Q. Recording of Courses: Under what circumstances may a student record (audio and/or video) a course?
A. Students do not have the right to record classroom
lectures and discussions without securing prior permission from you,
but do have the right to take written notes (or typed notes on a
computing device). There may be some cases where students with
documented learning or physical disabilities need such electronic
assistance; in these cases, the student would have documentation from
Disability Support Resources (DSR), be in touch with you well ahead of
time to arrange appropriate accommodations, and have signed an
agreement with DSR not to share the recordings. DSR has included other
information about such requests in their FAQ
for faculty and staff.
Faculty members are encouraged to use their syllabi to indicate
whether or not you are giving permission for electronic recording.
Past history suggests that Grand Valley students tend to ask before
recording lectures. If you are faced with such a request, you can
decide what is best for you and your class. You may want to consider
what will happen with recordings once they’re made, and whether
additional policies or practices are appropriate – such as requesting
that the student turn off the recording device during sensitive
classroom discussions or if other students express concerns with being recorded.