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