Recordings

Guidelines for Instructors/Professors 

Under what circumstances may I record synchronous classroom lectures where students are captured in the recording?  

You should only record lectures using University approved platforms.  For guidance on managing the appropriate privacy settings when using these tools, please visit this page or contact privacy@uconn.edu.  

When students are captured in a classroom recording, either online or in person, there are a few questions you may find helpful to ask yourself:  

  1. Are students identifiable in the recording? 

If not identifiable, no need to pause, you may reuse/repost this recording in University-supported and protected resources (e.g. HuskyCT) for educational purposes. Recordings should not be share via social media or other public platforms.  

      2. If students are identifiable, are they engaging in typical classroom participation where the student is not the intended focus of the video (e.g.listening, asking questions, responding to the instructor, participating in group exercises)?   

If yes, you may reuse/repost this recording in University-supported and protected resources (e.g. HuskyCT) for educational purposes for the current semester. Please do not share via social media or other public platforms.  

      3. If students are identifiable, are they the intended focus of the video/audio (e.g.are  they doing a presentation for a grade)? 

If yes, recordings should generally not be shared on any platform without obtaining a student’s prior written consent, unless there was clear notice within your syllabus of a requirement to share the student’s records with the class. Prior written consent may be obtained from a student from their @uconn.edu email indicating what records may be shared, with who (e.g. the class), and for what purpose. However, please keep in mind that students also have the right to later revoke their consent under FERPA.  

May I share recorded student presentations with the entire class?   

In this scenario, students are the intended focus of the recording. Therefore, you will need to obtain prior written consent from each student presenter prior to sharing a video of their presentation, unless you provided clear notice of the requirement. Prior written consent may be obtained by confirming with each student that their recorded presentation may be shared with the class for a specific purpose (e.g. peer review or discussion). Consent may be obtained via their @uconn.edu e-mail account. 

What should I do if a student becomes the focus of a recorded class?  

In the event that a student becomes the unintended focus of a recorded classroom discussion (for example an incident occurred and was captured in the recording),  you should seek further guidance by e-mailing privacy@uconn.edu,prior to posting or otherwise making the applicable recording available to the class. Examples of recordings where a student becomes the focus are possible misconduct, a heated or personal discussion, or where sensitive information about a student is disclosed.  

May I share recorded lectures from a previous semester in a new term? 

It depends. If students are identifiable in the recording (i.e. their image and/or name is displayed), it is best not to share the recorded content with a new class, unless the content can be redacted. This is because you may be indirectly disclosing a student's enrollment history. For example, if a student is repeating your course in the Fall of 2021 after taking it in the Spring of 2021, you could inadvertently disclose that the student retook the course from sharing an identifiable video, which may result in a FERPA violation. If students are not identifiable in the video, it is permissible to re-share the previous semester's content in a new term, but please be sure to do so behind University protected resources (e.g. HuskyCT).