Student Accessibility Services

Audio Recording Lectures & Assistive Technology Agreement

Under Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), institutions of higher education must provide auxiliary aids and services to students with documented disabilities and not deny equal access to the institution's programs, courses, and activities. Audio recorders are a legitimate auxiliary aid for some students with disabilities as a supplement to their own notes, specifically in receiving and processing information presented in class. Permission to make recordings will not be withheld if such recordings are reasonably necessary to accommodate a student's disability as defined by law. If such permission is granted, neither the resulting recordings nor any form of copies of transcripts of the recordings may be used for any other purpose than as a supplement for notes taken in class.

Methods of audio recording may include a digital recorder, Livescribe SmartPen, or the use of software on a laptop or cell phone. Students are required to sign the "Audio Recording Lectures & Assistive Technology Agreement" upon approval of the accommodation, which states the recordings are only for the student's own educational use and cannot be shared with other individuals. Failure to follow the agreement will result in referral to the student conduct process.

Audio Recording Lectures

I, [student|fullname], have been approved through Student Accessibility Services (SAS) "Audio Recording Lectures" and/or a similar accommodation in my access plan at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). By utilizing this accommodation in my course(s) during a given semester, I, [student|fname], understand and agree to adhere to the following conditions:

  • I have been approved to audio record lectures for my own personal use in study and preparation related to my UNI course(s).
  • I will not share, copy, download, sell, or otherwise distribute these recordings to any other individual, regardless of whether that person is in my class, or financially profit from the content I record.
  • The information contained in the audio-recorded lectures is protected under federal copyright legislation and may not be published or quoted without the instructor's explicit consent and without properly identifying and crediting the instructor.
  • At the end of the semester or when I no longer need them for my academic coursework, I will destroy any recordings made during class.
  • Failing to follow this agreement will result in my referral to the student conduct process.

By electronically signing this document through Accommodate, I agree to follow the terms of the agreement throughout my career at the University.

Assistive Technology

As I have been approved for "Audio Recording Lectures" and/or a similar accommodation, I may during my academic career at UNI checkout assistive technology equipment through SAS. By checking out assistive technology equipment to utilize in my course(s) during a given semester, I, [student|fname], understand and agree to adhere to the following conditions:

  • In the event the equipment malfunctions, I will notify SAS staff and return it as soon as possible.
  • I am responsible for any physical damage to the equipment as a result of negligence, theft, or accident and will receive a charge on my U-Bill for the replacement of the equipment at current new market value.
  • I will abide by all copyright laws pertaining to the usage of the equipment and only utilize the assistive technology for coursework.
  • I will check-in the equipment at the end of the spring semester every academic year or upon leaving the University. If I am enrolled in summer courses and/or plan to utilize the assistive technology for the following academic year, I can notify SAS to have the return date of the equipment updated in Accommodate.

By electronically signing this document through Accommodate, I agree to follow the terms of the agreement throughout my career at the University.

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If I have questions or concerns regarding the accommodation of "Audio Recording Lectures" and/or the use of assistive technology equipment, I will contact SAS at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711, accessibilityservices@uni.edu, or ITTC 007.

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