Classroom and Event Recording Policy
*Fall 2020 updated Recording Policy available here: Video Policy Committee Report
Please Note: Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Law Center should not have an expectation of privacy while they are in recordable spaces at the Law Center. Recordable spaces include classrooms, meeting rooms, and other spaces that are generally open to members of the Law Center community. When authorized by this policy, audio or video recordings of classes, presentations, activities, or events that occur or are scheduled to occur in recordable spaces may be made by the Law Center for live or subsequent distribution to appropriate audiences. As a result, please realize that collateral private conversations and behavior occurring in recordable spaces may end up being recorded and disseminated, even when those conversations or behavior occur before or after events, during breaks, or even when a recordable space is otherwise empty. Therefore, voluntary participation in activities that occur in a recordable space is deemed to be consent within the meaning of applicable law to the recordings and disseminations authorized by this policy.
Authorized Law Center Class Recordings
In order to ensure compliance with applicable laws, such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, all classes—except those that have been designated classes in which confidential information is likely to be discussed—will routinely be video recorded by the Law Center using the Panopto recording platform that has been integrated into the Law Center’s Canvas Learning Management System. By default, those class recordings will be made available for personal use by all students registered in a recorded class. However, students are not authorized to copy, download, or disseminate those recordings to others.
***Professors who do not wish to make video classroom recording generally available can designate their courses so that recordings will not be disseminated. Although recordings will still be made of those classes in order to ensure compliance with applicable law, individual professors can adopt their own policies governing when recordings that are not required by law will be disseminated. Professors who do not make classroom recordings generally available may wish to make such recordings available for illness, bad weather, rescheduled classes, or other reasons.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Law Center are not permitted to make audio or video recordings of classes, presentations, activities, or other events unless expressly so authorized by the Law Center. Unauthorized recordings—including personal recordings made by students in class—do not fall within the scope of consent established by the Law Center recording policy. As a result, the making or dissemination of such recordings can violate federal, state, or other laws that restrict the involuntary recording of conversations. Individual professors or event leaders typically have the ability to authorize private recordings of their classes or events, but if they do so, they should ensure that all attendees at those classes or events have notice of private recordings that is sufficient to serve as a basis for inferring consent to those recordings.