Monday, November 21, 2011
In response to a misleadingly edited classroom video that went viral last spring and almost cost the professor his job, the University of Missouri has declared that students may no longer tape a professor's classes without first obtaining written permission. From the Chronicle of Higher Ed:
Under a policy change proposed by the University of Missouri, students who want to record classroom lectures would first have to obtain written permission from their professors and classmates, the Associated Press reports. Administrators say the intent is to protect “the sanctity of the classroom,” so students and faculty can freely express their opinions without worrying about their comments’ being posted online. The university was at the center of a controversy last spring after highly edited videos of labor-studies classes were posted online by the conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.