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School Surveillance: Colleges and Universities

The provision of audio and visual surveillance on college and university campuses in the United States was not a standard security practice until the early 2000s, when the seeming frequency of school shootings moved schools and the government to seek ways of protecting students and staff from shootings on school premises. Some people believe that the surveillance of college and university campuses is a nuisance and unnecessary, yet others believe that surveillance provides a sense of security. In the 21st century, campus police and surveillance are common features on many college and university campuses. For instance, the flow of students and visitors on and off campus may be monitored by campus police as well as by video. Students may be required to show or scan ...

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