Student Privacy and School Surveillance Videos Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Marlowe, Chanda
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media, Mass Communication Graduate Program
  • This thesis takes a close look at school video surveillance case law, pertaining to both school employees and students, to try to determine what legal rights, if any, students have to be free from school video surveillance on public school grounds. It concludes that, unless a state law offers greater privacy protection, students have a right to be free from video surveillance in school locker rooms or other areas on campus that schools have designated for them to change clothes, but nowhere else. This thesis also takes a close look at the statutes, regulations, guidance, and court decisions that govern the disclosure of school surveillance videos to better understand who can get access to those videos and under what circumstances. Given a school’s broad authority to record its students and staff, the issue of who gets access to the surveillance footage after a student has been recorded is particularly salient. Finally, this thesis concludes with a set of best practices for public schools that are considering adopting or increasing school video surveillance.
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  • Packer, Cathy Lee
  • Ekstrand, Victoria
  • Klinefelter, Anne
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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