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Panopto Policies

FERPA considerations when using Panopto

The University of Washington provides access to Panopto to enable faculty and staff to capture lectures and presentations for later playback by students enrolled in a specific course. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits access to student educational records—including these recordings.

FERPA prohibits disclosure of personally identifiable student records without a student’s written consent. A student may be able to be identified through video, audio, or other means. More information on FERPA and faculty and staff members’ responsibilities can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

If your captured lectures are available to a broader audience than just the course section originally being recorded, and if students are personally identifiable in the recording, FERPA requires written student consent to that disclosure. Students cannot be required to sign a consent form.

In any case, you should inform your students that the course is being recorded, and will be available for later playback to students taking the course.