Privacy

Reminder to Students: Use of Digital Tools and Course Materials

 

Your use of Canvas, Zoom, and other digital platforms for teaching and learning is governed by the Harvard College Handbook for Students and the Canvas Acceptable Use Policy. 

Course Materials and recordings may only be used as intented by the course instructor, and only for your personal educational purposes.

 

Details about these updates can be found in the addendum to the 2020-2021 Harvard College Student Handbook 

 

The circumstances of remote teaching and learning require clear guidelines about the recording of class sessions by students and instructors.  Course content and materials may be covered by copyrights held by the University or the instructor, and their unauthorized use may violate such copyrights as well as the privacy of other students in the course.

 

An overview of the University's privacy and recording guidance is here (and in more detail here).

 

Instructor Recordings

Instructors are encouraged to record course sessions to provide robust options for students in distant time zones without requiring them to attend live class meetings before 7:15 am or after 10:30 pm in their local time zone, and may also record course sessions to make them available for use later in the semester. 

Students and instructors have reasonable expectations of privacy in regard to interactions in class as captured in such recordings. Further, recordings in which students are personally identifiable are subject to FERPA rules governing their distribution. For these reasons, course recordings should be made available on the Canvas site behind HarvardKey login so that they are available only to registered students and other members of the course community.   

 

Student Publishing or Distribution of  Course Materials

By attending course sessions remotely and accessing course recordings, students acknowledge that they may not post, publish, sell, or otherwise publicly distribute course materials without the written permission of the course instructor. Such materials include, but are not limited to, the following: video or audio recordings, assignments, problem sets, examinations, other students’ work, and answer keys.

Students who sell, post, publish, or distribute course materials without written permission, whether for the purposes of soliciting answers or otherwise, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including requirement to withdraw from the College.   Further, students may not make video or audio recordings of class sessions for their own use without written permission of the instructor. 

Students needing course recordings as an accommodation should contact the Accessible Education Office (AEO).

Course Auditors & Access to Course Website and Materials

Students interested in auditing should approach the faculty member for permission and for access to the canvas course site.  If granted permission, students should understand that as per the current privacy policy (above) course content and materials may be covered by copyrights held by the University or the instructor, and their unauthorized use may violate such copyrights as well as the privacy of other students in the course. Faculty may still allow Auditors (of any type, including on-leave students); and Auditors need to be made aware of and agree to all the same rules regarding distribution of course materials before being given access to Canvas (Privacy Policy, above).

Remote Teaching and Learning Challenges due to Learning Environment and Technology Restrictions (HarvardKey login required)