The accommodation of use of an audio recording device to record lectures allows students with disabilities to have an equal chance to receive and process information presented in class by supporting their notetaking needs.
Students who have been granted permission to audio record class lectures as an accommodation must agree to abide by each of these provisions:
- Recordings of class lectures are only for the student’s personal use in study and preparation related to the class.
- Recordings cannot be shared or transferred by any method currently available or any method which may become available in the future. Recordings may not be uploaded to file-sharing sites, posted on the web or to any form of social media, provided to journalists, or shared in any other way.
- The student acknowledges that the recordings are sources, the use of which in any academic work is governed by rules of academic conduct at Occidental College (in addition to federal copyright laws).
- The student agrees to destroy the recorded materials in any and all formats within 10 days from the completion of the term for the course.
Classes That Contain Sensitive Material (i.e., Self-Disclosure)
Occasionally, instructors object to recording classes that involve a great deal of self-disclosure, personal reflection, or confidential discussions from students or presenters as part of the class, fearing that the recording device will inhibit students from sharing freely or would risk anonymity. However, it is important to remember that the use of the recording device is to substitute and support the student’s note taking ability. If these open discussions are not appropriate subject matter for any student to be taking notes, then it would be appropriate to make a general announcement to the class and ask all students to stop note-taking in addition to turning off any recording devices.