Just as we discussed last week in class whether or not we should know when and where the cameras are that can record us, it seems as though another local school is in the news for the reason we discussed. In today’s Boston Globe, there was an article about how Harvard University was secretly recording classrooms for a study on attendance.
With that, I wonder whether faculty and students here at UMass would have our opinions changed if we knew we were only being recorded for research purposes? And what exactly classifies research?
This news comes after it was reported in Spring 2013 that Harvard officials had reviewed thousands of student emails, which too had people “up in arms” about the decision. I just decided to share this article because it directly relates to the debate we were having last week in class and shows us that it is not only our school that is having these debates.
And if anyone has any additional thoughts to add, does the fact that Harvard is a private school affect the students right to know… or the university’s decision to not tell faculty and students of what they were doing?