Guidelines for Use of Student Work and Images in Courses

Use of Student-Created Work

  1. A student owns the copyright for all work e.g. software, photographs, reports, presentations and  email postings he or she creates within a class and the University is not entitled to use any student work without the student’s permission unless all of the following criteria are met:


    1. The work is used only once.
    2. The work is not used in its entirety.
    3. Use of the work does not affect any potential profits from the work.
    4. The student is not identified.
    5. The work is identified as student work. 
If the use of the work does not meet all of the above criteria, then the University office or department using the work must obtain the student’s written permission.  

Download the UNT System Permission, Waiver and Release Form


Instructors may use a web-based instrument that requires authentication using UNT's Enterprise User ID and password (e.g. Blackboard) to obtain students' permission for the use of their work by including the following information in the course syllabus:

A student shall not provide his/her password to anyone nor let anyone else have access to his/her account. A student is responsible for all uses of his/her password. For more information, students should consult the UNT Computer Use Policy at https://policy.unt.edu/policy/14-003

Transmission and Recording of Student Images in Electronically-Delivered Courses

  1. No permission is needed from a student for his or her image or voice to be transmitted live via videoconference or streaming media, but all students should be informed when courses are to be conducted using either method of delivery.

  2. In the event an instructor records student presentations, he or she must obtain permission from the student using a signed release in order to use the recording for future classes in accordance with the Use of Student-Created Work guidelines above.

  3. Instructors who video-record their class lectures with the intention of re-using some or all of recordings for future class offerings must notify students on the course syllabus if students' images may appear on video. Instructors are also advised to provide accommodation for students who do not wish to appear in class recordings.

    Example: This course employs lecture capture technology to record class sessions. Students may occasionally appear on video. The lecture recordings will be available to you for study purposes and may also be reused in future course offerings.
No notification is needed if only audio and slide capture is used or if the video only records the instructor's image. However, the instructor is encouraged to let students know the recordings will be available to them for study purposes.