any violation or reported misuse will result in the loss of viewing privileges.


  • Any request for exceptions to retain camera video for longer than 30 days must be approved by the Campus Safety Working Group (CSWG) in writing.
  • Any request for exceptions to video surveillance policies requires the approval of an MIT senior officer in writing.