University records and directory information
The Family Education Rights and Policy Act (FERPA) prohibits sharing certain personally identifiable student information and records without permission from the student. For this reason, students should give permission before you post their names or images in connection with their work in a public web environment. You should document that permission and keep a record of it.
Image, voice or likeness
Each website's supervisor should ensure that an identifiable subject has provided written consent before publishing that person's image, voice, or likeness on an official University website.
A release is necessary for any image, voice, video or likeness containing identifiable human subjects (including students, University employees, or non-University people), regardless of whether the likeness was obtained through a free information request, personal camera, or other means.
Releases aren't necessary when the photo or video's focal point is a building or non-human subject or when the photo or video is of a large group or crowd at an event or game. If you intend to record (audio or video) a lecture or other presentation, you should obtain written permission from the speaker(s).
- Missouri State marketing images are available for your use.
- Visual Media can provide additional photos that have proper releases.
Unless visual media or web strategy and development have already obtained the needed release, the website supervisor should provide notice, obtain consent, and keep a record of the consent. To obtain consent, the website supervisor should have the person complete and sign the Name, Voice, and Likeness Release.
If you intend to publicly post a recording and if it is likely to capture personally recognizable images or significant personally identifiable commentary from audience members, you should inform the audience of the recording process. For example, the announcement, invitation, or at a minimum, sign at the entrance to the event, should state clearly that the event will be recorded and that some audience participation and/or images may be captured in the recording process.
Removal of a likeness
If someone discovers his/her image, voice, or likeness in one of the university's online publications and would like it removed, s/he should notify web strategy and development.