Audio Recording FAQ for Faculty

Audio Recording Accommodation FAQ - Faculty

As with all accommodations, audio recording accommodations are approved on an individual basis to ameliorate disabled students’ disability-related barriers within the classroom.

Audio recording accommodations help address disability-related classroom barriers including audio processing, information processing speed, barriers related to writing and reading, and others. 

In addressing such barriers, audio recording accommodations provide disabled students an equal chance to access and process the visual and audio information presented in class.

Some courses involve personal self-disclosure, personal reflection, or the sharing of information otherwise deemed confidential.  In that case, the professor may make a general announcement to the class asking all students to stop note-taking and turn off any accommodated recording devices.

No. An individual instructor’s right to privacy or concern over copyright does not override the student’s right to accommodation (U.S. Department of Education). 

Furthermore, case law has determined that providing audio recording accommodations does not compromise the essential elements of a course or curriculum; nor do accommodations weaken the academic standards or integrity of a course.

Audio recording accommodations provide an alternative way to accomplish the course learning objectives by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers.

Students approved for audio recording accommodations sign an agreement stipulating that recordings are for personal educational use only, will not be shared, and will be deleted at the end of the quarter.  

 

No. For more information, view the Registrar’s decision tree on FERPA and the ADA

When a class session is held in-person, the student should create their own audio recording using their own device.  Students may use DAC-provided Glean, laptops, smartphones, or an ATUS recorder.  Students should work with faculty to ensure seating near the main speaker. 

When a class session is held in Zoom, class recordings should be created by faculty.  To learn more about obtaining class consent for audio recording in Zoom: https://atus.wwu.edu/kb/faq-faculty-online-class-recordings

When a class is held outdoors or in the field, students should work with the DAC and/or faculty to find the best solution on a case-by-case basis.