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Posted by Makena Neal 6 months ago


SHANNON - I'm sure there have been lots of talks around this but I'm hoping you can share an overview of the key considerations for student rights in the online class environment? I'm thinking of things like zoom video requirements, synchronous engagement, etc.).


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Posted by Makena Neal 6 months ago

THANKs so much Shannon! Super helpful!

Posted by Shannon Lynn Burton 6 months ago

Finally, there have been updates to the syllabus checklist to help instructors navigate remote learning. This new updated checklist, along with other syllabus resources, can be found on our site here: https://ombud.msu.edu/resources-self-help/syllabus

Posted by Shannon Lynn Burton 6 months ago

Additionally, there is no MSU synchronous camera policy. This is one of those spaces where policy has not yet caught up to practice. At this time, it is up to the individual faculty member to determine whether cameras should be on.

There are certainly best practices that I urge faculty to follow from an equity perspective. For instance, I often share that I do not require videos to be on when I teach as one does not know what a student's home life might be like and how having a camera may highlight issues related to equity.

Posted by Shannon Lynn Burton 6 months ago

Under the university's attendance policy, only those enrolled in the course may attend the course. So, theoretically, only the student should be sitting in on the class - even virtually.

We encourage faculty to highlight the "Commercialization of Notes" policy in the Code of Teaching Responsibility as students should not be recording lectures or sharing the faculty member's own recordings of the lectures on their own without the faculty member's consent.

If faculty are recording lectures to share with students who may miss:
1. Recordings should not be published to public sites without written permission of the students. Doing so without consent, would be a violation of FERPA as their names/image could be seen by anyone and their schedule is not directory information.
2. Recordings should not be saved to be shown in future semesters without student consent even on private university sites for the same reason.