According to an incident report, SNAP approached four students in their backyard at 10:23pm on Saturday, 16 April 2011. The students asked them why they were being filmed and SNAP explained they were filming their activities to show the neighbors they were were being tough on student misconduct.
The students ascertained that they were accused of no violations, but SNAP asked to record the students anyway as part of a presentation on the 2010 Campus Plan. SNAP promised to blur the faces of the students in the video. The students then refused and reported the incident to GUSRI.
GUSRI calls the act “a new low” for the University, claiming that this kind of video could potentially be used against a student in a sanctions hearing. The University, for its part, defends the filming.
“We are proud of the SNAP program and its success in the neighborhood areas where the university continues to work on enhancing safety, security and quality of life. SNAP is one of many university programs being filmed for a variety of purposes,” wrote Rachel Pugh, University director of media relations, in an e-mail. “We are sensitive to protecting the privacy of our students and will continue to take appropriate action to protect the privacy of all those involved in this filming.”