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Guidelines for Recording Synchronous Remote Class Content

Instructors may choose to record synchronous remote class sessions. The following guidelines provide insight into when an instructor may wish to record classes and instruction on how to do so in a way that is consistent with University policies. Students are prohibited from recording class sessions and are also prohibited from the distribution of class recordings.

Recording of Class Sessions by Instructors
  • Recording synchronous online class sessions is appropriate, as recording allows students to review content after class, and provides an opportunity for students who are unable to attend class to view the course.
  • When faculty choose to record a synchronous class session, they should communicate this to the students both in writing through the course syllabus and verbally.
  • Recordings should be shared only with the students enrolled in the course and should be deleted at the end of the course.
  • Recording of synchronous sessions that include student discussion should be given special consideration:
    • Instructors may choose to turn off the recording at certain points of the class in order to protect student privacy and eliminate the possibility that recording might stifle discussion, particularly if sensitive content is included in the discussion.
Suggested Text for Summer Quarter, 2020 Class Syllabi for Instructors Who Plan to Record:

This class or portions of this class will be recorded by the instructor for educational purposes. These recordings will be shared only with students enrolled in the course and will be deleted at the end of the end of the Summer Quarter, 2020 course. Your instructor will communicate how you can access the recordings.


Recording of Class Sessions by Students

Unauthorized student recording is prohibited. Faculty should not grant individual requests for students to record class sessions. Students requesting the use of assistive technology as an accommodation should direct such requests to AccessibleNU.

As part of our communication to students, all instructors have been asked to include the following statement on all Syllabi for Summer Quarter, 2020 classes:

Unauthorized student recording of classroom or other academic activities (including advising sessions or office hours) is prohibited. Unauthorized recording is unethical and may also be a violation of University policy and state law. Students requesting the use of assistive technology as an accommodation should contact  AccessibleNU. Unauthorized use of classroom recordings – including distributing or posting them – is also prohibited.  Under the University’s Copyright Policy, faculty own the copyright to instructional materials – including those resources created specifically for the purposes of instruction, such as syllabi, lectures and lecture notes, and presentations.  Students cannot copy, reproduce, display, or distribute these materials. Students who engage in unauthorized recording, unauthorized use of a recording, or unauthorized distribution of instructional materials will be referred to the appropriate University office for follow-up.