Instructor Information on Sharing Student Works
Student works that are part of course assignments at the University of Minnesota are unquestionably owned by the students who create them. This is true both as a general matter of law and of University policy.
Instructors can require students to share works in certain ways - this is best done by making all expectations for sharing clear in the course syllabus. Ideally, instructors will provide an option other than public sharing for all students; students should not have to disclose specific circumstances to receive privacy in their class work. However, if the instructor wishes to require all students to share publicly, including that requirement in the syllabus allows a student who prefers not to share her work in that way to discuss alternate options with the instructor early on, or opt out of the course.
If an instructor does not make sharing expectations clear up front, the instructor does not have the right to then make new decisions about sharing without additional permission from students. It is always a good idea for instructors to model the respect for authors and creators that they expect from their students.
Instructors should be aware that mainstream online platforms such as YouTube have their own policies and practices about what they'll host and when they'll take it down. These policies are usually related to what is legally allowed, but because the platforms also have private business deals with content providers, sometimes details can be a little opaque. If you are using mainstream online platforms as the main option for students to submit assigments or works, please be aware that the platforms may remove or take down content that is in fact within the students' rights to share for course work. It's always good to have a backup option planned.
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