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. 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.