TSU installing state-of-the-art video camera surveillance system

Aug. 4, 2004 – In an effort to improve safety and security on campus, Tennessee State University is in the process of installing a state-of-the-art video camera surveillance system on its main campus. The system is expected to come online by the beginning of the fall semester, which starts August 30.

The video camera surveillance system will place several cameras at strategic locations throughout the main campus. The cameras will be monitored around the clock by Safety and Security personnel from a central location on the main campus.

“We are constantly striving to provide a safe and secure campus for our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Thomas Martin, vice president for Student Affairs. “This camera system will aid immensely in our effort to ensure that TSU is a safe campus for everyone.”

Talks are currently underway to expand the camera surveillance system to the Avon Williams campus in downtown Nashville.

“This is a very sophisticated system,” said Lawrence Carpenter, assistant director of Residence Life and project manager. “It is being used at many other large universities like Auburn, Notre Dame, Cornell and others. We are confident that it will pay for itself in no time and reduce campus crime and vandalism.”

Carpenter says he has already received calls from representatives at the University of Kentucky and Nebraska University to get ideas for a similar system, based on the design used at TSU.

“They are calling us to find out what we are doing,” Carpenter said. “Safety and security is a priority for all college campuses nationwide. Our goal is to make our campus as safe as possible.

Tennessee State University is a major, comprehensive urban land-grant institution offering 42 bachelor's degrees and 25 master's degrees. Doctoral degrees are offered in six areas:  biological sciences, psychology, public administration, curriculum and instruction, administration and supervision, and computer information systems engineering.  Founded in 1912, the university has been listed for the past ten years in the
U.S. News & World Report “Guide to America's Best Colleges.”


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