Audio Recordings

For students who have been granted permission to make an audio recording of classes as a disability accommodation, the following policy applies:

Audio recordings of class lectures are permitted for students as a disability accommodation. Recordings are not to be shared with other students, posted to any online forum, or otherwise disseminated in any way without professor approval. In any class in which a student plans to audio record the lecture, the faculty of record may request a copy of the student's accommodation letter that states your need to record lectures. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in the loss of recording privileges and is code of conduct and professionalism violation.

Faculty members concerned about the recording of sensitive data, such as patient information shared as part of a case study, or unpublished research data should contact SDS to discuss. Students approved for recording accommodation agree that the recording will not be distributed, protecting it from accidental disclosure to satisfy concerns. Additionally, students agree that the recording will be stopped during sensitive conversations.

Be aware that, under California law, it is illegal to make audio recordings of others without their knowledge, though this doesn’t apply where there is “no expectation of privacy,” such as a lecture hall with posted signs warning that recording may take place there.

Please contact SDS directly if there are any concerns in this area.