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Accessibility Resource Center

Audio Recording Lectures

Tape recording is one of the accommodations specifically identified in Section 504, Subpart E, Postsecondary Education, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a means of ensuring full participation in educational programs or activities for students with disabilities

Please note: This accommodation must be approved by an Advisor, and will depend on the symptoms and severity of the student's disability and the requirements of the course.

Request Process

  1. Students must submit a new request for each class every semester.
  2. Requests may be submitted using the Service Request Portal.

If you have any questions about this accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.


  • Students generally purchase their own audio recording devices (such as a digital voice recorder). ARC and related offices are not responsible for providing audio recorders, but may have some recorders available for loan. These recording devices are loaned in a first come, first served manner and must be returned promptly at the end of the semester.
  • Students are required to contact your professors before the first class to notify them that you are approved by ARC to audio record lectures as a disability-related accommodation. Discuss with professors any concerns about recording lectures. Instructors may feel that it is inappropriate to record certain class discussions. You are approved to record lectures, but not necessarily discussions in which other students may reveal personal information or self-disclosure. If necessary, you or your instructor may ask an ARC Advisor to help make this distinction.
  • Students will use the recordings solely in pursuit of their educational program, not for any commercial or non-educational purpose.
  • Students will not engage in any secret recordings of lectures or interactions.
  • Students will not share the recordings with other students or anyone else.
  • Students will erase the recordings at the conclusion of the course (within 14 days after issuance of a grade) unless they obtain written authorization from the instructor to retain the recordings beyond this period.

Violation of these guidelines will be considered academic integrity and a violation of the CSU Chico Code of Conduct.