Recording/Taping Classes & Seminars

The School of Law recognizes that class content is the intellectual property of individual faculty members. The faculty member's permission is required before any portion of a class session may be recorded. There is a strong presumption that faculty members will allow recording for makeup or review classes that are scheduled outside normal class time; for observance of religious holidays; and for court-ordered appearances in clinical matters.

It is expected that faculty members will announce their general policies on recording at the beginning of each semester. If a faculty member indicates that requests for recording may be granted in some circumstances, students are thereby on notice that their comments in any class may be recorded. Upon request of the UMB Office of Educational Support & Disability Services, faculty members may make class recordings available to individual students who have requested ADA accommodations through that Office.

The following policies apply to all classroom recordings:

  • Recordings are for your individual and personal use only;
  • The contents of any such recording may not be distributed, published, uploaded, or otherwise transmitted or copied to any user, site, server, etc. in which it is reasonably foreseeable that the contents, in whole or in part, will be available to another; and
  • Recordings must be destroyed within 30 days following the exam.

This policy is subject to the School's Honor Code and the Student Disciplinary and Appeals Procedure.

Student recording

Students must have the faculty member's permission before any portion of any class session may be recorded. The decision to grant or deny permission is entirely at the discretion of the faculty member.

If permission is granted, a student may use a portable audio recorder to record the class. Media Services maintains a supply of audio recorders available for loan.

When an individual student must miss a class for any reason and wishes to have the class recorded, he or she should request a classmate to record the session (subject to faculty member approval). Media Services will not provide recording services for individual students, except as approved by Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Communications in exceptional circumstances; see below.

Recording by the Media Services Department

Under certain circumstances and subject to the faculty member's permission, the Media Services department will record class sessions, or will assist the faculty member with the recording process. Media Services can only provide recording services for classes held in classrooms with built-in video- and or audio- recording equipment.

Routine Recording 

Upon faculty request, Media Services will record all classes in a particular course and make them available to all students in the course for the remainder of the semester. 

Religious Holidays

If a substantial number of students have indicated in advance that they will be absent in order to observe a religious holiday, classes except clinics will be recorded by Media Services and made available to all students for the remainder of the semester. Faculty who do not want classes recorded for this reason must contact Dean Gontrum and notify students.

Rescheduled classes

Rescheduled classes will be recorded by Media Services and made available to all students forthe remainder of the semester. Faculty who do not want classes recorded for this reason must contact Dean Gontrum and notify students.

Inclement weather (during periods determined by the deans)

All classes except clinics will be recorded by Media Services and made available to all students for the remainder of the semester. Faculty who do not want classes recorded for this reason must contact Dean Gontrum and notify students.

ADA related recording

Students must request accommodations through the UMB Office of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). If ESDS suggests recording as an accommodation, they will notify the Office of Student Affairs who will seek permission from the faculty member.

All other circumstances

Media Services will not record classes for individual absences for reasons other than the ones listed above. Students should refer to the recording policy of the faculty member involved. .For rare, emergency situations when recording is desired and the faculty member gives permission, the preferred solution is that recording will be done by another student. Subject to availability, and in extreme cases only, Media Services will try to handle last minute requests for recording that are requested through the Office of Student Affairs.