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Images (MUSC Resources)

To find out copyright policies for the resources below, click on the "more" link below each resource description, and/or look for the terms "copyright" or "usage" within each resource.

Protected Health Information: Photographs

Faculty, residents and students may use protected health information (PHI), including images, in education and training as long as those sessions are:
  • for educational purposes for faculty, residents or students
  • in-person on the university campus (e.g., lectures, case presentations, classroom settings)
  • not being recorded by a lecture capture system (e.g., Panapto)

Faculty, residents or students cannot use PHI in external settings, such as conferences, unless specifically authorized to do so by the patient.  

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Photos of People on Campus

This question focuses on the issue of permission for use of photographs taken here at MUSC (or of MUSC sponsored events).

  1. When do we need to get a permission signed in order to use a photograph and/or video (whether it's of a patient, student, faculty member, staff, etc.)?
  2. If we take a photograph or video in a class, do we need permission from each student in the class?
  3. What if we take a photograph/video of a campus scene that includes employees/students/faculty, etc. (e.g., during the Fat Tuesday celebration in the horseshoe)?

From Joe Good, University Counsel, retired: You have raised an issue of "privacy". 

  1. It is the better approach to get a release/consent signed any time you take an identifiable picture of anyone which you intend to publish.
  2. Technically, any student you can identify should be asked to sign a release.
  3. Pictures at social events and Student Government events etc. usually do not require any type of release.