Copyright / FERPA

Copyright Considerations

Please consult the Copyright Information Center at Cornell before placing media that you do not own online.


FERPA Considerations

If you are using Panopto to record lectures, it is important to realize that recordings of students are considered educational records under FERPA, and thus may not be disclosed. (Additional information is available here.)

The way Panopto stores recordings is not FERPA compliant. Therefore, you must either:

  • Obtain written permission from students who appear in the recording prior to posting (see sample permission form below)     –or–
  • Refrain from showing students in an identifiable way

Students who do not wish to appear in a recording  must have the same experience as students willing to be recorded, so requesting that they not ask questions, or sit in certain seats is inappropriate. You also may not require that a student be recorded as part of an assignment.

Students should be aware that a recording is being made. Signs are posted in many of many camera-equipped classrooms, but informing students of your intent to record lectures should be done in both the syllabus and lecture.

If a student inadvertently appears in the video (e.g. comes in late an walks across the field of view), it may be possible to trim the video to omit this section. Other options may be possible with the consent of University Counsel. Contact for assistance in such cases.

*Audio doesn’t present a problem unless students identify themselves. If the camera in a classroom is set up to record just the instructor, a question from a student without identifying information does not constitute a FERPA violation.


FERPA release

I  <student name> give my consent to appear in video recording(s) of the lectures for <course name> at Cornell University on <list dates>. I understand that while this/these lecture(s) are not intended for public viewing, there are circumstances in which people outside of this course may be able to watch them (e.g someone watching over the shoulder of a student viewing a recording, a student improperly sharing links, etc.).

<Student signature>  <date>

<Parent/guardian signature if under 18>  <date>

<Instructor signature>  <date>


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