Are we not allowed to record lectures?
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2. Express Permission to Privately Record Required: Unless an instructor expressly authorizes recording of his or her classes, students should presume that private recording of that instructor’s class is not permitted. Instructors are encouraged to address policies relating to private recordings of classes in their syllabi by directly referencing this policy and/or by providing additional specific guidelines.
3. Governing Assumptions: Unless the relevant instructor expressly states otherwise, when allowed to make a private recording of a class the student authorized should assume (a) that it is to be an audio recording; (b) that a single recording is to be made and that it is not to be duplicated, transferred or shared with others, (c) that the storage media bearing the recording is to be turned into the instructor, if he or she supplies it, by the end of the semester or, if the student provides his or her own storage media, the recording is to be erased or destroyed by the end of the semester and (d) that the use of the recording is to be limited to the student for whom the class was recorded and the semester in which the class was taught.
Looks to me like you're allowed to record only if you ask the professor and he agrees. Which, honestly is just good manners anyway. The bit about not sharing and destroying the recording without explicit permission seems a bit anal, but whatever.
I'm not sure if I'm going to record lectures or not (if permitted of course), because I don't know if the ability to refer back to discussion is going to outweigh the temptation I'd have to waste massive amounts of time going back through old recordings. What I think will happen is most profs will include a blurb in their syllabus granting permission to record, but nothing else (of course I'm just guessing here. If they do that, or if they don't say anything on the matter I'll probably send an email to each of my profs asking permission to record audio and video, and to share the recordings with classmates.