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Nicholls beefs up campus security

THIBODAUX – A multi-phase security system expansion will soon be complete at Nicholls State University.

By year’s end, 350 surveillance cameras will be installed on campus in public areas, including the common areas of residence halls, recreation facilities, the Bollinger Memorial Student Union and Galliano Dining Hall, Craig Jaccuzzo, director of University Police, said.

According to campus policy, which is consistent with other Louisiana colleges and universities, the cameras will not be used to monitor specific individuals; nor will they be installed in areas where privacy can be reasonably expected; nor will camera footage be retained beyond two weeks of the original recording, Jaccuzzo said.

Larry Howell, executive vice president, said the placement of the security cameras is “just another piece of the continued improvements on campus. Nicholls has always been a safe campus for our students, faculty and staff, and we are committed to making it even safer.”

The 150 cameras already installed on campus – each monitoring a residence hall corridor, lobby, cash-collection point, gymnasium or other public area – have already facilitated police officers’ responses to various reported incidents, providing camera footage as evidence.

“We are confident that this security enhancement will be a huge factor in keeping this campus safe,” Jaccuzzo said. “A track record of closed cases has already been established, and we believe this expanded system will continue to serve as both a deterrent and an investigative tool.”

System equipment and software have been provided via contract by Steel Box, a company that chose Nicholls as its higher education prototype for integrating its products with a preexisting security system. For additional information, go to www.steelbox.com.

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