North Carolina State decided to install security cameras in a few fraternity and sorority houses of their choosing. They defended this decision as a security measure, as they want to be able to monitor the entrances and exits of the houses. But, it seems they went all Orwellian on the Greeks.
One fraternity had a total of five cameras installed throughout the inside of their house. Three monitor what’s going on in their social common area, and one is aimed directly at the fraternity’s bar area. One of the fraternities noticed that the zoom was set to be intrusive.
From Campus Reform:
While both cameras are pointed towards nearby doorways, it was discovered after installation that the cameras were zoomed out to a degree that allowed for the observation of students in their living space, which university officials acknowledged in an email exchange obtained by Campus Reform.
The members of one fraternity requested that the school adjust their zoom on the cameras to capture what they are intended for: the entrances and exits. However, the school didn’t respond until after a member covered up the cameras. Now, the associate director for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is asking for the student’s name so he can report them.
Great. Now we have universities going all Big Brother on us. If you’re going to do this to one group, then you have to do it to all. So really just don’t do it at all, NC State. They are lucky I don’t live in one of those houses, I’d pop that camera from an area unable to be seen and render it useless..
[via Campus Reform]
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