1. Audio and Video Devices on Campus: Rules and Risks when Recording in and out of the Classroom

Audio and Video Devices on Campus: Rules and Risks when Recording in and out of the Classroom

Audio and Video Devices on Campus: Rules and Risks when Recording in and out of the Classroom
Event ID: 17326
Session ID: 15853

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., director of professional education and policy development, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, legal counsel, marketing, technology departments, special education, student services
Best For: Higher Education

From a student recording a class on a cell phone to the use of a broad network of security cameras on school grounds, the increasing use of audio/video recording and surveillance in today’s colleges raises a variety of legal issues. Administrators need to have a comprehensive understanding of the laws that apply in a variety of different contexts in order to develop legally-defensive policies and procedures involving the use of audio/video technology. In this session we will provide a comprehensive analysis of the applicable laws as well as best practice tips for avoiding liability.

Please join attorney Erin D. Gilsbach as she addresses such topics as: federal and state wiretap laws and their applicability to recording on campus; legal obligations of schools with regards to the use of audio and/or video recording by students and staff for disability-related purposes; legal issues regarding video surveillance systems; intellectual property rights and considerations with respect to recordings made in the classroom; student rights and legal parameters of regulating student recording and streaming practices; student privacy rights with regards to surveillance and other recorded video content.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What legal rights do students have regarding the use of audio/video recording on campus?
  • Do state and/or federal wiretap laws apply to student on-campus recording?
  • Do students have a right, under FERPA, to view security surveillance videos?
  • Who “owns” the rights to a classroom lecture?
  • Can schools prohibit students from publishing on-campus recordings on the internet?
  • What legal obligations do schools have under the ADA and Section 504 to accommodate students with disabilities by permitting audio/visual recording?
  • Can an instructor refuse to permit audio/video recording in a classroom if school policy permits it?


Your conference leader for “Audio and Video Devices on Campus: Rules and Risks when Recording in and out of the Classroom” is Erin D. Gilsbach. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding Education and Education Law, Erin Gilsbach is the director of professional and policy development, an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul and a founding member of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofit affiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. She provides legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Ms. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by helping them to create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are developed not only upon consideration of statutory and regulatory requirements but also the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.

Voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers in Superlawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past three years, Ms. Gilsbach serves as president-elect of the PA School Boards Solicitors Association. She is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to joining King Spry and the Greyfriars Institute, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel.

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