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Accessibility Resource Center

Audio Recording Lectures

The audio recording of lectures is one of the accommodations specifically identified in Section 504, Subpart E, Post-secondary 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. Requests may be submitted using ARC Go!
  2. Students must submit a new request for each class every semester.

If you have any questions about this accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 or at arcdept@csuchico.edu(opens in new window).

Guidelines

  • Students generally utilize the use of the software, Otter.ai, to audio record lectures. This is a free web-based and smartphone-based software. Students will use Otter.ai unless otherwise instructed by their ARC Advisor. 
  • Students are required to complete a Recording Lecture Notes and Transcribing Services Agreement before authorized to audio record.
  • Students are required to submit a faculty notification letter via ARC Go! before the first class to notify the instructor 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 are required to only use the recordings solely in pursuit of an educational program, not for any commercial or non-educational purpose.
  • Students must agree not to share the recordings with other students or anyone else.
  • Students must erase the recordings at the conclusion of the course (within 14 days after issuance of a grade) unless the student obtains written authorization from the instructor to retain the recordings beyond this period.

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