The College prohibits students from creating a recording in the learning environment unless that student has obtained prior written permission from the instructor. The College also prohibits students from using course materials in a way that violates this policy.

  1. Definitions

    For purposes of this policy:

    • A “recording” is a video or audio replication or photographic image recorded on devices including, but not limited to, audio recorders, video recorders, cellular/smart phones, digital cameras, media players, computers and other devices that record images or sound.
    • “Course materials” include, but are not limited to, audio, written, and online content. Specific examples of course materials include, but are not limited to, presentations, lectures, handouts, and images.
  2. Obtaining and Revoking Permission

    A student who wishes to create a recording in the learning environment must first receive written permission from the instructor. The permission to record form can be found on the College website under the forms and resources tab. Prior written permission is also necessary if a student desires to use a recording or course materials in a manner that does not align with the standards listed in Section IV, below (e.g., making several copies of course materials, keeping a recording longer than the end of the semester, etc.).

    An instructor has the option to approve or disapprove such requests. An instructor may also rescind permission after it has been granted by notifying the student in writing. The instructor is not required to give an explanation for not approving a request or for rescinding permission after it had previously been given.

    For purposes of this policy, written permission (or revocation of permission) may occur via email communications. Reasonable Accommodation Exception: In keeping with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, a student with a disability may be preapproved by the ADA Coordinator for reasonable accommodations involving recording in the classroom and/or use of course materials in a particular manner. In such situations, a faculty member does not have discretion to prevent a student from utilizing the accommodations.

  3. Standards for the Use of Course Materials and Recording in the Classroom

    The following standards apply to student use of course materials and recordings:

    • Course materials and information contained in recordings may be protected under federal copyright laws and should not be published or quoted without permission.
    • Course materials and recordings should not be copied or disseminated in any fashion without permission. Students are allowed a single copy for personal use and study, but no systematic copying or distribution is allowed. Also, because a recording is solely for personal use and study, students are required to destroy recordings at the end of the semester for which they apply.
    • Course materials and recordings should not be posted on any website or social media site without permission.
    • Course materials and recordings should not be used for commercial or non-educational purposes without permission.
  4. Policy Violation

    Any member of the College community who believes that an unauthorized recording has been made or that there has been an improper use of a recording or course materials should follow the procedure, penalties, and due process as listed in the Academic Honesty Policy. Violations of this policy may also constitute copyright infringement in violation federal law or a violation of other state laws.