On January 27, 2012, the Rutgers University Senate voted to forward the following recommendations regarding recording of faculty lectures to President McCormick for his review:
A. Student Recording
- The University should prohibit the audio-visual recording, transmission, or distribution of classroom lectures and discussions unless expressed written permission (on syllabi, course sites, or by signed form, for example) from the class instructor has been obtained and all students in the class as well as guest speakers have been informed that audio/video recording may occur.
- When granting permission for a student to record class lectures or discussions, instructors should be mindful of—and convey to the student requesting permission—issues relating to student privacy and the possible chilling effect on class participation on the part of some students as a result of being recorded.
- Any recording of lectures or class presentations should be authorized solely for the purpose of individual or group study with other students enrolled in the same class. Such recording may not be reproduced or uploaded to publicly accessible web environments.
- Recordings of classes or of course materials may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation, or for any other purpose other than study by students enrolled in the class.
- Violation of this policy may subject a student to disciplinary action under the University’s Code of Student Conduct.
- Instructors should indicate their policy regarding the recording of classroom lectures and discussions on their syllabi or course sites.
- Information on copyright and the potential consequences of distributing copyrighted materials should be provided during Orientation.
- Instructors should retain copies of any permission forms that they have granted.
B. Faculty Recording
- Instructors may record, or have recorded, their own classes for their personal use or for the purpose of exchange with colleagues, e.g., for the purpose of developing or demonstrating pedagogical skills. In such cases all students in the class should be informed that audio/video recording may occur.
- Instructors may make audio and video recordings of student classroom presentations for instructional purposes related to a course. The intent to record should be indicated on the course syllabus or course site. The recordings may not be shown or distributed to any other individual or group without the written permission of the students being recorded.
- Instructors may record their own lectures and post or distribute those for use by their students or the general academic community. If done within a class setting, recording should be limited to the lecture portion of the class.
Note: The only exception to this policy applies to students who have been granted specific accommodations by the Office of Disability Services; they may use a digital recorder to tape course lectures, presentations and discussions after presenting a Letter of Accommodation to the instructor.
Update 2012 September 6:
Link to full senate report