Student Handbook

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Smith College Policy On Video/Audio Recordings In The Classroom

To encourage an active, engaged teaching and learning environment in the classroom and to safeguard the privacy of students and instructors, no form of audio or visual recording shall take place in the classroom without explicit permission from the instructor.

  1. Students whom Disability Services has authorized to make recordings as an accommodation shall share that written authorization privately with the instructor before beginning any such recordings. Recordings are authorized only to provide disability accommodations, and shall be used solely for personal academic purposes.
  2. Students who are unable to attend class may request from the instructor that the class be audio or videotaped for the purpose for learning material missed due to an excused absence. Granting such a request is at the discretion of the instructor. Recordings shall be used solely for personal academic purposes and only by a student who has obtained the instructor’s permission. 
  3. Instructors who record their lectures must notify the students in advance and make clear that the recordings can only be used solely for personal academic purposes.

In all cases, recordings shall not be shared, posted, published, or distributed in any form for any reason. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action by the Student Conduct Board, and may violate Massachusetts strict “two-party consent” Recording Law.