Missouri lawmaker wants to allow recording in MU's classrooms

Jan 23, 2012

A St. Louis-area lawmaker wants to reverse a new University of Missouri policy that limits how students can redistribute recorded classroom lectures.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a bill filed by Republican Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific would allow public college students to freely share audio and video recordings of lectures.

The bill is a response to a University of Missouri system policy issued last month that requires students who want to distribute recordings outside of class to obtain "the express permission" of those on tape. Students and professors who violate the policy could face university disciplinary sanctions.

The rule emerged in response to an edited video posted online of a labor studies lecture at the Kansas City campus that suggested the professor advocated union violence.

The video depicted Judy Ancel, Director of Labor Studies at UMKC and Don Giljum, business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers at Ameren UE in St. Louis.

Ancel defended her lecture on Democracy Now, saying that the video was heavily edited and her words taken out of context.  She compared the video to recent right-wing video campaigns against ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NPR and former FDA official, Shirley Sherrod.