Panopto Policies

Last updated: May 31, 2022

Panopto use

Panopto is meant to be used for educational purposes only. Active UW students, faculty, and staff may create recordings, put them in personal folders, and share them with UW audiences. Students can create recordings as part of class assignments, and, of course, instructors can create recordings for students. Use outside of these general guidelines, for example with non-matriculated students or public audiences, is not considered appropriate.

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, they may request that instructors not share recordings with personally identifiable content in them.

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.

See the UW Copyright Connection for information on copyrights and the Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Multimedia.