The use of video collaboration tools like ZOOM or other video recording technologies in the classroom can improve accessibility of course materials and engage students on a new level. However, video recordings and video streaming require considerations as they may be considered a student record if any student can be identified in the recording/stream and if the recording/stream will be available to people not directly associated with that class.

Any audio or video of a class that:

  • is recorded for later distribution or streamed where the public can access the stream, and
  • where a student or students can be identified as part of the specific class is subject to FERPA requirements to protect the student’s rights to privacy.

In the event that video of a class will be streamed or recorded for later distribution, the class instructor must obtain each identifiable student(s)’ consent. At minimum, email your students that are part of the video and inform them what your future intention are for the video and ask them to reply back to indicate their permission status. This are a sample templates:

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for clarification whether your specific use case is subject to FERPA regulation.

Can ZOOM recordings be edited?

Yes, a ZOOM recording can be edited to hide student faces and names.