Recording Lectures

Recording & Your SAS Accommodation Plan

This section on recording lectures applies to any student who needs to record a whole lecture or series of lectures in class as an accommodation.

  • Your instructor maintains ownership of their lecture.
  • If you need to record a whole lecture or a series of lectures as part of an accommodation plan due to a disability, then such accommodations should be requested through Student Accessibility Services and once approved, discussed with your instructor.
  • Without SAS approved accommodation, the recording of lectures, and/or the sharing of such recordings, is not allowed, with the exception of recording a portion of a lecture for your own personal study (unless that recording falls within one of the other exceptions in the Copyright Act).
  • If you do you not obtain SAS approved accommodations to record your instructor’s lecture and intend to record a portion of their lecture, it is strongly recommended that you obtain the instructor’s permission first.
  • What you say during a lecture might be recorded by the instructor or another student without your knowledge. This could result in personal information about you being recorded.
  • Speak with your instructor if you have any privacy concerns about others recording a lecture or tutorial in which you will be taking part.
  • You are not obligated to inform anyone in your class other than your instructor that you need to record the instructor’s lecture(s) due to your disability or that such accommodation is a part of your accommodation plan.
  • Recorded lecture material may be used for your own learning purposes only. No recorded content can be shared with any other person (i.e. classmates, friends, any other person, or uploaded to the Internet) at any time for any purpose, and specifically not without agreement by your instructor or TA.

How to Activate Your Recording of Lectures Accommodation

  1. If you need to record lectures as an accommodation, you must first discuss the need for this accommodation with your SAS Program Coordinator.
  2. If you have recording lectures as an accommodation, it is essential that you discuss this accommodation with every instructor for each of your classes at the beginning of the term, to ensure that any concerns relating to recording lectures can be addressed.
  3. There may be a variety of methods by which recording a lecture (and subsequently composing your own lecture notes) can be done. You may want to discuss options with your SAS Program Coordinator or ask for a referral to the SAS Assistive Technologist to consider your alternatives.

University Policy

For further information on McMaster’s copyright and recording Policy please see:

Last Updated: June 1 2021