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CCTV for Public Spaces

In accordance with the University's Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Monitoring Policy, the Division of Public Safety is providing locations for the installation of exterior cameras. The CCTV Monitoring Committee has approved the following locations.

  • 38th & Hamilton Walk
  • 33rd & Walnut Street
  • 36th & Locust Walk
  • 33rd & Chestnut Street
  • 42nd & Walnut Street
  • 42nd & Locust Street
  • 37th & Locust Walk
  • 42nd & Spruce Street
  • University Ave. & Curie Blvd.
  • 3500 Sansom Street
  • Bennet Hall (3300 Chancellor)
  • 1920 Commons (Garage 14 roof)

These cameras will be used by DPS to monitor public areas for public safety purposes. The field of view of the cameras is approximately one (1) city block in all directions. There are specific guidelines for the use of the cameras. The operators of the cameras are located in Public Safety Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street and are under the direction of the Division of Public Safety.

It is important to know that, while there will be a number of cameras placed in strategic locations around campus, all cameras will not be monitored at all times. However, all cameras will be recorded 24 hours per day. In addition to observations for safety and security purposes, the cameras will be utilized for alarm verification and in conjunction with other security devices, including the blue light emergency telephone system.

As provided in the policy, the Committee and the Vice President for Public Safety must approve the release of any information not related to a criminal investigation. Videotapes and/or digital information not retained under specific provisions of the CCTV Monitoring Policy will be regularly purged and destroyed in accordance with the policy. Storage and access to all information is closely secured with access strictly limited and controlled. The Committee is authorized to review CCTV procedures and inspect the CCTV operation at any time.

Questions in reference to the CCTV system or policy may be addressed to Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety or Domenic Ceccanecchio, Director of Security Services.

The full CCTV Monitoring Policy can be found on the Public Safety Web Site, at .

The Division of Public Safety is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the campus community by integrating the best practices of public and private policing with state-of-the-art technology. A critical component of a comprehensive security plan using state-of-the-art technology is CCTV.

As prescribed by the University Policy "Closed Circuit Television Monitoring and Recording of Public Areas for Safety and Security Purposes," (Almanac April 13, 1999) the locations of all outside CCTV cameras monitored by Public Safety are to be published semi-annually in Almanac.

The following existing cameras meet that criteria:

  • 4040 Chestnut St.
  • 4000 Sansom St.
  • 42nd & Chestnut Street
  • 40th & Walnut Street
  • 40th & Locust Street
  • 40th & Spruce Street
  • 39th & Spruce Street
  • 39th & Walnut Street
  • 38th & Walnut Street
  • 38th & Spruce Street
  • Lot #15 (Between 38th & 39th / Walnut & Locust Walk)
  • 36th & Walnut Street
  • 37th & Spruce Street
  • 36th & Spruce Street
  • 33rd & Smith Walk
  • 34th & Walnut Street
  • 100 block S. 37th Street
  • Sansom St. & Steve Murray Way
  • 37th & Walnut Street
  • SEAS Complex (Between 33rd & 34th/ Smith Walk & Walnut)
  • Steve Murray Way & Chestnut St.
  • University Museum Loading Dock & Driveway
  • 300 S 33rd Street
  • 3200 South Street (University Museum Courtyard)
  • 3200 South Street (University Museum Entrance)
  • University Museum Kress Entrance/Driveway

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 34, May 21, 2002


May 21, 2002
Volume 48 Number 34

A National Medal of Science for a pioneering Penn physicist.

SEAS selects two recipients for its annual awards.
Wharton gives awards to dozens of its faculty.
The concern about bicyclists on campus picks up momentum.
Search Committees are formed to advise on selecting two new deans.
Next Tuesday is PPSA's annual meeting and election.
Baccalaureate and Commencement speeches and photographs.
University Council committee year-end reports on Bookstores, Communications, and Community Relations.
The largest voluntary canine blood donor program in the US gets new wheels.

Recognized Holidays for faculty and staff, and revisions to the Academic Calendar.

A dozen new CCTV locations for public spaces are added to those previously approved.