Under Section 504, of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Institutions of higher education must provide reasonable accommodations to a student’s known disability and may not deny equal access to the institution’s programs, courses and activities. Recording lectures is a reasonable accommodation for students whose documentation calls for this accommodation.
Saginaw Valley State University policy states:
“Students must seek the permission from their instructor before using any audio or video recording devices to record lectures, discussions, etc. If such permission is granted, neither the resulting recordings nor any form of copies of transcripts of the recordings may be used for any other purpose than as a replacement for notes taken in class. Permission to make recordings will not be withheld if such recordings are reasonably necessary to accommodate a student’s disability as defined by law.”
The Faculty has the option to request a student who uses a recorder to sign an agreement for recording and present the form to the instructor.
Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations
Associate Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations