“You're Not A Real Cop!”

Examining the Powers and Limitations of Campus Security in Public Canadian Universities

  • Serena Cheong


Campus security is an integral part of life on university campuses, but what they can or cannot do remains a mystery to the general public. Given their quasi police-like status on university campuses, this uncertainty is particularly concerning. This article seeks to provide some clarity on the role of campus security on university campuses by collecting publicly available information on campus security at public Canadian universities and synthesizing the data with relevant jurisprudence and legislation. Based on this analysis, this article concludes that there is a lack of judicial clarity on the powers and limitations of campus security and contends that expanding Charter applicability to public Canadian universities provides the most fulsome solution to protecting the Charter rights of university community members.