UMES & USM Recording Policy

USM Recording Policy

Remote Teaching @USM:
Balancing Student Privacy and Accessibility
With the widespread move of classes and exams to remote teaching environments it is important to revisit the relevance of these activities to FERPA and other privacy laws, particularly Maryland’s “all-party permission law” for recordings. At the same time, recording instructional content is often necessary in order to ensure access to
students with disabilities or for those who are not able to engage in synchronous (same place, same time) digital instruction due to geography, time zone, medical issues, childcare issues, or military duties. See the full USM statement here.

UMES Recording Policy

UMES Recording Policy:

With the approval of the UMES Office of Institutional Equity’s Student Accessibility Services, faculty may be required, or students may opt, to record classes for the purposes of accommodating a disability.  Faculty may opt to record classes for students who cannot attend or so that students who wish to review may have access to the full class content.  All class recordings, audio or video, are for the sole use of that specific class instruction and study, and may not be used, reproduced, or disseminated by students for any other purpose.  Similarly, students may not capture images or chat text from a class without permission from the instructor and affected students for use specific to that class instruction and study, and such images may not be used or reproduced by students for any other purpose. Faculty who wish to reuse recordings must verify such recordings are FERPA compliant. Violating these directions is a conduct violation.  If a class is being recorded, students may mute their microphone if they do not consent to be audio recorded, but this may mean that students muting their microphone need to find additional ways to participate in class discussion.

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