Students may audio or video record a
class lecture, defined as a formal or methodical oral presentation as part of a
University course intended to present information or teach enrolled students
about a particular subject. Class lectures may be presented in person, via videoconferencing
platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom, via pre-recorded materials hosted in
Canvas, via a video-hosting platform such as YouTube, or any other means of
providing the lecture.
The following are not considered to be
part of a “class lecture”: Class activities other than class lectures,
including but not limited to lab sessions, student presentations (whether
individually or part of a group), class discussion (except when incidental to
and incorporated within a class lecture), facilitated discussions such as in a
seminar, clinical presentations such as patient history, academic exercises
involving student participation, test, or examination administrations, field
trips, and conversations between students in the class or between a student and
the faculty member.
Faculty may, but are not required to,
allow recording of class activities that are not “class lectures.” We encourage faculty to clearly express their
expectations to the class via their syllabus and other course materials. Some
students may feel passionately about recording classes, so faculty may want to
consider ways to reduce confusion and conflict, such as allowing students to
record classes per the UFF’s Preliminary Guidance shared on July 2, 2021, or
considering ways to minimize the extent to which students would have to be told
during a single class session to turn off, or turn back on, recordings.