In creating a policy around recording of class, consider the following questions:
- Are you comfortable with students recording for their own purposes or not at all?
- Have you clearly articulated on your syllabus for what purposes students are permitted to record during your class?
- If you have prohibited recording during class, have you clearly alerted students with documented disabilities that they should contact the Office of Disability Resources to request an appropriate accommodation?
Sample 1: No Recording
“No student may record any classroom activity without express written consent from me. If you have (or think you may have) a disability such that you need to record or tape classroom activities, you should contact the Office of Disability Resources to request an appropriate accommodation.”
Sample 2: Recording Allowed
“Classroom activities may be recorded by a student for the personal, educational use of that student or for all students presently enrolled in the class only, and may not be further copied, distributed, published or otherwise used for any other purpose without the express written consent of [insert name of faculty member]. All students are advised that classroom activities may be taped by students for this purpose.”