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4.2 Class Recording Policy

Generally, recording Law School classes is strictly prohibited. For example, the Law School does not record classes for students who must miss class for most reasons including:

  • Illness or doctor’s visits
  • Family emergency, death in the family, funerals, etc.
  • Interviews or career-related programming
  • Other university conflicts
  • Student organization conflicts
  • Conferences or other professional-related travel

The Law School does attempt to record classes for students who must miss class due to observance of religious holidays.

Any update or change to the recording policy will be communicated to students by the Dean of Students Office. 

Students may be eligible for class recordings only for the following reasons:

  • Observance of religious holidays
  • Approved ADA accommodation through the Student Disabilities Services office
  • Pregnancy, delivery, and post-delivery related absences with approved accommodation through the Title IX office
  • Two make-up classes scheduled at overlapping times

Students wishing to request that a class be recorded due to observance of religious holidays must submit their petition at least 7 days in advance of the absence. They should complete the petition available at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/RequestRecordClassHolidayObservance

Students wishing to request a class recording when a make-up class is in conflict with another class must complete the petition available at https://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/petitions/record

Students wishing to have classes recorded for an ADA accommodation are encouraged to meet with the Student Disabilities Services (SDS) as early as possible prior to the start of the quarter. For pregnancy related recordings, students should be in touch with the Title IX office as early as possible. Please note that the process of having an accommodation request reviewed and approved may take several weeks. The Law School will not record classes for an accommodation without approval from SDS or the Title IX office.

Regardless of the reason, all requests must be made at least seven days in advance. Submission of recording requests does not guarantee that a request will be granted by the faculty member or that there will not be a problem with the recording, so students are strongly encouraged to secure notes from a classmate as well.  

Please also note that students should not contact their professor directly about recording classes; the Office of the Registrar will request permission and coordinate everything centrally, ensuring consistency and reducing confusion.  

If students decline to have the Law School record their participation in class for the sole purpose of allowing another student enrolled in the course to listen to the class discussion, after which time the recording is permanently destroyed, students must object in writing to the Dean of Students by the end of the second week of the quarter.  

The Law School records classes with appropriate permissions and safeguards and for the very limited purposes described above.  Students who record class on their own risk disciplinary and other action and may violate Illinois law.  

Please direct questions about recording requests or concerns to the Dean of Students and the Office of the Registrar.